There are homes and then there are apartments. I'm not talking a yard versus non-yard scenario here. I'm talking about that comforting feeling of home versus that place in which you sleep, eat and store your stuff. Making your apartment feel like the former can be done simply and inexpensively. Here are just a few tips.
- Apartments have notoriously bad overhead lighting; invest in some table or floor lamps to soften the light.
- To combat feelings of disconnect, add photos of familiar faces and places.
- Cozy goes a long way; add pillows and throws. Consider hanging small colorful rugs or quilts on the walls. Not only will they make the space feel cozy, they'll help with acoustic issues.
- Every room comes alive with a potted plant; find some that will thrive in your space.
- To help you feel more relaxed in your space, declutter.
- Infuse yourself into your apartment with accessories. Consider starting a collection; something small that you love, of course. It will add another layer of your personality to your apartment.
- Paint is a great way to bring life into a place, but if your landlord won't allow it, a big colorful area rug can do wonders.
- Explore aromatherapy to infuse your space with scents you like, not what your neighbors like. Here's some aromatherapy home recipes to get you started (the bathroom air spray sounds lovely.)