The New Year is the time for new beginnings and fresh starts! We’ve all been stuck inside too much lately and our homes can start to feel dull and unimaginative. Start the new year off right by revamping your apartment and giving yourself a fresh space. With a little TLC and our quick apartment decorating tips, you can make your apartment feel fresh and new in no time!
Declutter Your Space
Taking the time to declutter can go a long way in making your apartment feel like a new space. But, it can easily feel overwhelming. One of the best ways to reduce this feeling is to tackle this task by going room-by-room rather than the whole apartment at once. Even though this is a bit of work, your space feels cleaner, and you’ll have more space to keep the things you love or bring in new pieces!
Rearrange Your Furniture
Changing the layout of your furniture can make a drastic impact when it comes to making your apartment feel new. Consider rearranging furniture to make a small nook or two in order to create more intimate spaces in your apartment. For example, make a reading corner in your bedroom or arrange your living room into two different areas- one for work and one for play. If you’re happy with your furniture layout, consider finding a different home for various knick-knacks, floor lamps, etc. (or add in some new ones!).
Add Some Greenery
Bringing plants into your apartment is a great way to provide color, freshness, and a homey atmosphere. Many different species of plants thrive indoors, including Snake plants, ZZ plants, Iron plants, cacti, air plants, and even Ficus trees. Just make sure to use caution if you have pets, as not all plants are pet safe. Or if you don’t have a green thumb, look for artificial plants! They still provide the aesthetic benefits of plants, without all the watering and maintenance.
Choose a New Signature Scent
One of the simplest ways to refresh your space is to simply pick a new scent for your home. Whether you opt for wax melts or an essential oil diffuser, choosing a scent that is different from what you’ve had as your “signature” can make your space feel entirely new without having to do any heavy lifting. Plus, you can use the diffuser you already own or choose a new one that goes with the new vibe you want your space to have.
Refresh Your Linens
Make your apartment feel like a hotel by simply changing out your towels and bedding. Choosing high-quality bath towels can make your bathroom feel like a spa. At the same time, choosing a new duvet and bed sheets with a high thread count can give your bedroom a luxurious feel. This is also a great time to get rid of any stained or ripped linens, so you have space for the new ones.
Buy A Rug with Character
If you’re looking to change the vibe of your space, an area rug can do just the trick. Area rugs come in various sizes, colors, patterns, textures, and piles that can transform your room. You want to make sure you get the right size though. Get a big enough rug to have part of your furniture (at least two feet) on the rug to help pull your space together, which is especially important in seating areas. To keep it from slipping and bunching on smooth surfaces, make sure you get a good rug pad.
Give Your Furniture a Facelift
Chances are you have furniture you’re tired of but don’t feel like getting rid of it or replacing it. Giving it a facelift is the next best thing. Paint a chest of drawers and swap out the hardware to give it an entirely new look. If painting feels overwhelming, another fun way is to use contact paper or wrapping paper. This way, you can easily put bold, funky patterns inside your bookshelves or make your tabletop look like marble. The payoff is well worth the little bit of time invested.
Use Throw Pillows for Texture
Throw pillows are vastly underrated. They play a major role in the overall design of your space by adding pattern, texture, and color. But they also offer back support and give your space a bit of coziness, which can be hard to come by. A good rule of thumb to follow is one solid color, one large print, and one busy print, all within a single color palette (and don’t forget to play with texture, too!). For sofas and large beds, getting two sets is recommended to keep things symmetrical. Just make sure your pillows are proportionate to your furniture to keep your home looking clean and cozy.
While these tricks can help refresh your space, sometimes you still need a change of scenery. Whether you’re looking to move to or are already in Charlottesville, Brookdale Apartments offers spacious apartments with a variety of floorplans that are perfect for starting the year off fresh and new. Contact us today to see what Brookdale Apartments has to offer!