Personalize Your Apartment

Decorating your apartment in whatever type of décor appeals to you is important, but what is equally important is making sure that your apartment speaks to you on a personal level. Your apartment is your home and therefore it needs those elements that make it truly "you." As well, upon entering your home and looking around, visitors should get an idea fairly quickly about what matters most to you. Do not be afraid that you will somehow personalize your apartment too much-it's your home, so personalize away!

Take a quick look around your apartment. Does it have a comfortable, personalized feeling to it or is it depersonalized?! Does it look like the home of someone who leads a warm and fulfilling life? Does it have the little touches that make a house (or apartment) a home? If not, here are some suggestions as to how you can bring more of your own personality into your living space.

Photographs
Photographs spell personality with a capital "P". Photographs of family, friends, you and your significant other on a vacation to Hawaii, you hugging your cat and so on. You get the idea. If the photograph has significance to you, then frame it and put it up on your wall or put it in a snazzy picture frame and display it on your desk, bookcase or a table in your apartment.

Favorite photos also add an element of personality to a home. Whether you snapped the pictures or not, if they matter to you, hang them up in your home! I have a beautiful photo of a Cape Cod sunset that always puts me at ease and gives me pause every time I look at it. I also have a photo a friend took of palm trees swaying in the breeze in Miami, Florida, that always puts me in a sunny, summery and decidedly happy kind of mood. The picture is hanging just inside my door, so I always see it as I enter and exit my apartment.

Figurines
Personalize your apartment with knick-knacks and figurines that you collect and adore. Display them throughout your apartment. Tthis is one area where you don't want to overdo it. Keep it simple, as you don't want your porcelain doll collection or figurines of elephants or horses to take over any room in your apartment!

Your academic accomplishments
Proudly display your degree, diploma or certificates from a college or university in your home, preferably near the area that houses your desk. If you have a room that you use as an office, hang them there. Your personality also takes into account your brains, after all.

What else?
What else personalizes an apartment? Drawings that your children, nieces or nephews have made look nice on the refrigerator or in a special spot on the wall set aside for "artistic works." Personalizing can also be about throw rugs that appeal to you, toss cushions in a shade of color you believe is truly "you," crafts adorning your home that you made yourself (or someone made for you) or anything that exudes your genuine personality. Be authentic, be true to your true nature and let the honest-to-goodness real you shine through in your apartment! And remember, personalizing is not supposed to be a chore, it's supposed to be a fun way to allow your sparkling personality to shine through in every corner of your home!

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