Whether you are living in a studio apartment with one room and a bathroom or a larger apartment with three or four separate rooms, decorating challenges can and will occur. There is no reason to be discouraged because, as you will read below, there are several decorating tips that you can use, without spending a fortune, to make any size living space both functional and stunning. The most important obstacle to overcome is the color that you select for the walls and/or ceiling. When selecting a color choose one that is warm and inviting, as well as, one that promote a stress-free environment. In some instances, the living room, kitchen, and dining room all over-lap. If this is the case, then you will need to make sure that the colors you select for each room corresponds with one another and that the décor’ blends easily with each room. One suggestion is to choose a color that you can get varying shades of so that it separates each room while maintaining the unified color scheme. Dark colors tend to absorb light and visually make the walls seem as though they are closing in on you so take this into account when selecting a color. Keep in mind that the smaller the space the lighter the color of the walls and ceilings should be. Use bold and bright colors when selecting accents to give the room that burst of color that you are looking for. If you must use a dark color in a small space then the most workable solution is to paint the largest wall in the room a dark color while leaving the other walls a lighter more reflective color. This will create a nice contrast to the room without drawing attention to the small space. Now that you have selected the color scheme for your room(s) you will want to think about lighting. Lighting can make or break a room! A typical apartment will have flat overhead lights which make a small apartment seem smaller. If you are not at liberty to remove and replace the overhead lights then consider strategically placing lamps throughout the room to “stretch” the corner of each room and leave the overhead lights off. Using lamps and/or other light sources give you the freedom to control the room’s atmosphere, conceal cluttered areas due to limited space, and add a separated glow around the room. It is imperative that the furniture you select be both versatile and functional. For example, if you are living in a one bedroom apartment a futon couch can serve both as a couch and a bed. Position your couch facing the entrance to the living room to give your guest a sense of being welcomed. Another example of a functional piece is using a coffee table with built-in drawers that can hide throws, magazines, or just about anything that might otherwise create clutter in the room. Keep in mind, when purchasing furniture, the size of your apartment as well as the functionality of each piece.
A close friend recently lost all but the shirt on his back when his Las Vegas apartment caught fire. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but he ended up with a nasty, soggy mess once the smoke cleared. Worst part, my music addict friend, was devastated to discover his prized stereo was nothing more than a blackened mass of twisted metal and molten plastic. Unfortunately my friend had to replace it all from his own pocket…OUCH… That’s why you must discover how you can avoid a big a hole in your pocket if any unforseen accident occurs during your apartment rental. If you’re already looking for an apartment, you should consider renters’ insurance. When you rent a living space, whether you rent from a home owner, a property manager, or even a university, it’s a good idea to purchase renters insurance, which can cover damage to or loss of your personal property. The main reason to get renters insurance is protection. If you have valuable items, you’re responsible for them. Most landlords insure the physical apartment against damage caused by fire, hail, and vandalism. Their insurance policies, however, will not cover any damage to your personal properties. Landlord’s insurance policies don’t cover your properties, nor does their insurance protect your belongings against any accidents or damage caused by other tenants. Renter’s insurance also protects you against liability lawsuits or medical bills for people who were injured while in your apartment. One of the first things to be aware of, some landlords require you to purchase renters insurance before you are allowed to move in. When you check the terms of your lease, look to see whether or not renters insurance is required. You should investigate the various different types of renters insurance available and any particular stipulations on your renter’s lease that might have some impact on the type of coverage you need. Many types of loss are covered by insurance. The types or any additional clauses of the available insurance programs depend on who is supplying the insurance. In the event that there is some damage to your property, you receive one of two types of payments to cover the damage. Once your claim is filed and cleared, you receive either actual cash value or replacement cost coverage. As the name suggests, actual cash value is the type of insurance coverage that pays an amount of money that’s equal to the current cost of whatever items of yours have been damaged minus the depreciated value. Depreciated value means the monetary value lost over time. Replacement cost is the type of coverage for which you are paid whatever amount of money it would cost to replace your lost or damaged property. According to this type of program, you only get money when you choose to replace any lost or damaged items. Potential disadvantages of this type of coverage is the limit to how much money you can receive when you make a claim, plus, you generally have to pay higher premiums to get the insurance in the process. At the end of the day, getting renter’s insurance has a lot of advantages if you have a lot of valuable possessions or if you are planning on renting long-term. In downtown Las Vegas, you are hardly looking at one of the worse crime areas on the map but you should definitely think about preparing for all eventualities when you decide to rent, including destruction to or loss of property