Does your apartment rental ever feel a little drab and boring? Do you wish that there were ways to make it feel more like your home instead of just some place you will inhabit for a period of time? Well, I’m happy to tell you that there are a whole lot of ways to make your space feel homey, happy and welcoming that don’t require a huge investment.
One of the fastest and easiest ways to transform your apartment rental from impersonal to inviting is to try on some new paint colors! Color can have a drastic effect on mood and on the overall feelings a space evokes. Blues and greens have a calming, soothing effect and are great for spaces where you spend a lot of time relaxing (such as bedrooms and living rooms). Yellows are stimulating and happy; great for bathrooms, laundry rooms or kitchens. Tones of pink and purple are said to stimulate creativity and balance, making them appropriate for any room in your home! Finally, neutral tones can give a warm feeling to the room and will easily match the other décor in any room.
Light, particularly natural light, is another great way to make your apartment rental feel like a welcoming place. Open your curtains and blinds to let the sunshine pour into your space! If your apartment doesn’t offer a whole lot of natural light, spend a small sum investing in lamps and light fixtures and make sure to spend a little extra on lightbulbs that mimic the feel of natural sunlight.
No matter how large or small your apartment rental may be, there’s always enough space to invite the outdoors in. Succulents and cactus require very little upkeep and can flourish easily with minimal amounts of water or attention. Plants such as Pothos will add a pop of green throughout your space and also don’t require much time. They have the added benefit of working as natural air purifiers as well! You might even consider purchasing and installing a window box where you can plant a tiny herb garden!
Among the simplest of ways to make your space feel inviting is to clean and declutter it. Shelving and other surfaces that are stacked with paperwork or overladen with tchotchke can be extremely overstimulating and create a heavy feel to the atmosphere inside your apartment. A space, however, that is free from debris and visually appealing will have all of your guests breathing a little easier and feeling right at home.
Get a Pet
There’s nothing quite as inviting as having a pet to greet you at your front door when you come home! That being said, adopting a dog or a cat is not going to appeal to everybody. That does not, however, mean that you are destined to remain without a pet! A fish tank, for example, is much easier to maintain, but has the ability to offer a similar calming effect by bringing a water element into your home. Fish come in every size and color, giving you the opportunity to create a beautiful and inviting focal point that suits your taste and décor.
Don’t Forget Your Entryway
If you want to make your apartment rental feel more welcoming, start at the front door! The uncomplicated act of purchasing a welcome mat or hanging up a wreath or door plaque could be just what it takes to shift the energy of your space in a more positive direction. If your landlord will allow it, you might even consider painting your front door a fun, bright color that feels happy and appealing.
Another great way to make your apartment feel homier is to add your own unique flavor! Blow up some of your favorite shots of friends and family and frame them to add a personal element. Hang artwork that reflects your style and represents the things that mean the most to you! This invites your visitors to get a deeper look into who you are, making them feel much more comfortable in your space.
Tap Into Your Senses
Burning incense and candles, diffusing essential oils and keeping soft music playing in your apartment rental are other simple ways to make your space feel more welcoming. Offering a sensory experience to both yourself and your guests will have everybody who enters your space feeling calmer, more casual and fully content.
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