When staying in a studio apartment for a long time, it can be really helpful to make the place feel as homely as possible by adding a personal touch. By implementing different kinds of decoration, you can turn a bland and soulless apartment into a place you’ll love spending time in, that expresses your personality and truly makes you feel at home – no matter how far away you may be. This guide will help you find ways to decorate your long-stay studio apartment to make it as comfortable and cute as possible!
Long-stay studio apartment: personalise your lighting
When moving into a long-stay apartment, or any place for that matter, lighting is a key element in making the space feel warm and inviting. However, the lighting that’s initially installed is usually less than ideal. Luckily, most apartments come with ceiling mount lighting fixtures that can easily be replaced without having to rewire or upset your landlord. Simply pick out a new fixture, unscrew the old one, and replace it with the new one.
There are hundreds of different light fixtures to choose from, but you may also want to adapt the colour of the lighting. There are many different wattages and colour tones to use, but colour-changing bulbs are starting to gain popularity and are great for choosing the right mood for the right moment.
We recommend exploring the options at your local hardware store, like Bunnings. They have a large selection of globes and lighting fixtures and are always ready to help with anything you might need. We do love these Arlec RGB Colour Mode globes though… All you need to do is swap the globe out, connect the globe to your phone, and you’re able to change the colour, choose a preferred setting, and can even turn the lights on and off when you’re not home! They’re a super-simple go-to if you don’t have the time to search around.
Long-stay studio apartment: change the mood with simple throws and cushions
Another easy way to decorate your long-stay studio apartment to make it as comfortable and homely as possible? Cushions and throws. They’re a super simple way to add colour to your living space while also bringing the best of comfort and style. Plus, there’s no room for error in terms of upsetting your landlord!
We LOVE the Isla in Bloom picnic rugs. They’re designed to be used indoors as a throw to brighten up your home as well as outside for your adventures. It’s a great versatile piece that’ll give you a sense of wanderlust year long. Better yet? They’re made with 100% cotton and are SO comfortable, available in a range of colours and designs great for picking the perfect one for your home.
When it comes to finding your cushion of choice, your options really are endless. Places like Kmart and Target have an amazing selection at affordable prices for everyone. But if you’re looking for an ultra-unique cushion choice that expresses the most of your personality? We love the range at Edge of Urge. From simple designs to hand-embroidered prints that say exactly what you’re thinking, these funky cushions are irresistible!
Long-stay studio apartment: decorate for easy up keep
The key to decorating for an easy upkeep? Keep it simple.
Enjoy plug-in diffusers as a safe way to create a signature scent without the worry of candles catching fire!
Use rugs to hide and protect floors. They can lift an entire room and you can easily make your own or find affordable options at second hand stores. When they get dirty, it’s much easier popping your rug into the washing machine as opposed to getting your floors steam-cleaned. Plus, they can help to absorb sound if your studio apartment doesn’t have carpet to begin with.
Hang curtains to cover ugly blinds and walls. They’re great for softening any room and can also help with temperature control.
Opt for fake plants where real plants aren’t an option. They’re a great way to add colour, depth, and personality to a space, without the added concern of watering or pest-control!
Long-stay studio apartment: decorate to suit your lifestyle
Keep in mind when decorating your studio apartment that the best way to achieve a comfortable, homely vibe is to make it your own. Think about what you like in an apartment, how you’ll spend your time, and exactly what works for you. There’s no point decking your apartment out in the latest styling trends only to realise you hate it. You need something that ticks all of your boxes, so consider your lifestyle/interests and work from there.
Make it your own and you’ll fall in love with your space in no time.
Decorating a long-stay studio apartment doesn’t have to be difficult or break the bank. A few simple and subtle changes can really turn a bland space into a homely wonderland that you’ll want to spend all your time in. We hope this guide will help you make the most of your long-stay so feeling homesick will no longer be a concern.
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