Four blank walls and and some cheap furniture for your small apartment can easily feel like a jail cell. Luckily there are ways you can make your apartment rental feel a lot more cozy, without breaking the bank. Here are 5 ways to make your small apartment rental feel like home.

Up your Plant Game

Plants are such easy and affordable ways to cozy up your rental apartment. The great thing is that you don’t have to go very far to buy one or two or even three. Look no further than your nearest wet market and you’ll find many indoor friendly plants. You can check out our post on the Best indoor plants for Hong Kong apartments for more.

Curtains and Blinds

Many people often overlook curtains and blinds and just use the ones that came with the apartment. Sure you can do that, but why come back home to something that’s not appealing? We say use this opportunity to add texture, color and patterns to really lift your bare walls! Plus, they aren’t that expensive! So, go to Ikea or better yet find a consultant who can advise you on what would work best for your apartment and budget. If you want to know more, we wrote a post which featured a curtains and blinds place and what they recommend when choosing them for small spaces.

Rugs, Throws and Pillows

Some rooms or areas of your Hong Kong apartments are deprived of natural light. This then creates a heavy and hard atmosphere. By incorporating fabric  you instantly create something more soothing, comfy and even more personable! Remember you deserve to come home to a place of Zen. Other that the usual stores we recommend, Franc Franc is also nice place to visit if you want to style your home with these three things. If you want more options to choose from, a good place to visit is Horizon Plaza.


This is actually so very important when living small. The brighter your space, the less claustrophobic your apartment will feel. Many older apartments here in Hong Kong have overhead lighting fixtures that are very outdated. The simplest way you can up your game is to buy some LED light bulbs that can change color temperatures and can be dimmed. Having more control of lighting can help you create moods that are more welcoming and soothing. You can go one step further by getting LED light strips and we prefer this option even more. You see, using lighting strips is a way to expand space. Designers use this strip lighting under furniture, so the floor appears to keep on going! The major bonus is that these light strips are very affordable nowadays, so go and get yours from Fortress.


Picture frames

With 3M command strips making hanging pictures super friendly, you should definitely hang some of your favorite pictures and prints up in your apartment. Places like e-print or fotomax make it super easy to print your photos into larger sizes. Another option is to find prints on Etsy and purchase the downloadable version. Hanging up photos, prints and art is the easiest way to lift those boring walls. So if you spend a little time doing this, you’ll just make your entire stay in your rental a lot more pleasant.

There you have it. 5 ways to make your small apartment rental feel like home.

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