I’ve moved around a fair amount in the past few years, so I’ve learned a thing or two about what it takes to make an apartment feel more like your home, even if you’ve only been there for a few months. Currently, I live with my partner and a flatmate in London and in the few months we’ve lived here we’ve been making small additions so that the space can be cozier than it initially was. It’s hard to make a space feel like your own when you’re renting, especially if you don’t want to spend a lot of money in the process, but below are a few techniques I use to feel a bit more comfortable in new spaces.
Adding Some Green
I find that plants are the easiest and most affordable way to add a bit of colour and coziness to your home. I’m currently in the process of finding a few plants for every room, but so far we have two snake plants, a cheese leaf plant and one that I don’t exactly know the name of. All are meant to be stored indoors and require minimum watering, which makes having them less of a burden. Not only do they help to purify the air we breathe every day, but they make our minimally decorated flat feel just a bit more lived-in since we get to choose the types of plants that surround us. Ideally I would like to have a few hanging plants around the living room, but it’s all about pacing yourself and seeing how much responsibility you can handle when it comes to taking care of them.
I’ll joke with my boyfriend and say that I want our apartment to look like a catholic church because that’s how much I love candles. They elevate the ambiance, especially in the colder months, and make a space feel warmer than it does with just the apartment lights on. These are another affordable alternative to expensive decor and much easier to replace when you run out. I usually buy my candles from the dollar store, seeing as they run out so quickly with how often we burn them. Whenever I feel a little glum or am settling in to read for the night I’m always sure to light a few candles to create a cozy environment. I also absolutely love decorating a space with fairy lights, particularly around large windows. I find that they add a bit more warmth to a room without it being a huge investment or installation process.
Decor That Reflects Your Style
Of course, buying new furniture is unavoidable and always fun. So, my tips when it comes to staying within budget but also creating a space you want to live in is to choose pieces that reflect your style as much as possible. This way the investment in a new couch will be worth it if it aligns with your aesthetic. You can choose to spend a little less on some basic pieces, but for any big purchases you should be sure to not compromise too much and get what makes you feel good to wake up to every morning. Don’t fall for trends, because those come to an end and you’ll be left with pieces that don’t bring you as much joy as you thought they would.