Featured in Style at Home, this beautiful home designed by Karen Sealy of Sealy Design, boasts of a soft neutral palette w/ pops of vibrant colors. Sophisticated and quirky, this Toronto home makes for a playful interior.
Love the bright abstract painting and orange lantern against the soft pastels.
Here are some creative ways to turn a plain apartment into something colorful, fun and unique.
Idea #1: Paint your walls. Many apartments will let you paint your walls, but you will most likely have to paint it back when you move out. If you are planning on living there from more than 6 months, I think it is a great idea to invest in some paint. It can do wonders to a room. If you don’t want to paint all of your walls, do accent walls. The wall behind your bed, the television wall or a dining room wall make great accents.
Idea #2: Rugs. This is a big one for me. When I moved into this apartment, they did not replace the carpet so there were some really ugly stains that no amount of Resolve would remove. The solution? Rugs. They “ground” a space and can add pattern and color to your room. There are so many rug options out there. Some of my favorite places to look are: Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, West Elm & Target.
Idea #3: A picture gallery wall. When you have blank walls, it gives a room an unfinished appearance. By adding a collage of empty picture frames or a gallery of artwork will fill those blank spaces beautifully. If you are a do-it-yourself-er, you can find some cheap frames and paint them in any color you want to add pops of color.
Idea #4: Hang mirrors. Apartments can be small and cramped, especially in large cities where space is limited. Adding a mirror across from a window will reflect natural light into your room, making it look larger.
Idea #5: Add curtains. There is nothing that screams “apartment” more than having untreated windows. Most apartments have cheap aluminum mini-blinds. Add large floor length drapes to give the illusion of taller ceilings. Adding curtains to separate rooms is also a creative idea if you live in a studio apartment.
Idea #6: If you love color and are looking for easy and cheap ways to add it, paint your favorite piece of furniture in a bright color. These furniture pieces will serve as focal points and keep the room fresh and exciting.
Idea #7: If you are needing an extra sleeping space for guests, but don’t want to invest in another bedroom, using a daybed that can serve as a sofa in the day and a bed at night is a great idea. Having a cute crate or wire basket that holds linens close by will make changing the bed from sofa to bed easy for guests.
Idea #8: Add ambiance with lighting. Apartments tend to use fluorescent overhead lights that drain the color and coziness of a room. Adding decorative table lamps, twinkle lights, and floor lamps not only adds character to the room, it softens harsh light, making your room cozy. Hobby Lobby and Target have some really cute lamps & shades for those looking for a bargain without sacrificing style.
Idea #9: Open shelving. Apartments are notorious for lack of storage. Adding bookcases or open shelving in a kitchen can serve as a mini pantry. Use your apartment built-in pantry to hide food and use your open shelving to store dishes for a less cluttered look. If you have cute dishes, this is a great way to display them!
Idea #10: Add decorative accents. What gives a room character are the things that fill it, things that have sentimental value. Creative knickknacks that serve as accents, are great for balancing out a space. That keep guests entertained.
This beautiful vacation rental home is located in WaterColor, Florida. The soft neutrals paired with pale blues creates a refreshing and calming atmosphere, reminiscent of the beach.
I love everything about this beautiful bedroom. The artwork, the chandelier, the soft dreamy bedding, the wood floors and ceiling detail are all amazing!
I like all of the different textures introduced in this home.
I like the idea of mixing different types of seating and the unique chandelier.