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From Student Chic to Adult Sleek: Easy Ways to Update Your Apartment

Published Jul 17, 2018
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Do you feel like your apartment is stuck in student mode? Updating it is easier than you might think!

Ayre & Oxford have some great ideas that will transform your chic student pad into a sleek and mature space you'll want to show off.

First, start with an apartment purge. A clutter-free apartment will transform your space to give it a more grown-up vibe.

Transform your drab bedroom easily with a few soft finishes and cool tones. Splurge on a new set of sheets in a solid colour and add some decorative pillows and a soft throw to the bed. Comforters can be costly, so, if needed, purchase a duvet cover to slip over it. Update your dresser with paint, vinyl stickers, or wallpaper. Adding a texture or colour to your dresser will make it pop!

In the living room, it doesn't matter if your furniture matches if you add continuity. Pick throw pillows for the couch that are similar in colour or design as your chair, and replace mini blinds with rich fabric curtains. A good area rug will also help tie your room together. Look for one with a bold pattern that incorporates at least one colour from the room.

A new set of dishes and some organization will help you transition away from that student kitchen. Flea markets and second-hand stores are the perfect places to find unique dishes without breaking the bank. As for organization, keep the area clean and find some stylish storage containers to display your nonperishables.

Transforming your bathroom can be as simple as replacing your plastic shower curtain with a fabric one, putting your plush towels and washcloths on display, and adding a plant or some candles. If you want to step up your design, use art or vinyl stickers on the wall. Finish the new look off with a luxurious, spa-like bathmat.

A few other tips:

  • Mirrors will make small rooms appear larger.
  • Add art to the walls. Support a local artist or shop flea markets for the perfect pieces.
  • Hide all your cords for a polished look.
  • Add a bar cart to your living room to organize beverages, books, and photos, or use it as a mobile end table.