Having your own space is one of the great accomplishments we can have as an adult even if it is just renting an apartment. It may be not your own, but it is a start and the feeling is awesome.
You can also still have it as your home and make it good as your own. You will just have your personality and interests within your apartment. It is not just about yourself but also to your friends and family that will come over. It should feel welcoming and homey to them. Can you do that even if your space is small? It can be, and here are some tips:
You can hang around some of your favorite artworks or your personal pictures. There could also be items that are sentimental to you, you can have that on display. On the shelves could be another set of framed pictures or any other personal pieces like trophies or certificates or any other prizes and awards. You can also put some plants to add life and color. And because apartments usually do not have much enough sunlight, you can get plants that do not them and they usually require little watering like a potted cactus. Another thing to consider is giving your home a signature scent, and you can do this by a scented candle or incense or air freshener.
Because you are just renting, you might be thinking to just get ones that are plastic. It would be fine, but it is not as homey as having real furniture. It will definitely not cost much, because you do not have to buy something brand new. Instead, you can go to thrift shops and look for something that fits you and your lifestyle. There will certainly be stylish options such as leather or velvet couches. If you always have visitors over or simply loves taking naps, you can have a futon or a daybed. Pretty coffee tables will also certainly be available, and why not add some side tables to mix?
Lighting is almost always overlooked, but it is one of the elements that are important in making your apartment homier. It will do wonders if you have natural light and if so, let it in as much as you can. But it is not always the case for some apartment tough and if it is for you, you can always have the artificial ones. Just be sure you have enough.
One of the things that stress people is a clutter. It will be a lot easier to clean for it is small, but it is also the reason your space will easily look tight. In addition to that, having a clean apartment will be good for your health, so have a schedule that will focus on cleaning your apartment.
Small spaces mean less storage. And as said before, clutter is one of the causes of stress. If you have stuff that you do not really need, just throw it away or give it to somebody who needs it. Be creative with storing your stuff. If your apartment does not have enough space, buy furniture that doubles as one.