Moving into your own apartment after a separation or divorce can seem overwhelming with so many things to think about from finding an apartment in a good neighborhood to choosing new furniture. Rental apartments can be made into inviting homes with just a few simple steps though. So kick back, relax, and get ready to plan your new home sweet home.
Find Your Style
This is your chance to express who you are. Set up your new apartment to reflect your personal style. Not sure what that is? No worries! It might take you some time to figure out, but that’s part of the fun! Rental furniture can even allow you to experiment without the expense of buying, so you don’t have to feel locked into any one style.
Looking for some design inspiration? The Internet is an endless source of creative interior design ideas, so peruse freely. Sites like Pinterest allow you to view photos from around the web all in one place and are an excellent place to start your style search.
Keep It Light
Light impacts moods. You can actually lift your mood by keeping your apartment bright and cheery. Try to choose an apartment with good natural lighting. Generally apartments that are located on higher floors and which face south get the greatest exposure to natural light.
Indoor lighting is also important. Table lamps are a great way to add some panache and extra light to a room. Look into adding dimmer switches to existing overhead fixtures. This can help you set the mood – from soft and relaxing to bright and energizing. Some people even find light therapy boxes to be helpful. These simulate natural light and have been said to lift moods and help adjust irregular circadian rhythms.
Detail, Details, Details
Don’t forget the little details. What will really make your apartment feel like home? Put up pictures of family and friends on your mantle. Place scented candles around your living room, bedroom, or bathroom. Set a pair of fuzzy slippers right inside the entrance so you can get relaxed the moment you get home. Little things like this can quickly make a foreign space seem comfortable, familiar, and homey.