Decorating Your First Apartment

Decorating your first apartment can be a major challenge; you want to make the space your own, but are also working within a limited budget and time frame. We needed some inspiration, so we talked to Noa Santos, co-founder and CEO of a service called Homepolish that was created to match homeowners and renters with interior designers. Basically, this guy knows a thing or two about how to spruce up a place, and we were all ears. He gave us ten simple ideas that will give you a unique apartment, even if it’s your first.

Curated vignettes:

More than any other space in your home, vignettes can tell people about you and your story. Now, this isn’t an excuse for a ton of clutter and junk to be sticking around your space. On your desk, sideboards, side tables, etc, choose a small selection of items that all coordinate together. Think about the story you want to tell, and try to tie each vignette together with a subtle theme.

Invest in art:

You might be telling yourself that you’re too young, too poor, or too whatever to have art in your space, because art is for rich millionaires who live in penthouses. You couldn’t be more wrong! Picking out and investing in pieces that really speak to you will add an air of sophistication to your space. (Even if you have to splurge on a poster version instead of the hand-signed original.)

Smart electronics:

This may seem like a boring detail, but it makes a world of difference when it comes to your home or office. Whenever you have an excess of power cords whether its from appliances, entertainment systems, or lighting, make sure you organize them. Nicely wrap them up and hide them behind large pieces of furniture, or stealthily conceal them under rugs. It’s much better than having a mess of cords.

Landing spots:

No, we aren’t talking about planes. Landing spots are high-traffic areas in your home. Think about the spot before your bathroom mirror, the kitchen sink, the stove, and your bedside. Pick out small area rugs to designate these spaces and make them special. Since these are also areas where you’re typically barefoot, your feet will thank you.

Don’t forget to make it homey:

Whether it’s a home or an office space, make it welcoming. Add in small items such as pillows, throws or books to make a space look as if it’s been lived in. Not only does it make it more inviting, it also makes newcomers more at ease.

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