(Closed) Making an apartment your own?

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Just do it.  Paint and put up pictures and curtains.  We used Old Time Pottery (not Pottery Barn!) and Ikea to decorate on a budget but we also had collected pieces over the years from when our parents moved and got rid of stuff.  Don’t forget to put out pictures of you two and your families.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I asked the landlord if I could paint the stark-white walls a different color. It felt so cold and uncomfortable with white walls, and it was amazing how much just a paint color made a difference. I offered to pay for the paint and do it myself, and I kept it to a neutral tan color to please my landlord. If your landlord won’t let you paint, cover the walls with pictures and shelves! Also, Curtains and window treatments make a HUGE difference in making a room feel comfortable. I remember when I moved in with my SO, he had already been living there for about a year and there was NOTHING on the walls, it was white, and no curtains. Just changing these things made a HUGE difference. Now I feel like I live in my own little home!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

P.S. Curtains (and wall anchors) are dirt cheap at Ikea compared to other stores.  They also sell huge prints that are great at covering large white walls.  We bought a huge print of Paris from Ikea for $50 and put it up in our bedroom and now I love laying in bed because it feels like I am looking out of a window over Paris.  Are we going to have to patch some walls when we move?  Yes, but even though we have only lived in our apartment for going on three weeks now, it already feels like home.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

if you can’t paint – add colour with textiles. rugs, bath towels/mat/shower curtain, even tea towels/placemats etc. are all great and inexpensive ways to add colour, and it can all be taken with you when you go.

we moved into a new flat this year and have made a concious effort to decorate, have parties, and keep fresh flowers in the house. all those things make it feel more like home to us!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@LilliePad:  Like this Bee said, ask if you can paint the walls.  Even a warm tan makes a place so much more inviting.

Also… I had a friend in college that painted every apartment he lived in.  He lost every deposit he put down, but… he didn’t care and he really liked painting them.  So… also an option.

Last apartment I was in after I sold my house I got a bunch of 1×2 pieces of wood, cut them into frames and attached fabric to them and just hung them on the walls with a couple of nails.  They were huge punches of color when I wanted to cover a lot of boring walls, especially since I didn’t want to buy a lot of art work since that was a temporary situation.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

If you can’t paint or hang things on the walls (like me) then I suggest the vinyl decals (target, etsy, everywhere has them now!). They come in a variety of colors/themes/shapes/sizes so you could actually do an entire wall and make it your own and just peel down and take with you when you leave!

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you’re already planning on leaving this summer, I honestly wouldn’t spend too much money or put in a ton of effort. Hang your art, maybe get some super cheap curtains. But honestly, you’re going to have to get SO much stuff for your house that it isn’t worth it to spend the money now. Most stuff you put up in your apartment (except the art) likely won’t work well in your new house. If you were going to be renting for years to come, it would be more worth it. But you aren’t, so it isn’t in my opinion!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@crayfish:  I totally agree with this. My suggestion to pain the walls was based on the assumption that OP was talking about whatever place she moves into next. But yes, OP, if you are moving out in July, I wouldn’t bother with the paint on your current place, especially if you have to pay for it yourself or if you’ll lose your deposit. Do something more temporary until then, then you can paint your next place!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Commenting because we are in the same situation. Getting a house in one year simply isn’t feasible for us. Sadly that means we’ll have to hold off on our next dog too.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Luckily our apartment is pretty beautiful as it is – no white walls here, but we are stuck with the colors that the walls are painted. We’re not supposed to hang things on the walls, but I don’t care. Our lease isn’t up until July of 2014 and there’s no way I could handle not making it feel like a home. So we probably won’t get back our entire security deposit – pictures and artwork on the walls are worth it. We also put up several of those vinyl decals on our walls. And then with some rugs thrown here and there and some pretty curtains, it really does feel more like our home. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Over the years, I’ve learned to just bite the bullet and spend a bit of cash to decorate right when we move in (and clean like crazy and fix stiff).  It’s amazing how much difference changing a light fixture (overstock has really cheap ones), buying a piece of furniture to fit a little nook, hanging curtains, and planting some flowers in the yard can do.  It never costs that much.  I like to think of it as paying a bit extra rent up front to have a nicer place to live.  ($600 works out to an extra $50/month if you are only there for a year — you can do a lot with $600 if you are thrifty.)

There were many times I didn’t do much when I moved in, thinking I would only be there for a year or so (we often stayed put much longer than we expected).  Then I just lived in a boring, depressing place.  Yuck. 

And I’ve learned not to worry about whether I’ll get my deposit back or not.  It’s hard not to get screwed on that no matter how spotless and pristine your place is when you leave.

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