For the novices who have
just been out of their parents' homes, ready to start
their own lives, we have come up with tips and ideas
for the decoration of their first home or apartment.
Childish décor styles and futons are not for
grown-ups and you may still not be earning enough to
buy those sleek and expensive furniture pieces that
you desire for your rented apartment. Here are some
tips and ideas from interior designers and specialists
that you can use to live like a king in your miniature
For independent living, you need some basic
furniture items, which you can shop from flea markets and
thrift shops, borrow from friends, relatives or parents or buy
from big home décor stores, as you like. These include:
· Sofa bed with
slipcover or a sofa and a bed with headboard as separate
pieces, · At least one upholstered club chair for comfort, · At least one or two chairs that may be built to be
stacked on top of each other and may be wooden or metallic, · Tall book cases, wall mounted shelves or armoires
to keep your things, · A coffee table, · A small side table to be kept beside your club
chair, · Lamps that can be kept on table, floor or be
wall-mounted, and · A nightstand.
Add life to the old furniture using
slipcovers in range of fabrics, styles and colors.
Be creative with your eating and entertaining
area by using leather ottoman or even neatly-arranged stacks
of hardcover books as the coffee table or making use of old
drums and tyres from the junk yard to design your own
innovative center tables for almost nothing.
Hardcover books that are neatly arranged
speak of intellectual minds and avid readers.
Any mismatched furniture pieces can be
covered with slipcovers for maintaining the harmony.
Fresh paint can do wonders to an old home,
walls, furniture and tiles.
Use up lighting, dim lights, floor lighting,
spotlights on accessories and interesting focal point of the
room, and soft incandescent lights to your advantage and make
your room look completely different with mood lighting.
Bring Nature inside by tending a plant that
is low-maintenance one or buy an artificial one that looks
like a real one for the corner and windowsill décor.
Some interesting accent ideas include
pottery, porcelain, bamboo stalks, glasses, elegant carpets,
Oriental rugs, tapestries, damasks and wallpapers.
Personalize the space by displaying family
photos and handmade covers and sheets.
Clean and ironed linens, towels, sheets,
blankets and comforters can make the shabbiest place look