Getting your first apartment is a big deal. Getting your first apartment in Sydney is an even bigger deal. Apartments, in Australia’s largest city, are expensive and difficult to find because they disappear faster than expected.
If you managed to snatch a nice apartment off the market, you’re already halfway there, the other half is going to be decorating the said apartment.
We know that buying a first apartment is expensive so we tried to make a guide to decorating your first apartment that won’t break your bank. If you’re interested, keep on reading.
- Start with wall colour
When in doubt about where to begin, start with walls. Choosing the right colour for your apartment may seem like a huge commitment – what if you make a wrong decision, what if you hate the colour, and tons of similar questions linger on your mind.
Use neutral colour to avoid making mistakes and to build a perfect base. Neutral colours such as off-white, grey, beige, greige, and similar colours are going to give your apartment an airy and bright look and also give you a nice opportunity to add colour with furniture, rugs, curtains, artwork, and so on.
You really can’t go wrong if you choose a neutral colour for your apartment walls.
- Apartment flooring
There are a variety of flooring options available – hardwood, laminate, bamboo, vinyl, etc. These versatile flooring options are so popular due to the practicality, decorative and cohesive look they give to your whole apartment.
In case your want to add carpets to your new apartment, you can do that too. Finding a perfect carpet in Sydney shouldn’t be a problem. Additionally, to add warmth and softness to your carpet floors you can layer them with fun, colourful, or patterned rugs.
- Pick the right size furniture
When moving into a new apartment, many people make the mistake of buying the wrong size furniture. Having a huge sectional in a small apartment is a big design mistake – not to mention that the whole apartment will look cramped because of that big piece of furniture.
Similarly, buying too small furniture for a larger apartment is another way to throw the whole room of balance. Small furniture will look out of place in a big room.
The best solution is to measure the space and find furniture that will neither overwhelm nor disappear in your new apartment. Picking the right size furniture is always the best solution.
- Storage space and multifunctional furniture
Something that many people have trouble with is the lack of storage. To avoid having these kinds of problems, choose functional furniture that has storage potential. This is especially important if your new apartment is on the smaller side.
Choosing multifunctional furniture pieces that can adapt to many situations is a lifesaver in many small apartments. For example, choose a bed that has under-storage space, or a sofa that can be transformed into a bed, shelves that have nice storage space and can display décor pieces, and so on.
Ideally, letting in as much natural light as possible is the best solution. For that, you’ll need to stay away from heavy window treatments and avoid blocking the windows with furniture. Instead, paint the walls in bright, neutral colours and add décor with reflective surfaces such as mirrors or glass.
As for lighting options, try to choose smart lighting with LED bulbs that not only save energy but are also much more affordable lighting solutions.
- Create a space that has your own signature
Décor can help you add personality and warmth to your new apartment. But when decorating, make sure your space reflects you – your personality and what you love. Add artwork that you love, display your photos, souvenirs, knick-knacks, and so on.
Choose an accent colour for your apartment that will make it more inviting and cozier and that will give it character. Don’t forget to add life and freshness to your apartment with plants and greenery. Simply create a space that you will love and that will scream “I live here”.
At first, decorating your first apartment might seem daunting – where do you start, is it too much, or too little, and so on. But the truth is, decorating your first apartment can be a lot of fun, so make sure you enjoy every step of it!
Jasmine Anderson is a Sydney-based lifestyle blogger and a toddler mom. She loves to spend quality time with her family, go thrifting, and spend just a little bit too much time on the internet.