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Moved into a new place? Congrats!
Now it’s time to decorate and make it your own.
No matter what type of decorations or decor you’re into, there are certain things every apartment needs.
Whether you’re going for a laid-back boho vibe or something more traditional, we’re going to discuss seven staples you’ll want to add to your shopping list.
With these seven pieces, you’ll be well on your way to designing your dream apartment:
A Bench/Shelf for Your Entryway
Shoes take up a lot of room. It’s easy for them to become a messy pile on the floor.
Instead of merely tossing your shoes into the hallway closet, get a nice little bench to keep by your front door.
You can sit down to put your shoes on before you head out or take them off when you come home from a long day.
And if the bench has a shelf underneath — which many of them do — you can keep shoes down there. No more piles of footwear cluttering up your entryway!
Wall Paint to Match Your Personality
Some apartment complexes don’t let you paint the walls. But if they do, be sure to take advantage of that policy.
While you might not think of wall paint as decor, technically, it’s just as (if not more) important than anything you’d hang on the walls.
It can do wonders in helping you design the perfect environment for yourself.
With a few rollers and a couple of cans of Benjamin Moore, you can make your apartment look like an entirely new place!
Window Treatments to Highlight Your Windows
It’s great to have a million windows in your apartment — we all love natural light. But privacy is important, too, and there are times you want to sleep without the sun beating down on you.
In other words, you’ll need some curtains or blinds to cover your windows.
Window treatments aren’t just functional, though. They come in all kinds of styles, sizes, and colors, and they can be quite decorative if you choose the right ones.
So, do some browsing to find a set that compliments your wall paint. The right window treatments can really tie your room’s composition together.
Storage Furniture for Your Living Room
Unless you have an enormous apartment or very few belongings, there’s going to come a time when you wish you had more space.
Even if you live in your dream home, a lack of space is just one of the realities of apartment living.
Don’t worry, though. There are solutions.
For instance, you can buy storage furniture for your living room. A lift-top coffee table or storage ottoman gives you extra space for storage.
You can put books, phone chargers, and all kinds of other things in there. You can even store extra throw pillows or blankets for guests in there if you’d like!
When you’re shopping around for living room furnishings, remember to ask yourself:
Does this serve one purpose or two?
It might look amazing, but if you can store things inside that table you’re considering, it’s even better!
A Headboard for Your Bed
Some people prefer to sleep without a headboard, and that’s alright. But a good headboard can do wonders for your rest.
If you have a poorly insulated wall, your headboard acts as a barrier between the wall and your head, so you’ll stay warmer.
It prevents your pillow from sliding down behind the bed while you sleep, too.
And most of all, headboards just look good. There’s no better way to make your bedroom look fully put together than having a nice headboard above your mattress.
Plus, it provides sturdy support for you to lean against if you’re sitting up and reading or watching a movie before you fall asleep.
What better way to relax in your dream apartment?
Mirrors (In Any or Every Room)
Everyone needs at least one mirror in their home, and that doesn’t include the bathroom vanity. They’re a multifunctional decoration.
Not only giving you a place to check your outfits before you go out, but they also make your apartment look bigger.
Because mirrors reflect the space around them, they create the illusion of a “hole” in the wall, making a room seem larger than it really is.
So again, even if you live in your dream apartment, you might not have as much space as you’d like. Mirrors are a great way to solve that problem!
They come in all shapes and styles, too, so it’s easy to find a framed mirror that matches the room you put it in.
Houseplants (Wherever You Like)
Don’t forget to bring some greenery into your apartment! No matter what your home looks like, plants are a great addition that can liven up any interior.
And as you may know, they also create oxygen, which has significant benefits for your sleep schedule and respiratory health.
Don’t let your lack of a green thumb get you down, either. There are plenty of low-maintenance plants that require very little sunlight, water, or even attention.
That means you can reap the decorative and health benefits of them without worrying about keeping them alive.
Congratulations on finding your dream apartment. Now, it’s time to make it even dreamier with the right decor.
The choice between a rustic theme, a midcentury modern ensemble, or some other type of decor is up to you. But no matter how you decide to furnish and decorate your place, give these seven ideas a thought.
They’ll make your home look and function better and, in turn, make it a more enjoyable place to live your life.
Amber Smith is the Leasing Manager at Catalyst Houston. With over seven years of experience in luxury apartment communities, this Houston native has true pride in her city and understands why Catalyst is the perfect place to call home.