Making a cozy home out of an apartment that comes with its own furniture is a bit hard but it’s not impossible. There are many different ways you can give your space a personal touch, from the ceiling down to the floor. You can read a lot of information on the internet on how to decorate a furnished apartment. To get started, here are some general ideas you can do:
The walls. Get rid of those boring white walls and apply a fresh coat of paint to make the place feel brand-new. You can also try to paint the moldings a different color to give them some character. If your lease contract doesn’t allow you to repaint your walls, you can opt to go for wallpapers instead. Not the permanent ones that are hard to remove, but try getting removable wallpapers that are very renter-friendly. They’re easy to put up and easy to remove when it’s time for you to move out. Or a more extreme approach would be to repaint your walls and paint it back to its original color when you move out. If all of those still don’t work out and you’re left with no other choice but to stick with the current wall color, choose home accessories that will match or compliment your wall. Hang an artwork, some photos, a clock, or a collection you have, a few photos, and maybe a hanging rug with a cool print. This might change your perspective on that boring wall color.
The windows. Putting up blinds and curtains will make a huge difference. Most likely furnished apartments will already have these but put up new ones that are more fit with your personality.
The bed. Get yourself proper bed sheets, pillows and an inexpensive headboard if the supplied bed doesn’t come with one.
The ceiling. Change those unpleasant fluorescent lights with warmer lights that will leave you feeling good about yourself. A warm light can make anyone look glowing and attractive. Store the old fixtures and update them with new ones but don’t forget to put them back when you move out. Also consider getting a ceiling fan. There are a lot of designs that will instantly make your place look modern.
Accessorize. Buy a piece of furniture that you truly love but make sure there’s enough space for it. Putting a favorite piece of furniture in your house can easily brighten up the place. Get a bookshelf you like and put in all your favorite books or use it to display little bits and bobs you own. Brighten up dark corners with new lamps. Get some plants. Splashes of green here and there can make a place lively and livable. If you don’t have a green thumb, choose to get some hardy plants like succulents. They can survive days without watering. Just put them in a sunny spot and leave them alone. Watch them survive on their own. If you’ve got a small space, terrariums work all the same. They don’t take up a lot of space and they’re self-maintaining. Hanging plants also do well by themselves. Just a few spritz of water every now and then. But then you can get the same effect with fake plants if you really can’t manage to keep a plant alive. They work just as fine.
With furnished apartments, the key is always to ask permission from your landlord and don’t forget to bring the place back to its old looks once you decide to move out. Take pictures so you will remember how the place used to be.