Moving into a new apartment is always an exciting process, and once you get your possessions unpacked and have a chance to flop down on the couch for the first time, you'll feel like you're home. Whereas homeowners can tackle a number of projects that will help to make their new home feel like it's actually theirs, you need to get a little more creative when you live in an apartment. Tenants can't often paint their new apartment to suit their tastes or change the flooring type, but this doesn't mean that you can't transform the space to truly feel like it belongs to you. Here are some ideas to implement.
Decorate With Pictures
You might not be able to paint your walls, but that doesn't mean that you can't decorate them in other ways. One of the best ways to quickly make a newly rented apartment feel like it's your home is to decorate the walls with pictures. A hammer, some nails, and some screws and anchors for heavier items are all the tools you'll need to transform the look of the walls. Hanging up framed photos is a little more work than pinning posters on the walls, but you'll be pleased with the look of the apartment when you're done.
Put Down An Area Rug
If the color or style of the apartment's flooring don't immediately suit you, a simple solution is to put down an area rug. Whether you have a rug that you used in a past home or apartment or you go out to buy one specifically for the purpose of changing the style of your apartment, you'll find that this simple decor item goes a long way toward making your newly rented apartment feel like it's yours. Similarly, a fluffy floor mat placed beside your bed will give you a comforting feeling when your feet hit the floor in the morning.
Change The Curtains
Some apartments for rent are equipped with curtains, while others are not. If your unit doesn't have curtains, you'll obviously want to put some up for privacy's sake. However, if your unit does have curtains, changing them into a style that is more suitable to your tastes can help the space feel like home. Whether you favor something new or you'd rather look in a thrift shop to find something vintage and funky, this project will quickly change the look and feel of your newly rented apartment — and you can easily put the original curtains back before you move out.