Per­sonal touches make your apart­ment feel like home

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - LIVING G SPACE - By Kathryn We­ber

Tribune Con­tent Agency Apart­ment

liv­ing can some­times feel ster­ile. Whether you’re mov­ing into your first apart­ment or you move fre­quently for busi­ness, your apart­ment doesn’t have to ex­ude a bland rental style. Us­ing some in­ge­nu­ity can turn a cookie cut­ter apart­ment awash in neu­tral white to a oneof-a-kind pied-a-terre. what per­plexes many renters is how to dec­o­rate a rented space to make it uniquely yours.

A good start if your apart­ment is a sin­gle room, loft or stu­dio, is to cre­ate des­ig­nated ar­eas for sleep­ing, eat­ing and re­lax­ing. By di­vid­ing up your sleep­ing and liv­ing spa­ces, your apart­ment can re­flect your per­sonal bed­room and liv­ing styles. You’ll also be able to add pri­vacy and con­tain messes to a sin­gle area. The quick­est way to do that? Room di­viders.

Room di­viders can be as sim­ple or as com­plex as you like. For a more ca­sual look, make a di­vider out of floor to ceil­ing cur­tains or in­ex­pen­sive paint­ing throw cloths to cre­ate some divi­sion in the room. A more for­mal look can be achieved with room di­viders. Larger di­viders can be cre­ated by buy­ing mul­ti­ple di­viders and hing­ing them to­gether.

Giv­ing your place a stylish makeover helps you feel more at home in your apart­ment. One easy way is to hang cur­tains on the win­dows to soften those ubiq­ui­tous mini-blinds. An­other sim­ple change, if you’re a lit­tle handy, is to re­place light­ing fix­tures. Switch out in­sti­tu­tional flush mounts on the ceil­ing in the bed­room with your own chan­de­lier, or trade out your din­ing room ta­ble light­ing with some­thing more stylish.

If you’re dec­o­rat­ing for a first apart­ment, one of the things you’ll need is af­ford­able fur­ni­ture. When buy­ing dressers and side ta­bles, don’t over­look the ones that have dam­aged tops. Of- ten you can get th­ese for a song. In­stead of pass­ing them over, con­sider how they might look if they were spray-painted and then had new tops put on them. A clever way to cover up those dam­aged tops is with mir­ror. Bet­ter still, the mir­ror is easy to clean and repels wa­ter stains. If your apart­ment is dark, a mir­ror comes to the res­cue again. Adding a lean­ing mir­ror to your apart­ment won’t dam­age walls and it will re­flect light, mak­ing your apart­ment brighter.

Give your apart­ment your own touch. Adding ar­eas rugs over neu­tral car­pets, hard­wood floors or tiled floors will warm up your space. Think wall­pa­per is out of the ques­tion? To­day there are peel and stick wall­pa­pers that can give your kitchen back­splash or bland bath a quick jolt of color and style (Chas­ If size is a prob­lem, you can in­stantly make your apart­ment look larger by us­ing clear glass or acrylic fur­ni­ture. It’s in­ex­pen­sive, stylish, and can keep your apart­ment feel­ing light, airy and look roomier too. Look for clear acrylic fur­ni­ture on web­sites such as Way­ and

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her web­site, RedLo­tusLet­

© 2016 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tribune Con­tent Agency, LLC.

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