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Tips for Decorating Your First Apartment to Your Aesthetic

Tips for Decorating Your First Apartment to Your Aesthetic

Your first apartment is a big deal because this is the first time you’re technically out in the world by yourself. This will become your safe space, so learn how to decorate it toward your aesthetic. Maybe you just got a high-end apartment in Charlotte, NC—you’ll spend a lot of your time there, so ensure that you are comfortable, relaxed, and happy to be there with these décor tips.

Find Your Style and Aesthetic

Do you like the more modern and classic look? Or the comfortable contemporary look? Maybe you’re more edgy and vibrant? Whatever your preference, browse through the internet and Pinterest boards to understand precisely what kind of style and aesthetic you want to recreate in your apartment. This also subtly nudges you to be more cohesive in your décor, so everything in the house will match and flow together easily.

Buy a Few Items Over Time Before Moving

Before you even move into the space, start brainstorming exactly what type of look and feel you want to create in the apartment. If you try to buy all the décor you envision right away, you’ll spend more than half the money in your wallet. Purchasing an item here and there won’t break the bank.

Maximize the Natural Light

Natural light opens the living space tenfold. Add a few decorative mirrors on the wall so that the light can bounce off the reflection and fill the area more. Match your blinds and curtains to your aesthetic to further the picture-perfect style. The natural light will accentuate any elements, making the space warm and cozy.

Add Small Decorative Elements

Decorating your first apartment to fit your aesthetic does not need to be intricate or overflowing with items. However, place small pieces throughout the house to tie everything together. One of the best ways to make a space pop more with smaller things is by adding rugs, throw pillows and blankets, smaller art décor, etc.

This is the first place you get to call your own. Decorate the space so that you can feel safe and comfortable because this is where you’ll end up night after night; you might as well be pleased with how it looks. Always remember that nothing is permanent—you can change your style and preferences the longer you live there.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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