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There’s nothing more exciting than moving into your own apartment. Roommates can be great and all, but the joy of coming home to find the previous night’s pizza slices exactly where you left them is unmatched. Moving into your apartment also allows you to design your new space and make it feel more like home.

For most people, this is a fun and enjoyable process. For some, however, the prospect of coming up with the perfect decor for their home is a daunting one.

If this is how you feel, we’ve got you. In this guide, we provide you with a quick list of five tips that will help make your new LA apartment look cozy and livable.

Be Intentional with the Color Palette in Your Home

Repainting your apartment is one of the most effective ways of personalizing your new apartment. If your lease allows you to repaint your walls, you should probably consider doing so. You don’t have to paint the entire house; just painting one wall in each room will change up the look pretty quickly.

When repainting your apartment, you should be intentional with your choices. You don’t want to spend time and money on a paint job you will hate after a few weeks. But don’t worry, we have a tip that can help with that.

Take a good look at the clothes in your wardrobe. What colors are the most recurring? What colors feel comfortable and cozy to you? Use these colors to inspire the color palette you’ll go for when painting the apartment.

Take Advantage of the Lighting

A common feature of many furnished rentals in LA is large windows that provide a lot of natural lighting. Taking advantage of this light will make your home feel airy.

Go for it if you can get away with having your windows bare during the day. If you can’t, you could put up some translucent sheers that will still let in lots of light while blocking the view into your home.

Having lots of natural lighting in your home also makes it ideal for growing indoor plants. This is another (not so) simple way of making your apartment feel more welcoming. If you have a green thumb and this is something you’d like to try, your Instagram feed will thank you.

Place a Statement Piece in Every Room

This is the one rule most interior designers swear by. Every room in your home should have something going for it. An easy way of making sure this is the case is by putting a statement piece in every room.

Statement pieces can be functional items like a velvet couch, accessories like rugs, or vintage, handmade storage items. Once you have such a piece in the room, you can build around it. When you enter a room designed in this way, you can tell that it has a focal point – the statement piece.

Invest in Local Artwork

Nothing screams Basic Brenda more than an apartment with bare white walls. And while repainting is an easy way to deal with such a situation, it is always worth it to put up artwork in your home. Doing so always makes a house feel more homey.

When looking for artwork to put up in your home, we recommend buying from local artists around your area. For one, this is an excellent way of supporting talented individuals near you. You could also commission such artists to make specific paintings for you, giving your home an even more personal touch.

Keep it Comfortable and Functional

While on their first interior design mission, many people end up putting more stock in how a room looks than whether it is usable and livable. One of the tips from your apartment renting tips you should remember when designing your home’s interior is to keep comfort at the helm of all your decisions.

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You want that modular, industrial settee for your den, but do you think it would be comfortable to lie down and watch a movie? Abiding by this rule is the surest way of avoiding finding yourself with expensive furniture items you hate because you simply can’t use them!

It’s all About the Journey

(Or whatever influencers are saying these days.)

In coming up with this blog post, we put together tips from some of the best interior designers in the world. This was the least we could do if we were to create an apartment renting guide you and other readers would find helpful.

That said, it’s important to note that there’s no formula to designing your home’s interior. It all boils down to what makes you feel good and what feels the most like home. If that means painting all your walls and doors lemon yellow, then go ahead… Okay, maybe try not to take it that far. 

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