Your home is more than just a place in which you relax and shut out the world and all its problems. It’s also a personal statement. The manifesto of your style. But when you live in an urban apartment, it can curtail your creative expression. Many city apartments come fully furnished and landlords decorate with mass appeal in mind.
As such, many living in urban centers find that their interior decor is cluttered with cliches. From identity-free IKEA furniture to the same generic canvases of calm lakes and flowers. If that’s your jam, fine. But if not, don’t be afraid to invest in making your home yours, adding some more of your personality to your aesthetic and clearing out the cliches.
Here are some ways to avoid cliche and make your space your own, even if you don’t own it:
1. Ask your landlord if they can store items you don’t want.
It can be hard to build personality into your home if you have to build it on top of your landlord’s furniture and decor. So ask if they have the facilities to remove it. They may have another property where they can keep it. Failing that, you may want to look into renting a storage unit. There’s so much you can do with it.
2. Hang artwork by local creators.
Aren’t you tired of seeing the same old framed cityscapes and insipid canvases on your walls? It’s time to clear out the IKEA prints and add some real art. Always look for art that supports local creators like Cornwall artist John Piper. Not only are you helping to support real art over the safe and commercial, you’re also doing more good for the economy by giving to a sole creator rather than a big multinational company.
3. Don’t be afraid to mix and match.
Whoever said that your home needed to have a unified aesthetic? If that’s not your preferred style then you could be sticking with a cliche for the sake of it. Don’t be afraid to add disparate elements into your decor by mixing, matching and juxtaposing colors, textures and shades in your living space.
4. Get some color on your walls.
Cream has curdled and white is wishy washy. If you want to add personality to your living space, adding some color to your walls is a good place to start. Again, the neutral tones with which many apartments are decorated are designed to be cheap, low maintenance and appeal to the lowest common denominator and that ain’t you! Of course, it’s a good idea to talk about this with your landlord beforehand. You might even want to get the exact shade and manufacturer of the paint that’s currently on your walls and offer to repaint the space prior to moving out if they don’t like the new color.
It can be challenging to add personality and character to an urban home, especially when you need to work around a landlord’s restrictions. But life’s too short to live in someone else’s idea of what your home should look like!