So you’ve just moved into a new apartment. That said, you probably want to freshen things up around the place.
Of course, renovations aren’t always on the charts or in the budget for most folks. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and make a change, there are several budget options you can choose from:
1. Switching Up the Lighting Fixtures
There should be at least two lighting fixtures in your main rooms, ideally including the kitchen. Having some fancy or unique lighting fixtures can change up your living experience. Switch out the basic fixtures you have, or think of changing a design that you’re tired of by now.
You may consider some designs with a bit of ornamentation, such as pendant lights, chandeliers, and wall sconces. You can also try to add some more lighting options such as floor lamps. It’s also best to have two kinds of light sources in every room. An overhead light fixture should have a table lamp to provide a softer lighting option.
2. Making the Entryway Practical
If you have a designated entryway, make it practical for yourself and your visitors. Even if it’s a tiny space, you can add a tiny vanity and a mirror. This way, anyone coming in can set down their shopping, have a place for their keys, and see whether they’re presentable before coming all the way in.
There might also be room for a bench to sit down on for putting your shoes on, with space underneath for your footwear. Wall hooks are another useful addition, while you can add a wall hanging or a picture wall to make a lovely first impression.
3. Focusing on the Living Room
If you have only a limited amount of time and even more limited resources, we suggest you focus on the living room for now. Whether you’re living in one of those apartments in Pleasanton or looking at some Oahu houses for rent, you’re likely to have a largish living room for everyday purposes.
First of all, think about what you’re going to use the living room for. If watching television is going to be the main activity, you probably want all the furniture pointing towards your screen. However, we do suggest breaking up things a little by setting aside a cozy corner with two chairs for intimate coffee sessions.
A sofa, coffee table, cabinet, bookcase, and some wall art are the main objects you need to have in your living room. Focus on each of these items and invest in something new if you have the budget for it. You can also try making changes such as hanging up new art, which can instantly change the look of any room.
If you’re confused about where to start, prioritize two specific spaces for your main focus. These could be the bedroom and the living room, which is where you probably do most of your ‘living’ anyway. Focus on the quality of the décor rather than the quantity, and visualize just how you want the room to look and function. The ideas above will give you some inspiration, but you have to put in the resources!