Small and Cheap Changes That Will Make Your New Apartment Feel Like Home

There isn’t anything more exciting than moving into your very own apartment. With a new place, you get to try out new routines, go shopping for fun decor and have a fresh start. But there’s always that one problem, and that’s finding ways to make your new apartment feel like home. Having a cozy home you know you can retreat to, is the most important elemet of well-being.

Have good lighting

There is a reason why lighting is the first tip to making your home snug. There is nothing more important than good lighting when creating a cozy atmosphere. You should avoid any harsh, single overhead lighting.

Rather, you want to make sure you have an abundance of task lighting, table and floor lamps, candles, and ambience lighting. When the sun goes down, create bundles of illumination where you want focal points to be.

If introducing additional lights and re-doing your lighting situation is out of the question for financial reasons, you can just add some warm bulbs throughout the rooms to cozy up.

Add artwork and mirrors

Another really easy way to make your place homier is to add artwork and mirrors. You should look into buying floor-to-ceiling mirrors or pieces of art you can lean against the wall. There are a lot of great places to find items like these that are unique but also feel more expensive than they are. 

Wall art that’s unique usually makes people think your home is very luxurious, even though you didn’t have to pay a lot for it.

Mount your TV

This a really simple, yet brilliant move. You can buy a mount for your TV just about anywhere. Not only will it look good, but it’ll free up some space. Mounting a TV seems too obvious, but people forget how much it can open up a room.

If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to make the most of your square footage and make your space look more classy, look at mounting your TV.

Add faux greenery

If you are not confident or just don’t want the commitment to take care of living plants, go for faux greenery instead. There’s absolutely nothing wrong if you want to decorate your place with fake plants and flowers. No reason to feel bad or ashamed about it.

However, try to stay away from anything too obviously fake and plastic looking.

Update the cabinets and appliances

Most apartments when you move in have really old and outdated cabinets. Painting cabinets and resurfacing cabinets are a cheap and easy fix. You just need sandpaper, wood veneer and a couple of hours to spare. You can also add new hardware to the cabinets to make it even more updated.

Nothing makes a home homier than a kitchen that is fully prepared for living. Equip your kitchen with the best cost-efficient appliances you can find. A great idea is to buy refurbished appliances and fixing them up with home appliance spare parts and getting a whole new appliance for much cheaper.

Stella Ryne

Stella Ryne is an art historian, traveller, conscious consumer and a proud mother. When she is not trying to improve the things around her (and herself, for that matter), she likes to lose herself in a good book. She’s deeply into green practices, cherishing the notion that sustainable living and sustainable travel will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit and what we eat, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. Stay in touch with Stella via Twitter @RyneStella

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