Renters are moving at historically low rates across the country. With the cost of rent going up in most big cities, we can see why. If you find a place that is in a good location and relatively low rent, make yourself cozy.

Transforming an apartment into your own space can be difficult for some. Whether it’s the landlord’s restrictions on what can be changed or lack of ideas. You can still make an impact with some creative apartment decorating.

This guide will allow you to explore ways of expressing your personality without big remodels. Everything can be done on a cheap budget, too.

Buy or Make Art

We can’t all choose a stylish apartment to start with. Sometimes that is a good thing, though. If the apartment space is bland, think of it as a blank canvass.

By hanging pieces of artwork, finding sculptures, or custom furniture, you set the tone. The artwork doesn’t have to be fancy or provocative. Find some interesting pieces that are not your typical dentist lobby art.

If you’ve never made art before, try doing abstract art or impressing yourself with some Bob Ross tutorials. This is stuff that is going to follow you wherever you live and make it undeniably yours.

Washi Tape

If you’re not feeling the paintbrush art, try your hand at some tape art. Washi tape is not your average tape. This is a tape that won’t leave a sticky residue and creates a ton of color.

You can use it on your walls, create borders on tabletops, trims for furniture, and so forth. This is a really cheap and easy way to add some art and color to a beige and gray landscape.

Plants Are Friends

Indoor plants change the whole atmosphere of a room. You don’t need to be a gardener to successfully keep indoor plants alive. All you need is a basic reminder app or Google Calenders.

Indoor palm fronds are excellent living room pieces. Set one in a corner and watch how much people gravitate towards it. Indoor succulents and vines also make great additions.

Plants are your friends, they keep the stuffy apartment feeling fresh and clean.

Lay an Area Rug

If you moved into an apartment with bland, ugly, or high-maintenance floors, get a rug. A large area rug is a great investment for anyone who changes apartments often. Get one that is durable, doesn’t shed, and can be moved by yourself if you need to.

An area rug can set the tone for your apartment, providing primary colors for your color scheme.

Accent Pieces

If you don’t have a rug as an accent piece, look for something big. A big bright couch, a hand-carved coffee table, or a big piece of tapestry for the wall. Having that one big statement piece will set your apartment apart from the rest.

On the outside apartment complexes are usually so bland, so people walking inside won’t expect something so bold. This has to be a piece that you can easily take with you unless your landlord wants to make an offer.

Temporary Wallpaper

The walls are usually off-limits for modifications, but you can get around this with temporary wallpapers. This ain’t your grandma’s wallpaper. Temporary wallpaper can come in a variety of textures, patterns, and colors.

Want to add a faux-wood or brick pattern to your walls that look believable? You can find temp wallpaper with raised textures that will fool even the most critical of eyes. You don’t even have to tell them that it’s temporary.

Live your best faux-lux life without regrets.

Nail the Layout

Affordable apartment layouts are going to follow the rectangle standard. If you do enough browsing online for apartments, you’ll notice layouts never change up until a certain price point. The easiest way to add a luxury feel to your apartment is by rearranging everything.

Furniture shouldn’t run parallel to the walls. Fixtures should be assigned to roles, not spaces. What we mean by that is don’t always go for big lights, you want some shadow play.

Going diagonal is a simple way to shift your layout, but don’t sacrifice comfort or space too much.

Cozy Apartment Decorating

Outside of furniture, appliances, and fixtures, you should also spend some time looking at comfort items. Pillows, throws, card tables, storage for games, mini-bars, and lots of mementos. These little things are what make your apartment fell warm and inviting.

Nobody likes stopping by apartments that are purely functional and offer no incentive to chill. That’s like coming over someone’s house and they only have one controller to play video games with.

Lighting Fixtures

We mentioned a little bit about laying out your lights to break up the monotony. The best to accomplish this is by buying different types of lighting fixtures. Spotlights, accent lights, fairy lights, and retro lights are good examples.

Replacing the default apartment lights is an easy project to undertake. Do some browsing in home depot and 2nd-hand stores for inspiration. You might want to keep the original lights, in case your landlord doesn’t approve of your style.

New Apartment, New You

If you’re feeling stuck or stagnant in life, new apartment decorating can help you get unstuck. Don’t let your current situation define you as a person. Use this as an opportunity to start over and clear out negative energies.

These tips are great for anyone currently looking to move into a new place but haven’t been moved by the interiors. If you’re looking for apartments in Chicago, expand your search using our directory. We have listings for apartments housing up to six bedrooms.

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