Romanticizing Your Rental (Pt. 2)

Now that we’ve figured out how to painlessly improve the interior architecture of a rental, let’s talk about those items you fill it with. The colors, textures, sizes, and styles of what you bring in will greatly affect what your apartment looks like, so take some time to collect inspiration and figure out what you like before committing.

The Decor That Fills It

For my own world I am inspired by the interiors of French cottages. Their curvy furniture in milky whites and creams has an ethereal presence that I’d love to capture, and all the little details add a charm you could scarcely pick out unless you inspected the parts. But whatever suits your fancy, there is need for a cohesive look that can handle the workload of apartment life.

Furniture

It must be said that smaller spaces require smaller furniture, but that doesn’t necessarily correlate to their physical size. For a romantic apartment, lighter looking furniture is a must. Curves and thin legs and carved out negative space give the illusion of a bigger room with their floating figures, whereas blocky furniture will weigh it down and is better left to one or two pieces.

As with all guides about furnishing small spaces I must mention the importance of multifunctional items. A bench with shoe storage or a bed skirt hiding pullout bins are a smart use of crucial space that would otherwise go unused. Items like the day beds from IKEA are perfect because as well as providing extra storage they serve the dual purpose of a couch and bed.

My favorite place to find furniture thus far has been my local Craigslist because of the quality to be found at affordable prices. Other places I peruse are antique fairs and shops or consignment and thrift stores. As of late IKEA has begun stocking furniture with more romantic details but for the price and quality I find that local listings still prevail.

There is also the option of freshening up your current furniture with a few embellishments. On a whim we bought a beautifully structured armoire with unfortunate stains and rusty hardware that could easily transform with a wash over of ivory, a few appliques, and new knobs.

Electronics

Technology often appears unpleasantly modern or dull in the atmosphere of a romantic apartment, but there is no getting around how useful they are despite their appearance. The obvious solution would be to try and find them in a pleasing case, but those options are very limited and it may not conceivably be the end-all solution for every electronic.

One of the more reliable ways this can be remedied is simply by hiding the devices where applicable, such as enclosing an unsightly vacuum in the pantry or keeping gaming systems behind a media center door. Even draping pretty cloth over an old monitor when not in use can do wonders.

Loose Items

“Loose Items” is my catch-all for the many knick-knacks we lolitas seem to revel in collecting. From headbows to tea pots and stuffed alpacas, there is always some collection or pile of oddities finding their way to the top of a dresser.

I’ve spent the past month getting rid of a lot of these loose items, and I must say it’s hard to miss them when the result is a much more cohesive and up-to-date look at my interests. The remaining knick-knacks have been ceremoniously arranged in a hutch for that single purpose, and those items I cannot bear to re-home have taken residence in a storage box. The items you choose to display make an impact on your decor either as items of interest or a tangled mess- to stick to the former make sure they all have a home!

(Lolita bedroom is fahrlight‘s)

Adding loose items should be done sparingly, and only under circumstances where they will enhance the appeal of an area. Pillows are a great example, as couches and beds can always use that plush decorative touch.

Join me soon for Part 3 where I talk about how to freshen up the space!

How do you imagine your dream decor to be? I’d love to know in the comments! Have a sugar-sweet day and thanks for reading!