Five Things That Instantly Make Any Apartment Feel Like You
No matter how charming, sleek or otherwise aligned with your personal style your new apartment may be, it just doesn’t feel like home until you add your own touches. Moving into a new space can feel a bit overwhelming, and for most of us, taking those extra steps to make it a home make all the difference.
Whether you’ve lived there for a few days or a few months, it’s never too early (or too late) to add some of your personal style to your apartment. Here are just a few of our favorite ways to make your space feel like you.
Stock those bookshelves. Filling your shelves with your favorite objects is not only a great way to surround yourself with things that make you happy, it’s also pretty damn therapeutic in itself. Gather your favorite books, knick knacks from past trips, loose photos or other mementos that remind you of things you love. Start by placing the larger objects, such as stacks of books placed throughout the shelves, then fill in the empty spaces with the smaller odds and ends. Don’t forget to take a step back now and then to admire your work as you go — and feel yourself becoming more at home in your space.
Add some art. Easier said than done, right? If you’re not one of those people with an impressive and long-curated personal art collection, hanging art on the walls can seem overwhelming and expensive. Instead, change your thinking about art to make the whole process more fun. You might create your own abstract pieces using a store-bought canvas and some charcoal for a cool, modernist look; hit up eBay for vintage concert posters featuring your favorite bands; or source woven fiber art or original paintings from a local Pittsburgh maker market.
Clear the air. Maybe your apartment doesn’t feel like you because you’re not the same person you were when you moved in. Marie Kondo is onto something in that sense: clearing the clutter and simplifying your space is a great way to allow the things you really love to shine. Take a day this weekend to go through all those unworn clothes, unread books and unused takeout menus in order to make room for new and exciting things to happen in your apartment.
Incorporate area rugs. We’re all guilty of putting off buying the larger, big ticket items when it comes to our homes, but adding rugs is one of the simplest ways to create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere even in the coldest loft apartment. Rugs made of natural fibers, such as jute or sisal, are great for adding understated texture, while antique rugs from thrift stores, our favorites at Weisshouse or websites like Etsy are great if you want more of a classic, modern feel.
Break it in with friends. Have you been putting off having friends over until your space is “finished”? Cut that out! There are lots of ways to host a get-together in the midst of a work in progress, and we might even say that adds to the fun. Text a few friends and invite them over for wine, snacks and a tour of your new space — you’ll likely feel much more at home once you start making memories in your apartment.