Décor Must Haves for your First Apartment

Moving out on your own for the first time should be fun and exciting. This is the time where you embark on new adventures while upholding adult responsibilities. Over all, renting your own apartment is the only time you will be able to truly display your style. You will leave your childhood room with your parents for a blank canvas that you can decorate anyway you see fit. Make your new home functional and stylish with these décor must haves, inspired by popsugar.com.

No blank walls

via Ikea
via Ikea

Before you start putting paint on the walls, find out what your apartment’s policy is for painting, and hanging up pictures. Some apartments do not allow renter’s to paint the walls. If this is the case for you, do not despair; utilize posters, pictures, paintings, decals and signs of your choice. Popsugar.com believes that by “adding a frame will instantly upgrade your favorite art and add visual interest to your new ‘adult’ walls.”

Balance neutral and vibrant colors

via Urbanoutfitter
via Urbanoutfitter

You may love lime green, but bold colors such as this can be a hit or miss with your guests. Use these bold colors for places that only you will be in, like the bedroom. For public spaces, like the living room, use a more neutral palette. Popsugar.com further suggests that “for your first place, pick a curtain with texture but in a neutral color. This way, they can easily blend with your decor and newly acquired pieces.” By choosing neutral colors, it will be easier to find furniture to match as your tastes that continue to change over time.

Statement pieces

via Anthroplogie
via Anthroplogie

Add flair to your new space with fun accent pieces. This can be anything “from sentimental pieces to quirky accents,” according to popsugar.com. This is the perfect time to hit the flea market to find antique looking pieces that speak to you. Older pieces always makes a space look mature, but if you are more modern, opt for sleek vases or lamps with structure. The point is, have a piece that allows “your decor to showcase your personality!”

Storage!

via urbanoutfitter
via urbanoutfitter

For your first apartment, buy furniture that can double as storage. This will save you money down the line! Ottomans are wonderful pieces that can give you storage and act as a coffee table. Popsugar.com suggests you “opt for grass baskets. They are a versatile option for any room, and they can store everything from magazines to laundry.” By using grass baskets as storage you can hide clutter—that we are all guilty of, in a fun, stylish way.

via Ikea

 

About Stacy Narine

Originally from Paterson, NJ, I recently graduated from Seton Hall University with my B.A in English. I will be starting my M.A program in Literature at Seton Hall University in spring 2015. I love Pinterest, Photoshop, and writing fictional short stories about characters who are trying to establish a sense of individuality while in relationships. Ready to momentarily stray from fiction, I am motivated to write about topics that are important to women.

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