Apartment Decorating Hacks

It is a great feeling and fulfillment to finally have your own space. It will not matter if it is rental or not. With it, you will pay your own bills and tend to decide what your home will be like. You will be the one to choose the furniture and decor, and how your home will be.

The problem with apartments is limitations. Renovations are mostly out of the question. If you want to change something, it is certainly not permanent. How can you call it your home with limitations like that? Well, you will just have to be creative. You can still have something personalized in your apartment. 

Furniture

People will easily your style and taste through your furniture. With different varieties in different colors and textures, you can choose something you want and fits you. Not only that, but it also has a different price range. If you have the budget, you can look at high-end shops. But you can still have some furniture like an affordable futon and ottoman that will be great for your visitors. If you are looking for something cheaper, there are thrift shops around that offer furniture that are still in good condition with affordable price. If anything, you can spice it up by yourself if you are a person who does crafting.

Lighting

You can definitely upgrade your lighting by installing a new lighting fixture. If it is not allowed, you can have a lampshade that fits with the fixture. You can also add some more lighting within your rooms. It could be floor lamps or table lamps. Some even opt to add fairy lights. This way, you will not only add some style, but it will also improve the ambiance.

Curtains

Another way to add color to your room is through curtains. It will also add coziness and interest. If your apartment already has blinds installed, you can always hide them with curtains.

Rugs

Another thing that adds color and coziness is the rug. You can choose something either with bold patterns to make a statement or just something simple. Either way, as long as it complements your other furniture, it will be a great addition for both as decor and as a functional item. Also, in addition, if you have a small space, it is a great way to make your space look bigger.

Walls

If you have the privilege to repaint your walls, grab it. Not only you will be able to have the color of your choice, but you will also be able to make your home look like it is new. If not, you can have it with removable wallpaper if it is allowed. Another way to add interest to your walls is to hang some framed artworks and pictures. You can also give them interest by adding some garlands. That way, you will be focusing on it instead of the walls.

Plants

Plants are a great way to add life and color to your room. If your apartment does not have enough sunlight, there are plants available that do not require it and even need little watering.

Tool Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Being your own handyman is great for your pocket. Every time something needs to be fixed, you will not need to call someone, and it saves you a lot of time and money. Add to that, there is something therapeutic in making or fixing things on your own. But in addition to that, you will have to get and invest in your own tools. They are not cheap at times especially if you are looking for something of high quality and will be with you for years. You can always start with something simple and go on from there. It will be worth it in the end.

Having tools means they need to be organized and stored. It will be a lot trickier if you have a small space, but not impossible. You will just have to be wise and creative when it comes to this. Here are some ideas for that:

1. Portable Workbench

A workbench is a place where all the work is done. It functions as a desk in offices or for your work. As it is portable, you can keep it somewhere to save space. You can also have storage under the work surface where you can keep some of your smaller tools like hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, etc. Even some of the smaller power tools like drills or even a portable air compressor.

2. Racks

You can set up racks anywhere you want to be space-saving. It could be on a wall or behind a door. You can have it permanently in one place by attaching or you can have something with wheels, so you can bring it in whatever space you want.

3. Pegboard

A pegboard is where you usually hang your smaller tools. It is handy because it is organized and within reach. It is also easy to find the things you will need. You can also have it customized and have it in another structure like having it as cabinet storage or using the door of a cabinet as a pegboard.

4. Wall Cabinet

One of the best storage solutions is having your cabinet at the wall. This makes the ground more spacious. With a wall cabinet, you can also accommodate your bigger tools. You can even have a toolbox in there that will be handy if you need something prepared for on the go.

5. Pullout Storage Case and Shelves

By adding pullouts on your walls, you will be having your walls for good use and the room will be more spacious and maximized for your workbench or any other activity for crafting. It will also be easier access for you.

6. Recycled Materials

Do you have jars lying around your house? Instead of throwing them away, you can use them to store nails or screws or any other smaller equipment. You can keep them in your cabinets or workbench. You can even attach them by screwing the lids. This way, you can save money and recycle. It is also a good way to save space.

How To Decorate a Small House

Decorating your home could be one of the crucial moments in having your own. It is therapeutic and fulfilling, but it is not easy. You will have to decide what your style will be and then shopping for your needs while thinking about the budget you have. Then after all of that, you will have to incorporate them together.

It will also depend on the space you have. A smaller house may sound and less intimidating than that of the larger ones, but it is not that easy. How will you arrange and decorate it without getting or looking cramped? How will you incorporate decors and furniture in such a small space? Do you need to make your space look bigger? These are just some of the questions that will be answered by the following tips:

Light

If your house has a lot of access to natural light, have them in your home as much as possible. Light not only makes your space look bigger, but it also makes your space look more open and airy. If there is none, you can make it up by adding lighting fixtures and lamps around your house that will also add decor. This will also work during night time. 

Color

When it comes to color, you can just keep it simple. If you want to make your space look larger, choose light colors. This also includes the color of your furniture. They should always complement the wall colors, so your room will look cozy and not blinding.

Furniture

Furniture will certainly add coziness to your room but if done wrong, it will look awkward and unpleasant. For a small space, you will have to choose the right size. For example, in your living room, if you have one big sofa, it will be enough because adding more may cause your room to look cramped. You can also have smaller seats around. This idea will also be relevant to your other rooms.

Rug

Rugs add color to your room. In a small space, a big rug is a must. Smaller rugs tend to make your room smaller, so have one that will be large enough with your furniture. 

Multi-Purpose Items

Having a small space means needing to have less stuff or else your house will be cramped or they might not even fit. The solution to this is to purchase items that have multipurpose. An example is an ottoman. You can use it as a seat, footstool, or a table. Some of them can serve as storage too. You can also have the most comfortable futon for your guests. It is a seat that can be turned into a bed, so you will not need airbeds or extra mattresses that will fill up your space. 

Mirror

Mirrors are one of those decors that are classy yet modern. But it is not only for making your room look good, but it can also be functional and not just for personal use. Mirrors can help your space look bigger. It also helps with the light, whether it be natural or artificial, by reflecting them all around the room.