Are you a potential first time apartment owner? Or are you building a budget for when you would move into your own space?
I’m hardly the expert on apartment sorting, but having lived in different house scenarios (with family, with multiple roommates, with only a single roommate, flat mate, independent single rooms, now independent one bedroom), I have a good sense of different living situations and their distinct needs.
And having also experienced various house moves personally, I understand and can help with tips on what to look out for, how to manage your budget while moving, purchasing house supplies or generally the process of settling into a new place.
This is because, there are things that are pressingly important, and others that are not.
2 Things Every First Time Apartment Owner Should Care About
Wall paint and 3D Wall Art
During the apartment selection process, there would have been tons of interests of which, room paint colour would have been and should be the least. It wouldn’t even pass for a secondary concern.
However, after new house key concerns (such house proximity to locations, availability of phone signal, etc) have been out of the way and the apartment that meets all expectations has been selected and paid for, the room colour moves from a tertiary to a primary concern. Right before any material has to be moved about.
While this may not be a make or break case, this is quite an important one. Wall colours speak silently about how the room decor would be managed, which I realised almost too late.
It could determine the absolute details of the home such as colour set for the impending furniture, curtains, bedding and house accessories.
Generally put, the wall paint colour provides the first impression your home doles out and also impacts on the mood of the home.
#1 The Apartment and The Wall Colour
Majority of apartments come originally with the neutral white colour for the interior walls, which already goes a long way to creating a good balance of brightness and stainless aura.
But there are the ones with colours which would make future organisation seem tacky or generally unpleasant to look at if left unattended to.
Most uninformed contractors tend to go for cheap paint jobs, or the available/ left over paint boxes from previous house works, because they believe the prospective occupants would cover them up anyways with their set of decorations.
But then, there’s just so much you can do with, say, a maroon coloured sitting room wall on a budget.
Some negative experiences with unpleasing wall colours can be when your room feels shaded at all times, the room being consistently grim on the inside while fairly daylight and fairies be happening outside.
Now if you’ve gone through the troubles of choosing the comfortable place against those major factors highlighted earlier, a little thought can be spared to improve a dis-satisfactory wall colour, if you find that it exists.
In DIYnetwork, it’s said that, “You do not have to spend a lot of money on an interior designer to redo the look of your house. With a little paint and a lot of imagination, you can easily change the look and feel of a room”.
Additionally, it doesn’t have to be a holistic full blown paint job. For budget control, it could just be only 2 opposite sides of the wall getting a new paint job, the others retaining the original colour. Or the bottom or top half of the 4 wall corners getting the new shade.
A pop of the ideal/intended colour goes a long way to making it all pleasing.
If you wish to take it up a notch or if you’re not bothered about theories of cost effectiveness, then you could install some 3D art instead. This would introduce a modern touch and provide the ultimate customised personality to your home.
As a rule of thumb, when in doubt, neutral colours work best for all situations. Also, they provide for the best of elegant appearance.
And when considering the decor, it’s always better to have softer paint colours with contrasting bold and dark coloured furniture, or art work.
#2 Mattress and Bed frame
If there’s anything that is one of the most important elements in the house, it has got to be the bed.
Even if you’re a workaholic that may be believed to spend more time at the workplace than at home, it would surprise you to learn that most of the little time you spend at home would be spent on your bed!
The best effort, therefore, should be worked into putting together the best choice of mattress.
As we know, as far as life is concerned, sleep is unavoidable. And if we have to spend one-third of every single day sleeping, it’s only fair to make the time a good one, and the sleep a deserving one.
And this is predominantly determined, among other factors, by the level of comfort we get from the mattress we choose to relax on. Comfort is not personal, only the style is.
Whether you select your style of comfort to be lying on your stomach, side or back, if the mattress is not tasteful, your most suitable style will fail on you, and you will find yourself turning and tossing all around the bed.
What happens when the mattress is of wrong composition for your body, or when you’re exercising budget control on mattress quality, is that you end up spending more time with occasional body pain, or searching for the “right” spot on the bed that does the trick. Rather than have all spots magical (or really just ok, no pressure).
The Apartment and The Mattress
For mattress quality, they come in different kinds – eg. spring or foam; and the difference is just dependent on what kind of sleeper you are, and if you like a soft bed.
See, for the different kinds, there’s even separate categories when considering pluffy, or bouncy & soft, or even degree of firmness.
Some mattress brands have specific mattresses dependent on style of sleeping – say, if you sleep on your back, there’s a mattress for you different from if you sleep on your side. There’s even the type for if your partner tosses and turns. But this is just an overkill.
What you need to know is that mattresses are especially designed to suit different age grades. You need a bed that equally fits your length, and body weight. Density and mattress thickness is very important. Irregardless of brand, the type of foam for an adolescent wouldn’t pass for an adult.
However, the duration of your stay in your new apartment should also determine the quality and budget of the impending mattress. Whether getting a naked foam with a cover, or a branded mattress, a thick one or a thin one.
Comfort can come in various styles and budget.
It’s better to get an average serving comfortable bed if your stay is hardly permanent. Same goes when considering building a bed frame.
If your stay is temporary, you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a bed/ bed frame when you’re only going to haul it somewhere soon and incur extra cost.
But if you’re really not so crazy about bed frames, there are various options for elevating the bed above ground. There are custom designed cubes, on which your mattress is placed above. There are boxes, and most recently, pallets. All these are extremely modern and appreciable.
Interior wall paint colour and choice of mattress happen to be the least worrisome concerns for new house owners, and so ignored. Mistake!
You want your new home to appeal to you in comforting terms, where you’d look forward to pushing past your front door, being greeted by the toned walls all the way to the bedroom, before you finally stretch all over the bed!
Little research here and there would keep you at the peak of comfort that could easily be omitted.