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By Dane Cross, who currently writes on behalf of One UK, providers of flats and apartments in Manchester.
So you’ve found your ideal city centre apartment, and you naturally want to decorate it and make it into a place of your own. However, moving home can be a costly venture – but don’t despair. Even if your decorating budget is relatively small, you needn’t put a lot of money into making a fresh new look using what you already have alongside some inexpensive additions.
Before you start, do an assessment of what you already own. You more than likely own several large items of furniture, i.e. sofas, wardrobes, tables and beds that are in good condition. You more than likely have some collectible items and pieces of art that you wish to retain. These items can form a good foundation for your new theme.
You will now want to pull these items together into a constant and cohesive look. Start by looking through some home décor magazines and websites. You are not considering costs at this point, but looking for a theme that resonates with you and your furniture, collectibles and wall hangings that will fit in comfortably. Bear in mind that furniture can be transformed quite easily by loosely covering it with furniture covers, blankets or drapes from a second hand shop or market.
Instead of trying to precisely recreate the look on the page, try taking a few elements or an underlying theme and create something that evokes the same kind of sensation as the example you’ve chosen. This also means it will cost significantly less also. Start by making a pleasing configuration inside your apartment by arranging your belongings and furniture. Don’t trouble yourself with any gaps or areas that don’t appear to ‘work’.
With the basic foundations in place, go through the rest of your belongings and see what can be fit into your new theme. Now is the time to get creative! Consider painting and accessorising your furniture and other items to make them fit. A plant in an unattractive pot for example could be transformed by tying a scarf around it that is in keeping with your theme.
Now that you’ve used every item that you own, assess the results. Does your apartment look like what you had in mind? Does the theme you have chosen work, or does it need accessories to really tie it all together? Is there enough furniture to fill the apartment, or will you need to use plants and inexpensive display racks to use up the space? Will moving furniture apart make a difference?
Finish your look by visiting second-hand and charity shops, on the lookout for accessories and other items to compliment your theme. Again, be creative with your purchases. Items of fabric have the potential to be used for a lot of things, with larger fabric being ideal for use as draperies, pillow covers and table covers. Throws, scarves, art and ceramic items can have a potentially huge impact and will add a final finishing touch that brings your apartment to life.
You may be an 18 year old who wants to begin his life on the right foot or you may be a young couple starting a new life. It does not matter what your status is and what your hopes and dreams are as long as you have the need to have a home of your own. In the beginning of a new life or right in the middle of it you have this need and this desire to have something you can call your little refuge.
So you do not have the money that you wish and you are not able to buy an apartment of your own, but a rented one can be a good solution in this case. Apartment for Rent sign can be found all over the place but the key to success is to find one in a good neighbourhood and with good living conditions. This means that you should not rent an apartment that you do not like.
In many cases living in a rented apartment can be more comfortable than living at your own place. You may have the money to rent a modern one, but not that much to buy a quality house. So enjoy this period of your life and treat the apartment with the respect of a home. If you are into long term commitments then this will be the house that you will live happy moments in.