Have you ever heard the phrase "your home is your castle"? Yet, when living in an apartment, it can often seem like you can't make the space your own because you are just a renter. However, there are plenty of ways to make any space feel like home. Follow these seven tips to have your Charlotte, NC apartment feeling like the home you've always dreamed of having. We want to help you call Phillips Mallard Creek Apartments "home".
Unpack Every Box
It seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of people will keep a few boxes of stuff shoved in a closet or under the bed because they don't want to bother unpacking things that aren't necessary to everyday living. However, knowing that you have unpacked boxes stashed away, will keep your apartment feeling temporary instead of like a true home. If you have no idea what to do with the things still packed up, maybe you should consider trashing or donating them.
Make Yourself a Garden
Obviously, when living in a Charlotte, NC apartment, you won't have an abundance of outdoor space at your fingertips, but that doesn't mean you can't set up your own little herb garden in a window or on your balcony. They can add a little greenery to your space, supply fresh herbs for your cooking experiments, and can be planted in adorable planters or even teacups. Your indoor garden will add a perfect touch of home.
Add Accent Pillows
In most apartments, you aren't allowed to paint the walls. Wall are typically painted a with a fresh bright white. To add a little pop of color to your rooms, invest in some cute accent pillows. You can find them in just about every color, texture, or style you can possibly dream about owning, and they can be found in tons of stores. While pillows can be quite expensive in your regular home-decor stores, you can find cheap or discounted pillows at places like IKEA, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and even the dollar store!
Invest in an Area Rug
A rug really ties a room together. Plus, it also adds that layered and homey look to any type of decor. Area rugs come in various sizes, so finding one to perfectly coordinate with your living space shouldn't be too much of an issue. Like accent pillows, they can also be quite expensive, depending on size, quality, and brand. However, it is a purchase that will go a long way towards making your apartment space truly feel like a home.
Our apartments in Charlotte, NC will come with pre-installed blinds on all of the windows. Blinds are great for maintaining privacy and keeping the sun out of your bedroom during early morning hours, but they don't do much in the way of making the apartment feel like your true home. The best way to combat that generic window, yet function, treatment is to hang some curtains. There is no need to worry about creating huge holes in the drywall because there are plenty of no-drill curtain rods on the market.
Hang Pictures and Art
Boring blank walls can definitely keep an apartment from feeling like it is your personal space. However, after hanging a few art prints, personal photos, or macrame; wall art, you will begin to feel like you are truly nesting in your new space. Don't worry about putting too many holes in the wall and affecting your deposit either. There are plenty of methods for hanging pictures in apartments that spare the walls like using picture hanging strips and monkey hooks.
Change the Lighting
Make the lighting much cozier in your space by changing out the bulbs in the existing overhead light fixtures to a warmer hue. Another way to make the lighting feel like a better fit for your preferences is foregoing the overheads all together and using lamp. You could even string some fairy lights, which can make for an especially romantic bedroom. Lighting that is too harsh will make your apartment feel like living in a department store. Updating the lights is often something overlooked by people moving into a new home.
Put Up a Fabric Wall
Since painting and hanging wallpaper is usually a no-no while renting a property, you need a viable alternative to change up your walls and stay in good standing with your rental manger. Enter the fabric wall. This is an old military housing trick that is basically like adding a temporary wallpaper that can easily be peeled off the wall before you move out. All you need is large pieces of your chosen fabric and a whole bunch of liquid starch. There are ton of tutorial videos to be found on the web, both on how to put the fabric up and to take the fabric down.
There are many ways you can make your new Charlotte, NC apartment feel like home, but these few simple tips will definitely get you started. Don't forget about all of the places in town where you can shop (like IKEA) to find all of the special touches that will take your space from generic to home sweet home.
Here at Phillips Mallard Creek Apartments, we endeavor to help our resident to feel at home. If you have any questions about paint or putting holes in the wall, please feel free to stop by the leasing office and ask. We are here to help!
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