Decorating Your Brand New DC Apartment

green-in-homeDC has dozens of older buildings that reflect the classic architecture of the city. While these properties are beautiful in their own unique way, new construction is favored by many residents because the spaces are more thoughtfully designed, airier, and squeaky clean. As the first resident, you get the satisfaction of wearing in the new space!

At Park Van Ness, our modern, refined apartments were built to highlight the best aspects of the city. Backing up against the park means these NW apartments are brighter, lighter, and airier than your average DC luxury apartments. Even the smallest apartments in the building feel larger than your typical studio thanks to the large windows and spacious parkland.

For Washingtonians who have recently moved and are looking for ways to decorate their new rental, we’ve got a few tips from our interior design experts.

Take Your Time

Often, when people move, they spend that first weekend shopping for items they think they can’t survive without in their new space. Instead of making these impulsive purchases, take some time to organize, and actually live in your home. After a week or so has passed, then thoughtfully shop for items to jazz up the space. DC boasts a number of funky flea markets so you can decorate with unique, one-of-a-kind items. Check out the shops at Union Market, the Sunday vendors at Eastern Market, or some of the boutique shops in Adams Morgan or along the U Street corridor.

Mix and Match

You don’t need to shop at luxury stores to make your apartment feel luxurious. One Washington designer recommends buying one statement piece of furniture and supplementing it with more wallet-friendly finds. Ikea and Home Goods have plenty of options for those redecorating on a budget. You can also find luxury items at discounted prices on Joss and Main, One Kings Lane, and Gilt.

Bring the Outside In

Plants make any space seem larger and more inviting plus they act as an all-natural air filter in your home. If traditional greenery isn’t your thing, try succulents or herbs. Scattering mini cacti around your home adds interesting character to a rental apartment.

You may not be able to make major changes to the space if you don’t own the place, but thoughtful, meaningful furniture and accessories can make a house a home.

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