Decorating your rental apartment can go way beyond just sticking some art and photos on the wall. Dress up apartment living rooms with simple additions that can give more shape to a boring boxy layouts and or accent special features that might go unnoticed. Work with the lighting to make your living room warm and inviting, and position furniture so that you and your guests can converse comfortably and have easy access to tables.
Break up the severe lines of a boxy apartment living room by adding a room divider. Spend some time measuring the area and visualizing what height and color will work best with your existing decor. Ready made room dividers can be found in a variety of materials–from glass to cloth to metal–and can vary from contemporary to nostalgic in their design. Dress up an unused corner by placing a lamp behind a tri-fold room divider made of colorful fabric for a nice indirect light source. You can also put a room divider to practical use to store items you use regularly but want out of sight when visitors arrive, such as game consoles, shoes and coats.
When considering decorations for an apartment living room, be sure to look into the huge variety of wall clocks that can add a surprising amount of dimension and style to your wall. You can chose from ultra modern digital designs that are continually updated by radio signals from the most accurate source in the world–the cesium atomic clock– to classic wall mounted grandfather clocks that require a key to wind and provide a lovely chime on the hour. Novelty wall clocks can add a sense of humor to your apartment living room motif, and the choices range from Felix the Cat with a swinging tail for a pendulum to Elvis swinging his hips to the beat.
Change out plastic mini blinds or drab drapes with heavy rice paper window coverings that give the natural light coming into your living room windows a rich, golden glow. Some of the more expensive rice paper is interlaced with decorative leaves, glitter or threads to add color and sparkle to the incoming light. Sheets of rice paper can be used to fashion covers for lamp shades or made into cones and placed over bright recessed lights to soften the beam. Rice paper accordion shades for plate glass windows are easy to open and close and give your apartment living room an oriental look.
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