Spring is all about fresh starts. Wardrobe makeovers, revamped routines and (perhaps best of all) shiny new digs. Leases are about to be up, and if you’re not renewing, you’ll soon be searching the urban jungle for a new rental. Half the fun of a new pad, and a new neighborhood, is the decorating. You’ll have a clean slate to work with space-wise, so why not re-evaluate your decor?
Perhaps you’re moving into your first “adult” apartment; you know, a space you’re actually proud to invite people over to, not the shoebox you used to live in. Now’s the perfect time to treat yourself to that amazing bedding you’ve been eyeing for the last few months, or at the very least, a new candle. To make your move easier, we’ve rounded up the best tips for curating a space we love. Read below for our decorating tips; they’re bound to impress…
- Invest wisely. We know how tempting it can be to go all out once you have a bigger budget, especially when it comes to your space. We’re warning you now, though, that strategy will only leave you with an empty wallet and a ton of furniture you probably didn’t even need. We say invest in big, timeless pieces like a statement velvet couch or a dark wood dining room table. They’ll last longer than your current lease and can truly make or break a room.
- Minimize mindfully. It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Marie Kondo around here; she’s helped us shape up our closets in a major way. Apply her tidying up theories to your main living space, and you’ll not only feel more joyful but you’ll also have a cleaner looking space. We’re not saying get rid of everything, quite the opposite actually. Focus on the items in your life that bring you joy (like that candle from London or the vintage photograph of Lauren Bacall) and design around them. There’s no need to sacrifice style for functionality!
- Consciously uncouple with your Ikea furniture. We know, it was all you could afford when you first moved to the city, and, yes, that couch was surprisingly stain-proof. But now is the time to start fresh. If you’re ever going to actually feel like a real adult in your real adult apartment, you have to toss the $29 chairs and $8 lamps.
- Buy a knife set. Even if you aren’t a chef (Lord knows we aren’t), having a complete knife set makes you feel accomplished. Do your research, and buy when the price is right. Places like Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table offer amazing deals on top-notch knives all the time, particularly at the start or end of seasons. Who knows, maybe you’ll develop a talent for slicing and dicing!
- Focus on affordable art. Decorating your space doesn’t have to mean spending an arm and a leg. We shop thrifty online stores like Society6 and One King’s Lane when we want to make a change but don’t want to spend a ton of change, if you catch our drift.
- Get all new towels. Nothing says “put-together” like a full set of towels. Make sure to buy enough for you, your partner, and a guest if need be. Really go all the way with a set of tea towels, hand towels, and wash clothes that match. Go for a neutral color that you can match to statement pieces, like bold hardware in the bathroom or flashier plates in the kitchen.
- Organize your closet. It’s time to get rid of that catch all chair. You know the one, where you throw all of the clothes you try on but decide not to wear? Buy sturdy hangers you actually, that won’t break or fold under heavy coats and jeans. Get racks for your shoes and treat your shelves like a department stores; organize by color and how frequently you wear it.