10 Tips for Creating the Perfect Apartment for 2

You’re taking the plunge(r)! Obviously not the marrying type, but into the apartment, silly! Moving in together is a huge step. It takes some serious patience and remembrance of the love you have for one another. We’re here to provide you with tips so you both come out of this process alive!

1. Keep the Bedding Simple

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Your man doesn’t want flowers all over his sheets, and you probably don’t want all black sheets. Keep it simple! You can never go wrong with solid white sheets. This doesn’t leave out a bunch of options either. You still have multiple choices when you consider texture and design.

2. Storage is Key

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We’ve mentioned this in almost every blog post, so it goes to show that having a lot of storage in every room is very important. It is also a proven fact that if your storage is stylish, it appears more organized. Keep that in mind when you’re shopping for crates and bins. Also, here at A.Clore Interiors, we love showing off our colorful wardrobe with freestanding clothing racks. They have a sleek look and save so much space if you have an overflowing closet.

3. Both of You Should Feel Comfortable

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You’re apartment should give off a very home-y feel to the both of you. Let it be both charming and livable. Get a large sofa that fits you together comfortably. This is the one area we will allow convenience over style!

4. Both Should Bring Something to the Table

Make sure you both move in all of your stuff to see exactly what you have and what you need. On that note, go shopping together! Don’t buy something for the home without consulting your other half first. You want to make sure the apartment reflects your relationship, not half.

5. Keep It Neutral

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Paint the place to personalize it and make it feel like home. With that being said, stick to a neutral color palette. You want to make sure that it matches all items, both yours and his.

6. Have Personal Space

Have a designated space for each of you that’s all your own. Decorate it however your little heart desires! Go all out! It’s your escape. Make sure it defines you.

7. Verify Veto Power

Let him know he has veto power! He’s a guy, so chances are he doesn’t want to pick out every little detail. Make sure he knows, though, that he has full ability to veto anything you pick out until it’s something you both like.

8. Have a Bed for Royals

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You both can probably perfectly fit in a queen size bed. Therefore, you need a king size comforter! You know the hatred that comes over you in the middle of the night when you wake up and realize they stole all the covers. This will solve all your problems!

9. Revive the Romance

Display items that encourage romance, such as pictures of you two together, candles, or flowers. That doesn’t mean pink carnations. Put out some fresh red or white roses. This creates the idea of romance in the mind, as well as lit candles. It not only helps out you and your hunny, but it makes for beautiful décor.

10. Kick Your Feet Up

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Splurge on a coffee table! You want the perfect living room table for the “kick your feet up” moments at the end of a long day. You’ll thank yourself later.

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Tricks of the Trade: Ceiling Options

Who wants a boring ceiling with ugly popcorn texture? We don’t, and we’re sure you don’t either! We have 4 solutions to this problem. Pick which one works best for you, and start making moves!

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     Our first suggestion is to cover the ceiling with tiles or planks. You have many options when it comes to the material of the planks or tiles, such as laminate, mineral fiber, PVC vinyl, or patterned tiles. The patterned tiles will definitely give a unique personality to the room you won’t see very often. Another cool look to create when considering planks is using the planks that mimic wood or beaded board. This is a great way to conceal ceiling damage as well!

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     Tin tiles covering the ceiling do a great job at hiding uneven areas. To add your own style to it, you can use oil-based primer and fun colored oil-based paint. It is extremely important to use oil-based primer and paint, because rust can become a huge issue. You also have the option of leaving the tiles as is to give it a very retro, vintage look. In this case, you will still want to get an oil-based covering, because rust would still be an issue.

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     Crown moldings and wood trim can add so much to a room. These create height dimensions and give an elegant effect. You can acquire pre-made crown moldings people like to put up themselves, or you can have it professionally done. If you are a DIY fanatic, try out the pre-made moldings, but if not, we suggest getting it professionally done. The pre-made ones require a lot of skill and a compound miter saw. Most of us don’t have one of those just sitting in the back of our craft closets.

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     Our last and most cost-effective suggestion is paint. Simply painting your ceiling can cause a huge change in the look of the room. If you want the room looking larger, lighter colors are the way to go! If you already have tall ceilings and want a warmer feel added to the room, use darker colors! If you have a big room but a low ceiling, continue the wall color as a border around the ceiling. This little trick creates the illusion of a higher ceiling. Pick which strategy you are going to pursue depending on which room you are trying to affect, and most of all, just have fun with it!

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