When it comes time to refresh an apartment, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There are so many things to consider, from the walls to the lighting and everything in between. But with a few simple tips from the pros, you can easily get crafty and give your apartment a fresh new look without breaking the bank. Read on for six of our favorite tips.
How To Tell That It’s Time for an Apartment Refresh
The first step in giving your apartment a refresh is determining whether or not it’s actually time for one. If your place feels outdated, cramped, in need of some serious Feng Shui, then it’s probably time for a change. Maybe you’ve been living in the same place for years and are ready for something new. Or maybe you just moved in and want to put your own personal touch on the space. Either way, if you feel like it’s time for a change, go for it!
1. Start With the Walls
One of the easiest and most impactful ways to refresh your apartment is by painting the walls. This is a great way to instantly change the look and feel of your space. If you’re not ready for a full-on color change, consider painting just an accent wall to add a pop of color and personality to your space without being too over the top.
If you rent and aren’t sure whether you’re allowed to paint, it’s a good idea to get in touch with the landlord or management company before heading off to the paint store. Once you have approval from the owner, the sky’s the limit.
2. Address the Lighting
Changing the lighting is a quick and easy way to refresh your apartment and improve wellness. This can be as simple as replacing old, outdated light fixtures with new ones. Or, if you want to get a little more creative, consider adding some string lights or lanterns, which will give your space a warm and inviting feel.
3. Introduce New Life With Plants
One of the best ways to refresh your apartment is by adding some plants. This change will not only invigorate your space, but it can also help purify the air. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, consider opting for low-maintenance plants like succulents or cacti.
If you’re feeling adventurous, pick up some seed bombs or a Good Luck Clover Tiny Terracotta Grow Kit to start you on your way.
4. Upgrade Your Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your apartment. It’s where you spend much of your time every day, so it’s definitely worth giving it a refresh. You may not want to turn your kitchen into a Julia Child special, but giving this space some needed love would be a great idea. Depending on your budget, there are a few different ways to upgrade your kitchen.
Replace Old Kitchen Utensils
One of the easiest ways to upgrade your kitchen is by replacing old, worn-out kitchen utensils. This process doesn’t have to be expensive — you can find plenty of good quality, budget-friendly options. Look for things like new spatulas, wooden spoons, and can openers.
Install a New Backsplash
If you want to make a bigger impact, consider installing a new backsplash. It’s a relatively easy and inexpensive project that can transform the look of your kitchen. Plus, it’s a great way to add personality to the space. You can find peel-and-stick backsplashes at most home improvement stores.
Paint the Cabinets
Feeling really ambitious? Painting your cabinets might be the way to go. It’s a more involved project but one that will really pay off in the end. Just make sure to use good paint and primer, and take your time with the project.
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Consider New Appliances
To really give your kitchen a makeover, replace some of the appliances. This can be costly, but it’s worth it if your current appliances are outdated or no longer working properly. Sometimes you can find good deals on lightly used appliances.
Upgrade Your Kitchen Towels and Oven Mitts
One of the quickest and easiest ways to upgrade your kitchen is by swapping out your old, worn-out towels and oven mitts. This is a great way to add pops of color to the space. Plus, it’s a cheap and easy project that anyone can do. Go the extra mile and add a little whimsy with some funny dish towels like this Hot Sauces Gone Wild towel.
5. Replace Old Furniture
If your furniture is looking a little worse for wear, it might be time to replace it. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy all new furniture. Sometimes simply reupholstering your existing pieces can make a big difference.
6. Treat Yourself to New Towels and Bedding
Treating yourself to new towels and bedding may be just what you need right now. It’s likely overdue because towels and bedding are some of the last things we think of when refreshing our homes. Plus, it’s typically affordable and easy.
Whether you’re looking to give your entire apartment a refresh or just want to update a few things, these tips should help you take the first step. Remember to take your time and have fun with it. After all, your home should be a reflection of your personality. And if you have a friend who’s about to start a home refresh project, consider sending a curated gift box to mark the occasion!