Sure, we all wish we lived in a giant penthouse or a large, airy loft-- but when you're looking for a reasonably priced apartment in a big city, that's rarely what you end up with. In fact, more often than…
You'd think living in an apartment would limit your decorating options, but it doesn't have to. Sure, you can't paint on the walls unless you're willing to forfeit your security deposit, but that doesn't mean your place has to be drab and dreary-- quite the opposite, actually. You have many choices for how to add some color to your apartment.
In our Spring Spruce-Up Survey, you spoke up loud and clear about what colors tickle your fancy: earth tones. But when not done properly, an au naturale color palette can be the ultimate snooze fest. Our earthy color palettes should serve as inspiration so that your pad doesn't become an endless sea of boring beige.
News flash: It’s cold outside. And if you’re smart enough to save money and energy by turning the heat down inside, you know how important your winter bedding is. There’s only one danger: your bed will be so warm and comfy that you might not want to get out of it in the morning (but then again, don’t you always want to catch a few extra Zs when that alarm goes off?) When it’s time to load up your apartment bedroom with the coziest bedding, think beyond the sheets. Here are some ideas to stay warm all night long: Down comforters are what’s up For fluffy warmth, it doesn’t get much better than down. Your most expensive down comforters – designed to be covered by a duvet, or just thrown on top of the bed as they are – will be filled with 100 percent goose down, but a more affordable alternative is a comforter filled with a mixture of down and feathers.
If apartment decorating doesn't come naturally to you, don’t worry: you can still create great-looking apartment decor by modeling your interior after a popular decorating style. [find-an-apartment] Here is an overview of common apartment decorating styles to use as a guide.
Have you ever wondered why a certain room color makes you relaxed or agitated? Or why you are always drawn to your favorite color, time and time again? Behaviors and feelings triggered by color are all part of color psychology. In fact, one of the most notable color psychology studies from the 1970s and 80s showed that the color pink calmed schoolchildren. Now, it’s not uncommon for prison holding cells to be painted pink, as well – to calm down the inmates! Read on to find out more about the powerful effects of color on a person. You can make your own apartment peaceful when you know the colors of your own mind!
Whether you’re moving to a small apartment or home for budgetary reasons or just because this place is in a great neighborhood, don’t let the four walls close in on you. Brighten and widen up your small space by following the clever design tips below.
Want to spruce up your living space into a high-tech paradise? Here are 103 pieces of technology for your apartment that you cannot live without.