No white board, no extra-long sheets, and no mini-fridge: These decorating essentials, recommended by the pros, are all you’ll need for your first grown-up apartment.

1. PAINT!
“Most rental properties threaten to keep your security deposit if you leave even a trace that you once lived there, but we say ask for forgiveness, not permission,” says Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. After all, paint can immediately transform a space. Don’t be afraid to go bold with a deep, rich hue, which will make the space feel cozy and will immediately elevate the entire room.”

curtains2. GET PROPER CURTAINS
“Nothing made me feel more grown up than my first curtains and roman shades that weren’t made of paper or plastic,” says Young Huh of Young Huh Interior Design. “Fabric curtains immediately add luxurious structure and color to a room.”

 

 

neutral3. START NEUTRAL; MIX IN SPLASHES OF COLOR
“This easy combination is somehow always in fashion,” explains Dee Elms of Terrat Elms Interior Design. “It will look collected and high-end, even if you are buying mainly mass-market pieces.”

 

 

rug4. ADD AREA RUGS
“They’re artwork for the floor!” says Lewis. “Rooms that have many layers feel more sophisticated than those that are one-dimensional. Area rugs are a great way to help define different areas within a space as well as add a pop of color, pattern and texture.”

Read the full article at HouseBeautiful.com.