Modern apartments are great, often built in city centres or other fantastic locations, they are spacious and made with everything you need. However, the one thing they are often lacking is the personal touch, and the cosy, homely feel that you need from a home. Quite often these modern apartments all look the same, the wooden or tiled floors, the white walls, grey kitchen cabinets...you get the idea. For some people who don't want to bother with decorating or doing any DIY then this is perfect and for some, it is the reason they went with a modern flat in the first place to avoid having to do this to an older house. For others though, the location is, and they still want to put their stamp on their place, so here are a few tips on how you can make your home unique and homely:
Start With The Walls
Depending on how many rooms you have will depend on if you want the same colour throughout your flat. If you have the space, then treat every room as a separate room just as you would with a house. If it's smaller, then you might want to stick to neutral walls throughout and personalise in other ways. Also, try a feature wall, perhaps all the other walls could be one colour and then one with some exotic wallpaper. Decide on your colour schemes first and add some colour into that apartment to get started. Next, for the walls, they need pictures, either photos or artwork or posters - this really adds the personal touch as well as brightens up those walls and adds character to your home. Get a good variety of different items for the walls, various sizes, colours, different frames and be adventurous with how you place them on the walls.
Invest In Quality Curtains
Long, thick curtains add real luxury to a room and if you get decent quality ones, even custom-made in a beautiful fabric, this will really add to the personality of the place as well as adding comfort and warmth to the apartment.
Change The Doors
You'll be surprised how much of a difference this makes as you might not even notice doors. However, get some new ones, and your flat won't look like anyone else's anymore.
Get A Headboard
Just like the luxury curtains, an upholstered headboard can add another level of comfort and luxury to your home. It will make your bed look completely different and again will give it a unique look that no one else has.
DIY The Bathroom
Okay, you don't actually have to Do It Yourself, you can get the experts in if you aren't a professional builder or plumber, but getting your bathroom redone and personalised just for you is a winner. Bathrooms are a personal place, you might just need more storage space, or you might hate storage space, and your idea of the perfect bathroom is having little baskets on a shelf or having minimal products in it. Do it your way, get the colours right, the layout and make it your own.
Fluff Up Your Floors
Get some beautiful rugs down. Again the better the quality, the more luxurious they will be and will make your home more cosy. When you have hard floors then having something fluffy to walk over on your bare feet is ideal as well as that it just makes the apartment look better and homely, adding warmth and colour where you really need it. Plus, it's far cheaper than getting a carpet fitted, and there are some fabulous designs available too.
Buy Second Hand
Buying vintage, antiques or second-hand is a great way to get some unique furniture in your house so that you don't end up with the same apartment as everyone else filled with the same IKEA furniture that everyone else has. Try antique fairs and car boot sales as well as looking online for some interesting pieces of art, a beautiful chair or lamp.
Make sure you add some greenery to your home. If you're in an apartment, it's unlikely you'll have a garden so bringing in some plants is really good for your health as well as makes the place look a lot smarter, greener, homelier and more personal
In any way you can, the walls the curtains, the furniture - make sure you're bringing in colour to your home. The easiest and cheapest ways to do this is by getting colourful accessories such as cushions and throws which can also be swapped or changed as little or as often as you want if you get a little bored and want to change the colour scheme.
Spending time on your home is very important, it is your home, and it is your nest, so make it yours. You spend a lot of time at home, and you need it to be somewhere that you want to be, not somewhere you dread going to or look at the four walls hating them. Also, if you are getting work done in your home and the professionals are in, perhaps it looks like a building site, then be careful of injury as it can be a dangerous and you don't want to find yourself injured or in a lawsuit. According to Shrager & Sachs, as the owner, you are supposed to keep the premises safe for the people that will be on the property. However, this could be compromised, and different insurance issues may override it, so just make sure you're careful but also consult a lawyer if you need to.