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New Apartment? Here’s How to Make It Feel Like Home


The hardest part of moving can be imbuing your new place with all the comfort and familiarity of home. The good news is there are plenty of ways to expedite the process. Here are a few tips and tricks to make your new apartment feel like your haven.

Start with a Deep Clean

Your apartment will most likely undergo cleaning between the prior tenant leaving and your moving in. However, you might feel more comfortable if you tackle some deep cleaning tasks on your own, such as:

● Attacking cobwebs in high corners

● Dusting walls and vents

● Scrubbing grout

● Steaming carpets

● Cleaning appliances

Of course, you could clean any surface you like; these are just some of the areas most often overlooked.

No Paint? No Problem!

Even if you luck into a rare tenancy that allows you to paint the interior, you still have to deal with the hassle of doing the painting. You’ll also have to return it to a neutral palette when you move out or forfeit a portion of your deposit.

Alternatively, you can get creative with decor by adding an accent wall in peel-and-stick wallpaper or putting up some decals with fun designs or famous quotes. What’s great about this option is it won’t harm the paint underneath, which means you can easily remove it if you want a change or when it’s time to move out. Check out sites like Blik and Tempaper for various styles, colors, patterns, and features.

Decorate in Layers

Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or simply moving on to the next, there are specific foundational furnishings you’ll probably focus on first, including the following:

● Couch and chairs

● Dining setup

● Bedroom set


However, these essential pieces are just the beginning. To make your space feel cozy and inviting, you’ll want to add layers that display your style and personality, including rugs, cushions, throws, art, and other accessories. Check out local thrift stores and garage sales if you want to save money on decor. You might find items in like-new condition for much less than retail pricing, or you can upcycle to make old pieces look brand-new (and better match your style).

Let There Be Light

A dim, cave-like design could comfort some people, but others may find it off-putting. Don’t skimp on lighting throughout if you want to create an inviting space. Start with window dressings that balance illumination and privacy, like top-down/bottom-up shades or sheer curtains.

Think about adding strategically-placed mirrors to bounce light, increase visual depth, and make your space feel big and bright. And don’t forget to include a variety of floor and table lamps.

Another great option is string lights, which can provide unique under-cabinet, under-counter, or backlighting. Many also come with apps for remote control via smartphone.

Go, Green,

While it’s undoubtedly a good idea to adopt eco-friendly practices when you’re out alone, we’re talking about adding greenery to your space. Plant life helps clean the air and adds organic beauty and vibrant color to your interior design, creating the peaceful ambiance you crave.

The best part is you don’t even have to choose live plants. While synthetic varieties obviously won’t add feel-good oxygen to the air, they will offer the low-maintenance appeal many busy students and working adults seek.

If you have a green thumb and plant care relaxes you, by all means, deck out your space with snake plants and fiddle-leaf figs galore. But if plants wilt in your presence, opt for longer-lasting faux greenery. Sites like Overstock offer discounts on this lively type of décor.

Fill Your Space with Friends

It doesn’t matter whether you’re throwing a mixer to meet your new neighbors or host weekly potlucks with college buddies. Filling a space with wonderful people is a great way to make any space feel welcoming.


You may enjoy plenty of time on your own, soaking up the cozy vibes of your personalized space. But making memories with the ones you love is the best way to create a feeling of home.

Making the Space Your Own

Putting your personal stamp on a space can be difficult with the restrictions of apartment life. But when you start with a fresh slate, find clever decorating solutions that suit your budget, and create a feeling of familiarity and joy with the people you love, your new apartment will feel like home before you know it.