3 Ways to Spice Up Your Apartment
Looking for some ways to spice up your apartment? New York City is one of the most desirable places to live in the world—and for many a good reason—but it’s no secret that the living quarters here are often smaller than those of other cities. Many big-city residents find themselves frustrated with design limitations. Certain organizations, like Modernize, know how to make the most out of your living space and your budget.
Here are Maid Sailors’ favorite tips to maximize the efficiency of your cozy space and add some zeal to your decor for an easy home makeover.
Do It Yourself
Tired of that stained sofa or an outdated floral-print chair? Spice it up by changing it yourself. Unless you’re going for vintage chic, leave the past in the past and refresh your upholstery with exciting, modern fabrics.
Simply recovering a chair or sofa with a crisp, neutral color or a vibrant hue can add light and joy to your living room. Similarly, selecting bright and bold new bedding will spruce up your bedroom with little effort. To ensure a cohesive look, first select the main color. Then choose a few accent colors and weave them into your home in a fun and creative ways.
For example, if you love teal, you can opt for teal fabric for the sofa and accent with fuscia and cream-colored pillows and throws. Small accessories like planters, picture frames, and book spines can also carry your accent color through space. Textiles are an easy way to update your home, so have fun with curtains, table runners, and towels, too!
Use Your Space Wisely
A good way to spice up your apartment is to utilize the space you have. If you’re limited to storage space, double up on functionality by incorporating storage into unexpected spaces. One of our favorite solutions is to frame doorways with a shelving system. You can store books, small items, and decor in this space, which would otherwise go unused.
Raise your bed a bit and slide storage bins beneath the frame for an easy storage solution. You can keep off-season clothes and shoes here, or even craft supplies, toys, books, and accessories. If you want to go for something more permanent, you can find bed frames with built-in storage units. Some even have steps that lead up to the mattress!
Windows can create a storage problem, too, since you don’t want to block the influx of natural light with a shelf or another piece of furniture. Walls with windows are the perfect opportunity to use half-size bookshelves and cabinets to create extra storage space.
Try New Things
If you’re not digging your current decor, you don’t have to spend a ton of money giving your home a makeover. The cost of living is high enough, so save some cash by heading out to flea markets, artisan fairs, thrift stores, and donation centers. You may find an old lamp base that you can paint and refresh. Picture frames are easy to upcycle, too. Just because it isn’t new doesn’t mean it won’t be new to you! Upcycling is great for the environment, too.
New York is a beautiful place to live, so don’t let tight living spaces bring down your sense of style. Small changes can go along way to refresh your home, so have fun and get creative! Spice up your apartment today!