Whether you’re moving for a new job or you’re among the tribe of modern nomads who thrive on frequent changes of scenery, settling in after moving to a new city can be a real challenge. Stay true to your sense of style, but make things easy on yourself with these tips for how to decorate an apartment. Hint: The key is to travel light.
Set your new space up for maximum comfort and convenience with sleek technology that looks great and performs even better. Stylish new switch plates are an easy upgrade — bonus points for adding a few USB in-wall ports to your space for easy charging. Other ideas include framed digital art that keeps your space looking sleek and fresh, stylish speakers that blend with your style and provide stellar sound, and portable fireplaces to cozy up in your new home.
Choosing furnishings that pull double duty allows you to pack light and maximize the space available in your new apartment without sacrificing the form and function you need and love. For example, you might choose a bench with a hidden storage compartment for your entryway, ottomans you can use as coffee tables or extra seating, tables you can use for eating and workspace, and bookshelves that divide the room while adding extra storage.
Leave It All (Or Most of It) Behind
When you’re moving to a new city, you want to go through your belongings and ditch anything you don’t use, or that doesn’t bring you joy. Even better, leave as much of the heavy, clunky stuff behind as possible — especially if you’re moving out of state. Did you know that sofas weigh 350 pounds or more, on average?
Borrow a tip from successful startups and stay agile. That means traveling light and possibly renting your furniture in your new city instead of buying. Working with furniture rental companies like CORT allows for maximum flexibility, because they deliver and set everything up for you and then pick it up when you’re ready to move on.
Decorate Like a Boss
When you walk through the door of your new apartment, you want that feeling of coming home. How you choose to decorate will have a huge impact on that. You might be renting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put your own stamp on things. Hang artwork that’s special to you, get out in your new city and take cool photos to frame, use temporary wallpaper to jazz up bland walls, and choose lightweight rugs to add texture. Bonus: Rugs are easy to roll up and take with you when you’re on to your next adventure.