Making Your Apartment Stand Out
So, you’re in college most likely living in a dorm or some small apartment with more than enough roommates to last you a lifetime. Your apartment looks exactly like every other apartment in your building, so you want to make your apartment stand out from the rest. Same standard mattress, same too-firm couch, same TV, same kitchen (or kitchenette).
But it doesn’t have to look, or even feel the same! You are out on your own now and need to spice things up a bit. Now is the time to discover who you are, and what a better way to start expressing yourself than with some awesome decor for your sweet new apartment!
Check out all of these ways that you can help your college apartment stand out from the rest. Just be sure to keep in mind any standards that your specific apartment complex might have while “finding yourself”.
What’s the first thing people see when they get to your apartment? That’s right, the front door! So add a little decoration outside if the weather allows for it. Put a wreath on the door or maybe a chic potted plant. Door mats are great! There are so many things you can do to dress up your front door. And since it’s the first thing anyone will see, it’s the perfect place to make a great first impression.
Are you or any of your roommates artists? You can’t get much more unique than your own personal art gallery. The living room walls are a great place to display outstanding works of art – so long as they fit with your roommates’ vision of your apartment as well.
Some other great wall decorations could be a string of starry lights, a cool clock, or an interesting tapestry or blanket.
You could even take roommate “family” pictures and frame them up on the wall. Plus, this would be a great roomie bonding experience!
Whether you have a furnished apartment or not, these suggestions will be applicable to you.
Start with the couch (likely the only furniture you’ll have if you have a furnished apartment). Add throw pillows and blankets for looks (and snuggling). Bring in pillows that compliment the color scheme in the apartment or the artwork on the walls. Bring in a cute ottoman or basket to keep in a corner with your blankets in it.
Bring in more furniture – if there’s room for it and if it’s allowed. Add a lounge chair or gaming chair. Bring in a shelf to display you and your roommates’ variety of books and movies.
Any one of these suggestions is already setting a statement for your apartment.
Maybe it’s time to go rug shopping? Do I hear another roommate bonding trip coming on?
Find a unique floor rug that accents your apartment nicely. Whether you have carpet or a hardwood floor, a rug is a great option for adding some variety and taste to your apartment.
We did already mention the starry lights, but there is so much you can do with lighting in your apartment to set it apart from the rest.
Try bringing in a cool floor lamp – or table lamp – that offers a nice ambiance in lieu of the harsh “energy efficient” fluorescent bulbs that your apartment manager installed over the summer.
Add curtains to your window. This will allow you to restrict or let in as much natural lighting as you want. So when you want it to be dark for a movie night late in the summer – it will be.
We’ve had a lot of help coming up with these suggestions from The Ivy Apartments at BYU-Idaho. As one of the best women’s and men’s BYU-I housing options, they really know their stuff.
There are so many ways that you can make your apartment stand out. All it takes is a little self-expression and maybe a shopping trip to take your apartment from drab to fab.