For many people, where they hang their hat at the end of the day is one of their greatest sources of pride and joy. You don’t have to be a homeowner for your living space to be your most outward expression of who you are and what you value. Apartment renters worldwide spend countless hours and large amounts of money to make their apartments a form of self-expression to enjoy for themselves and their guests. If you’re looking for ways to elevate your apartment in a flash, some easy updates and additions can make all the difference. Keep reading for the top ways to up your apartment’s aesthetic, literally, overnight.
Introduce More Color
While the minimalist aesthetic and lifestyle have been gaining momentum for a decade, especially when it comes to fashion and home design, that doesn’t mean your apartment has to be solid white or full of neutrals. Introduce more color into your apartment’s living room through a fresh coat of bold paint, new throw rugs, blankets, and bright, colorful toss pillows. You don’t have to add clutter if that’s not your design style, but more color can give a dull apartment a vibrant upgrade overnight.
Update Your Furniture
Many people start with hand-me-down furniture from a relative or friend; perhaps they got their furniture second-hand or even picked it up from a curbside. For many reasons, from budget to lack of concern over furniture style, they may have never updated the furniture in their apartment. How much does it cost to furnish an apartment? It really depends on the brand, quality, and how much furniture you need. You shouldn’t get caught up on furnishing the whole apartment at once, focus on adding a few statement pieces in areas of the apartment that are highly trafficked. A new sofa in a fun velvet texture and bright color is an instant elevation and a mid-century modern-style dining table. You can make this change overnight and continue to build on the momentum you feel with the furniture upgrades as budget and time allows it.
The world of peel-and-stick wallpaper is booming right now, with people using it to cover entire bathrooms and bedrooms, adding an accent wall to a bedroom or nursery, or even to their staircases. There are limitless options for where and how to use peel-and-stick wallpaper. Additionally, they take almost zero know-how and can be an easy overnight project to elevate the space. If you want to avoid fuss with large rolls of wallpaper, wall decals are another option. Some companies can satisfy any design taste, from modern to floral to retro, and you can place these haphazardly in a pattern – whichever suits your taste.
We spend over one-third of our lives sleeping (or at least, we should), and your bedroom is your sanctuary. If your apartment bedroom lacks the oomph you’re looking for, a new bedding set could be just the ticket to elevating the space. Invest in the highest quality bed linens you can afford and place them with patterns and textures that match your existing decor. In addition to replacing your comforter and sheets, consider investing in a mattress topper and a mattress pad to ensure you fall asleep quickly and have sweet dreams. Comfort is key to making your apartment feel like the haven it should be.
Upgrade the Kitchen Space
You don’t have to be a contestant on Master Chef or even a foodie to appreciate a higher taste level of design in the kitchen. Simple ways to elevate your kitchen experience in a flash are sticking on backsplashes, changing out knobs and drawer pulls for more modern styles, and upgrading the overhead lighting. Speaking of kitchen lighting, LED lighting strips are easy to adhere underneath kitchen cabinets to give your space more depth, not to mention easier to navigate when you’re craving a midnight snack.
You don’t have to be a handyman or Bob Vila to make these overnight changes to your apartment – in fact, you don’t need any experience at all. In life, the devil is in the details, so these small elevations can transform your apartment in a flash and make your apartment feel like true self-expression, even if you’re renting. Welcome to your new home, sweet home.