Whether you’re just graduating college or skipping the college experience and moving out on your own, the excitement of living in your first apartment is a thrilling feeling. While your budget may be limited, there are still plenty of ways to get the coziness you’ve come to love about your childhood home into your first place too. You may be unsure of what your personal style is, but the items on this list for decorating your first place are universal and something that will benefit anyone with any taste. Let’s take a look at some must-haves for your first home.
Become A Plant Person
These days it’s not uncommon for people to decorate with a bit of a “jungalow” theme in their homes and apartments. The vibe is cozy, natural, and alive simultaneously. Plants really can improve your mood, not to mention plants benefit the air you breathe. If you’re going to be living with a cat, they’re awfully curious and may try to eat your houseplants. Many houseplants are toxic to our feline and canine companions, so either buy pet-friendly plants or go with faux plants instead. Either way, bringing greenery into your new place gives it a breath of fresh air and a fun hobby keeping your plants alive and watching them grow.
While your first place will probably come with some overhead lighting, you’re not going to want to sit around in a brightly lit room at all hours of the day and evening. You should invest in some floor and table lamps that fit your aesthetic to use in the evening. If you get great sunlight in your new home, forego all electrical lighting and open the blinds. It is a more sustainable choice, and natural lighting is better for your eyes than artificial lights. Speaking of windows, you want to invest in window treatments for when you want to block out the light in your home. Curtains give a sense of coziness as well as privacy from the prying eyes of nosey neighbors.
Set The Tone
You may be used to listening to your music through your Airpods or on your computer, but you’ll likely be having guests over to your new home. Opting for a more mature way to enjoy the sounds of your favorite musical artists is a must in your home. Whether you go the route of a Bluetooth speaker from your phone or the real deal vinyl records on a turntable, having a way to set the mood for yourselves and others is essential. Not to mention, record collecting has come back in a significant way, and music sounds the best coming from a turntable.
Invest In Your Rest
They don’t call it “beauty rest” for no reason – getting a good night’s sleep is critical to one’s overall health and longevity. While it can be tempting to scrimp when it comes to purchasing a mattress, it’s not worth it. If there is one area that you should splurge on with your home budget, it’s the mattress. Firm or soft is up to you and your body’s needs, but you want to ensure that you’re getting the highest quality mattress you can afford. You’re likely working long hours to afford this first home, so making sure you have a bed that promotes restful and restorative sleep is paramount.
Delight Your Sense Of Scent
Do you know how many realtors will bake fresh cookies in homes they’re showing? It helps people envision themselves in the house, not to mention smells fantastic. You want to have a home that smells good not just for you but also for people who visit you. While you may not have time to do a deep clean before each time someone comes over, you do have time to light a candle or turn on an essential oil diffuser. Not to mention, aromatherapy can have positive effects on our mood. Steer clear of chemical air fresheners as they can harm your respiratory system and the environment.
So there you have it; if you use the above-mentioned areas as starting points for what you must have in your new home, you can build off them with your specific needs and tastes. Congratulations on your first place, and here’s to making it your own!