4 Ways to Give Your Apartment a Personality Makeover
What message is your apartment sending? Is it a reflection of you and your individual style? If not, you may want to consider adding some personal touches to make it feel more inviting and to appeal to potential homestay guests. One easy way to differentiate your apartment from others is by choosing a design theme based on your personality. For example, are you a minimalist who detests clutter or a free spirit who prefers a boho chic aesthetic? Here, we show you how to transform your apartment into a space that speaks to your true nature.
In today’s overstimulated society, minimalism is being embraced for helping people to feel less stressed and distracted and more at ease. While it’s not for everyone, it does offer real psychological benefits to those feeling overwhelmed. This popular design trend is all about paring down what you have to the true essentials. Although less is more, minimalism doesn’t have to be boring or uninspired. In fact, when done right, it should impart a sense of calm. To create the look, play around with various neutral colors or shades of white until you find the one you prefer and best fits the space. Then, pair it with light gray or another neutral tone. Invest in multipurpose pieces, such as nesting tables, and items that can double as storage. Remember that everything should have a function. Because you’re limiting what you bring into your space, make sure that what you do is well made and something you truly love.
The Urban Modernist
When you want your apartment to have that “grownup” look, the urban-modernist style immediately comes to mind. It is sleek, stylish, and totally put together. Think cosmopolitan and contemporary. While there may be an element of industrialism, you’ll want to layer in soft furnishings to offset the more urban vibe. To achieve this popular look, consider adding a statement piece to each room, such as a piece of art, unique furnishings that catch your eye, or a conversation-worthy lighting fixture. And incorporate metallic accent pieces, such as mirrors, vases, or picture frames, to add a sense of luxury.
The Eternal Bachelor
While the idea of a bachelor pad may conjure up images of a furniture showroom for those who couldn’t be bothered, creating a bachelor-style design is actually an opportunity to decorate a space without compromise. There are, of course, the usual must-haves: a mounted large-screen TV, a functional and fashion-forward wall unit, and a comfy couch. One of the easiest ways to incorporate a sophisticated bachelor vibe is to add a fully stocked bar cart. And don’t be afraid to mix in some vintage pieces to add some personality. Blues and grays, which are particularly on trend these days, help set the stage with a masculine sensibility.
For more whimsical tastes, the Bohemian look is a chance to break all the rules. This eclectic style knows no bounds, which is what makes it so appealing. Nothing says laid-back living better. To achieve this fresh and carefree look, keep furnishings low to the ground, add some plush pillows, experiment with different patterns and textures, and incorporate some thrift store gems. Unlike minimalism, Bohemian style is all about layering. Don’t hesitate to add some firefly lights over your bed, a pretty pouf, and a crocheted wall hanging.
Heather Mikesell has been covering the travel and wellness scene for decades. She is co-founder of Well Defined Media and former editor-in-chief of American Spa magazine. When she’s not enjoying Champagne facials and caviar creams, she’s likely to be found defying State Department warnings in search of adventure. Check out www.welldefined.com for her latest wellness scoop.