How To Make A Jozi Flat Feel Like A Family Home
Apartment living, especially in the city, can feel temporary and like you are not at home.
Apartment living, especially in the city, can feel temporary and like you are not at home. Because of house rules, many tenants are uninspired to decorate their flats to feel like home. However, there are ways you can give your flat some sprucing up without violating the rules or vandalising property. In this article, we will share those tips, tricks, and hacks so that you can add some of your personal touches to your temporary space.
A surefire way to make any living room more lively is to add plants and flowers. In addition to being pretty living things, many of them also help in purifying the air and removing toxins. While adding plants to living spaces is common, don't limit yourself to specific sizes and styles. Look at your set-up and see if there is a possibility to add hanging plants or bigger ones.
Throw Something On
Textiles must be the simplest, quickest method to personalise a place after plants. Find a quirky upholstered stool, scatter some cushions and a thick throw across a chair, and use colourful towels in an all-white bathroom. The possibilities are unlimited when it comes to textiles, and you can decorate from the kitchen to the bedroom with ease using textiles.
Put Up Some Art
If you have some photos, artwork, or even accolades you were hanging up at home, consider using double-sided tape to hang them in your flat. You won't have holes to worry about, and your deposit will be safe when you leave. If your artwork is too big or heavy, consider propping them on walls, placing them on an end table or nightstand, or even propping an oversized work on the floor in your living room.
You Can Control Lighting
We know the most stylish thing about a flat is its lighting. Even the most beautifully decorated flat can look dull under lousy lighting. However, we know you aren't always in control of which flat you get, and you may suffer from dull lighting too. Consider adding floor lights, moon and sunset lights, as well as fairy lights in your flat. You can enhance your space and give it character, plus gain access to changing moods and "seasons".
Candles are also a lovely scented way to add some lighting to your space, so consider adding some to your room. What's beautiful about candles is you can get ones for different moods and feelings, flavours, herb infusions, etc. There are even candles said to help with sleeping peacefully, so why not go all the way?
It's the little things in your space that can take a room from drab to fab with ease. Take books, for example; they aren't just food for the mind and soul but are a lovely addition to a space. So depending on your space, add a bookshelf or stack a few books and magazines in your room and flourish.
Rugs are also a lovely aesthetic to add to your space, and lucky for you, Johannesburg has some shopping centres with many options to suit your style. Places like Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg and China Mall in Ellis Park are great places to source rugs and homeware, and if you live in the Newtown JHC buildings, you are not too far from Ntemi Piliso Street, which is filled with many shops that sell home decor and furniture. Speaking of furniture…
Storage Can Be Tricky, Trick It Back
Storage is usually an issue in rented homes, which can result in unsightly clutter. You can improve this scenario by including decor items or other items that can serve as storage solutions and fashion statements. A stack of luggage can serve as a side table and be stacked with books or other infrequently used objects. Consider buying furniture that also lets you store things, such as a coffee table with drawers, a bed with enough space to keep some small boxes of items you don't regularly use, and a TV stand with cupboards. Think about what you want your furniture to help you with storage-wise next time you go shopping.
Can't Paint Walls? Paint The Furniture (H2)
It isn't easy to get a paint job done on the walls in a flat. If your space needs a new pop of colour, consider doing it for your furniture instead. An advantage of choosing to paint furniture instead is that you aren't limited to painting. You can add fabrics, materials, and pieces that make your furniture look even better, representing your personality through and through.
Love Where You Live
Making your space feel like home is up to what you like and love. Consider letting your personality shine through because this is YOUR space. But, if you are looking for a space to call home and decorate, JHC has affordable flats to rent in Johannesburg CBD, Jeppestown, Troyeville, Newtown, and other surrounding areas. Follow us on social media and have a look at our offerings.
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