The place you live and create memories needs to be welcoming to you. It should please your senses and entice you to participate in activities surrounded by décor that comforts, inspires, and gives you a sense of well-being. Whether you are decorating your first apartment or you’ve become bored with your present décor and need a change, these ideas will help.
1) Picture This
Photographs can tell your story and are appropriate for every room in your apartment. Print out photos in black and white and frame them in a signature color to scatter around a bedroom. Print random shots and make a collage by gluing them onto a huge black canvas that becomes a focal point in the living room. Hang pictures from that special dinner party or Thanksgiving in your kitchen. Photographs of you poolside or at the beach are terrific accents in the bathroom.
2) Can I Quote You?
Use an inspirational quote in every room. Take hints from the things that quote conquers up in your imagination on how you should decorate. For instance, print out that famous quote from Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home”, and put it on your nightstand. Rather than ruby slippers, a couple of red sequin accent pillows will add a splash of color and make you smile because you know what they represent.
3) Go Bananas, Go Cherries, Go Grapes, Go Whatever
What’s your favorite fruit, animal, or place? Use just a touch of that ‘whatever’ in every room. One of the simplest decorative touches is to use the same theme throughout without going all out. Instead of decorating the whole room to look like Paris, an Eiffel Tower statue on the coffee table reminds you of that special place. One of the best examples of this is an apartment that had a monkey in every room. Monkey candlesticks on the dining table, monkey toothbrush holder in the bath, monkey lamp on the bedside table, Curious George book on the coffee table, you get the idea! A little touch in each room brings a sense of unity and fun overall.
4) Go Big
Get that oversized chair, king size bed, exquisite antique, or table for eight and let it rule your décor. A great investment piece will be with you for a lifetime and can set the stage in your first home or forever home when it comes to the mood you want to create. Let the magnitude of your signature piece do the decorating for you.
5) Let Me Collect
My… Those baseball caps, books, vacation spot t-shirts, crosses, dolls, or linens that you’ve collected for years inspire great home décor. They can become your theme when decorating one room or your entire apartment. Display them grouped together instead of letting them remain unseen taking up space in your closet.
A few things to keep top of mind as you go to decorate:
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