You’ve moved in to a new apartment, and the chance to personalize your new space has set your mind ablaze with decorating inspiration. But how do you decide what to decorate first?[find-an-apartment]
Use these tips to help you set your decorating priorities and channel your great ideas into a workable plan.
Know your decorating budget
First, before you decorate anything in your apartment, you have to know your decorating budget. Look over your household budget and see how much money you might have left over and available to finance decorating plans. Once you know how much money you have to work with, your decorating budget might dictate how large your first decorating project can be.
You might start by choosing the project that seems cheapest. A complete makeover of your living room requiring a new couch, table and entertainment furniture might be cost prohibitive right after your move, but fresh accessories to place on those items could help you enjoy them anew — at least until you’ve saved enough for the big-ticket change-outs you’re dreaming of. Pick colorful pillows, interesting coffee table books or unique accent vases to spice up the old as you plan for the new.
Go for impact
You want your first project to give a lot of bang for the buck. You want to decorate in a way that will be noticed by those who visit your apartment home.
Consider decorating in a high-traffic area such as your entryway or living room. The accessories you’ve brought into your apartment might provide clues right where to begin. Or you might set your energy to one category of decorating that affects several rooms, such as painting, for instance. You might color-coordinate apartment walls with shades in your favorite pieces of furniture. A fresh coat of color could make a great start for your decorating fantasia.
Take care of a decor sore spot
Is there a place in your apartment that looks awkward or feels unpleasant to you? That might be the best place to decorate first. If you are not happy about that spot now, your feelings about this area are not going to improve without a change. Decorate there so you will feel better about the decor projects that follow.
Decorate for you
Another school of thought when it comes to setting decorating priorities is to pick the decorating project that will please you the most. You are the one who is living in the apartment, after all. You might want to choose a room where you spend most of your time and decorate it first. If you need a respite from the world, decorate your bedroom first, creating a serene sanctuary. If you plan on spending a lot of time snuggled up on the couch with a good book, decorate the living room so it is warm and inviting.
Heed these words of warning
Wherever and however you decorate, make sure that you are following the regulations put forth in your lease. You don’t want to spend a lot of time painting every wall in your apartment, only to find out that the color you just put up is not approved by apartment community management.
Also, once you choose where you want to decorate first, stick to that plan until the project is completed. Tackle one task at a time so you don’t end up with a dozen half-finished decorating projects around your apartment.
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