One of the most important parts of moving into a new apartment is making it your own. Creating your own space at Rivers Ledge—one that’s perfect for you—is an exciting and fun process, but it can be a little daunting.
Check out these tips for making your new luxury apartment at Rivers Ledge feel like your own personal oasis.
Don’t Be Afraid to Downsize Your Belongings
Moving is the best time to really figure out what possessions you love. Try the KonMari method—as you’re packing, consider which items still spark joy in you, and discard those that don’t speak to your heart. When you become more selective in the items you keep in your home, it also allows you to showcase what’s special to you.
If there are items you’re looking to get rid of, you may want to consider donating them to a good cause, like the Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Schenectady County.
Choose a Statement Piece
Choosing a statement piece, like an interesting piece of art, a gallery wall, or even a unique piece of furniture, can show your personality in a fun way. In an homage to the gorgeous natural beauty outside your windows at Rivers Ledge, you might consider a table or sculpture made by a local craftsman to bring the outside in.
Wylie Wood Co in nearby Clifton Park is a great option when searching for handmade décor, and many of their pieces are made from reclaimed materials, which is great for the environment. You can also check out Adirondack Woodshed Inc. in Schenectady if you want a more traditional piece of high quality Amish furniture. Additionally, Bluebird Home Décor in Schenectady has a unique assortment of original artwork, vintage pieces, and much more to complete your design.
Keep it Light & Bright
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of a space. At Rivers Ledge, large windows with bright and beautiful views encourage you to keep your curtains open—but natural light isn’t the only way to brighten your space. One of the best ways to keep your apartment feeling bright, open, and spacious is by adding lighting.
If you’re looking to purchase from a place with excellent customer service and a diverse selection of pieces, check out Wolberg Lighting Design & Electrical Supply in Albany. They have years of experience, a deep passion for light fixtures and design, and they’ll take the time to really figure out what you need.
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box! Both floor lamps and table lamps are great options, but there are plenty of out-of-the-box options, such as battery-operated or plug-in sconces, puck lights, or command-strip light bars, which are great for illuminating closets and cabinets.
Turn Up the Cozy With Rugs
Rugs can transform a space and change the whole vibe. If you’re looking to make your space more formal, consider a traditional oriental rug or a simplistic geometric pattern in neutral colors. If your vibe is fun and funky, you could layer rugs in bright, complementary colors. Those who love the boho chic aesthetic might consider a jute rug, which brings the perfect amount of natural texture to a space.
No matter your stylistic preferences, rugs add personality and warmth—plus, they can help visually separate areas in open-concept layouts like we have at Rivers Ledge.
Towne Decorators in Schenectady is a great option when looking for rugs. They have an online store with a visualizer, so you can get a feel for how the rug will look in your space—and they have a storefront as well, so you can pop by and see your choice in person before making the final decision.
If you’re looking for unique, reclaimed, or vintage rugs, URBAN Restyle is also located in Schenectady, and they have a ton of interesting pieces to pick through. This store is an absolute treasure trove, so be prepared to take the whole afternoon to look!
You already know the importance of organization in the home, but if you’re moving into Rivers Ledge from a larger space, it’s even more vital to stay organized.
After you’ve pared down your belongings, it’s still easy to get overwhelmed by having to find a place for everything. We’ve got three suggestions to help you stay organized in your Rivers Ledge apartment: utilize dual-purpose furniture, put your smaller items in baskets or bins, and label everything!
Dual purpose furniture, such as storage ottomans and captain’s beds with drawers, can give you more places to store things without adding clutter to your space. Plus, they look cute!
Baskets and bins–in closets, drawers, cabinets, and even out in the open—give everything a place and maximize usable storage space. There are tons of different sizes to fit your items, and different style options to go with your chosen décor.
On that note, when you give everything a space, label it! When you don’t have to go through tons of different bins and baskets looking for a specific item, things stay organized for longer. It also makes putting things away when tidying up much easier.
We recommend shopping local whenever possible, but if you’re searching for inexpensive baskets, bins, and totes to help you get organized, Target is a great place to start.
Make it Yours
Don’t be afraid to be different. At the end of the day, your apartment is your own luxurious oasis and a place to express yourself and your eye for design.
Schedule Your Tour of Rivers Ledge
If you’re ready to create your perfect home in Niskayuna, contact us to schedule a tour of Rivers Ledge Apartments!
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