Few things in the world can beat the euphoria of moving into a new apartment. After all the packing and transporting, there’s a certain comfort that comes with you just being able to sit down and enjoy the fact that you’ve successfully relocated to Dallas.
Of course, it’ll only take you about 10 minutes before you start itching for home.
Don’t worry, though! It doesn’t require much effort to transform your new (albeit temporary) living space into a place you could truly call home. We’ve even prepared a handy guide, just for you!
Before anything else: Talk to your landlord first!
You certainly wouldn’t want to be making any changes to your Dallas apartment that would end up violating your contract and incur severe penalties. Before you even so much as plan to move a table or hang a picture, clarify what you can and can’t do.
Once you’re done with that, you can begin setting design goals for your apartment.
Some helpful tips before you begin
- Define your budget for decorating your apartment, so that you can plan what to buy and avoid overspending.
- Figure out if you would have the time to do all the renovations in the first place — you don’t want to accidentally end up with a stockroom of unused decorations instead of a comfy apartment!
- Identify which areas of your apartment you DON’T want to change. Which places in your living space are fine, just the way they are?
- Remember: When you leave, you’re going to have to take all of that stuff down! Don’t do anything complicated or change anything in a major way that you’d have to take down eventually.
Some suggestions for making your new apartment feel like home
- Get something to make the place smell good. A lot of people forget this simple but important element. Your eyes aren’t the only things that need to be appeased here – your living space won’t feel like home if it doesn’t smell like it! Considering how easy it is to pick up an air freshener, this should be one of the first things you’ll get done.
- Start with the most important part of your apartment (to you). It could be your living room area, or your kitchen area, or even your bed. Begin your redecorating with the place where you’ll be staying most often, so that you’ll feel the effects of your efforts quickly.
- Placement matters. Plan where your utensils and furniture will go, so that everything will feel like they’re right where they’re supposed to be, just like home.
- Get the right lighting. Set the mood with the right choice of lighting for your rental apartment. Choose something that’s cool to your eyes, but will still provide just the right illumination for your needs.
- Change the curtains and carpets to designs that are more familiar and appealing. Since these are probably the easiest things to replace in your apartment that would have the most visual impact, it’s a good idea to pick out carpets and curtains to match your preferences.
These are just a handful of suggestions regarding what you can do to feel at home in your rental apartment, while minimizing the possibility of damaging the place or making your eventual departure complicated and messy. Ultimately, go with whatever will make you happy and satisfied. Just as long as it falls within the boundaries of your contract, of course.
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