How to Spruce Up Your Apartment

If you live in an apartment, you probably know that customizing your home can be difficult without changing things against your landlord’s wishes.  Luckily, there are several ways you can spruce up your apartment without violating the terms of your lease:

1. Bring in the greens.  Bringing plants into your apartment adds life–literally.  Studies have shown that homes with house plants allow for a more cheerful home environment than those without.  If you’re the type to kill plants, try putting a low-maintenance cactus plant in your kitchen window sill.  Artificial plants are also an option, but they tend to be more pricey.

2. Decorative pillows.  Throw pillows can bring color into your living space.  Add to your sofas and be sure to create contrast.  Many people choose a mix of throw pillows that include a solid color as well.  Remember, contrast is key.

3. Shelving.  Add a bookshelf to your apartment and fill in the spaces with sentimental objects.  Don’t be afraid to venture away from the stereotypical box-like bookshelf and explore other shapes or shelving designs like in the picture below.

4. Lighting. If your apartment is like most, you probably aren’t getting the kind of lighting you wish you had.  Make sure window areas are not blocked so as to maximize natural lighting. Get a matching set of lamps, whichcan be purchased for a relatively low price.  Floor lamps are a great way to add style to the room and light to dark corners.

5. Rug.  A bold, brightly colored rug is a great way to give your apartment a makeover.  It changes texture, shape, and color, all of which affect the whole room.

6. Backsplash.  Removable wallpaper or tiles can be used to create a backsplash in your kitchen.  Both are easy to take down when you move, making it the perfect remedy for an ugly apartment kitchen.