Think of your apartment as a blank slate for expressing who you are. Photo of one-bedroom apartment at Sentral Union Station by James Baigrie.

The Flex Life: How to Give Your Apartment a Personality Makeover

By Heather Mikesell
What message is your apartment sending? Is it a reflection of you and your individual style? If not, you may want to consider adding some personal touches to make it feel more inviting to potential homestay guests. One easy way to differentiate your apartment from others is by choosing a design theme based on your personality. For example, are you a minimalist who detests clutter or a free spirit who prefers a boho-chic aesthetic? Here, we show you how to transform your apartment into a space that speaks to your true nature. 
Minimalists live by the credo “less is more.” Photo of Sentral Union Station by James Baigrie.


In today’s overstimulated society, some people embrace minimalism because it helps them feel less stressed and distracted and more at ease. While it’s not for everyone, the style does offer real psychological benefits to those feeling overwhelmed. Minimalism is all about paring down what you have to the true essentials — based on the credo “Less is more.” That doesn’t have to be boring or uninspired, though. In fact, when done right, a minimalist space should impart a sense of calm. To create the look, play around with various neutral colors or shades of white until you find one you like that best fits the space. Then, pair it with light gray or another neutral tone. Invest in multipurpose pieces, such as nesting tables, and items that can double as storage. Remember that everything should have a function. Because you’re limiting what you bring into your space, make sure that what you include is well made and something you truly love.  
Urban Modernists prefer a look that’s sleek and put-together. Photo of Sentral Union Station by James Baigrie.


When you want your apartment to have that “grownup” look, the urban-modernist style immediately comes to mind. It’s sleek, stylish, and totally put together. Think cosmopolitan and contemporary. While there may be an element of industrialism, you’ll want to layer in soft furnishings to offset the more urban vibe. To achieve this look, consider adding a statement piece to each room, such as a piece of art, an eye-catching furniture piece, or a conversation-worthy lighting fixture. Incorporate metallic accent pieces, such as mirrors, vases, or picture frames, to add a sense of luxury.
Blue tones help create a masculine sensibility in an updated bachelor pad. Photo of Sentral Union Station by James Baigrie.


While the idea of a bachelor pad may conjure up images of a furniture showroom for those who can’t be bothered, creating a bachelor-style design is actually an opportunity to decorate without compromise. There are, of course, the must-haves: a wall-mounted large-screen TV, a functional and fashion-forward wall unit, and a comfy (but still stylish) couch. One of the easiest ways to incorporate a sophisticated bachelor vibe is to add a fully stocked bar cart. And don’t be afraid to mix in some vintage pieces to add some personality. Blues and grays, which are particularly on trend these days, help set the stage with a masculine sensibility. 
Bohemian style is all about playing with patterns and textures. Photo of Sentral Union Station by James Baigrie.


For more whimsical tastes, the bohemian look is a chance to break all the rules. This eclectic style knows no bounds, which is what makes it so appealing. Nothing says laid-back living better. To achieve this fresh and carefree look, keep furnishings low to the ground, add some plush pillows, experiment with different patterns and textures, and incorporate some thrift store gems. Unlike minimalism, bohemian style is all about layering. Don’t hesitate to add some firefly lights over your bed, a pretty pouf, or a crocheted wall hanging.   

Whether you live in an unfurnished apartment that you style yourself, or choose a designer-furnished apartment that already feels like home, Sentral’s homesharing service helps you monetize your well-designed space. That lets you earn money while you’re on the road and provides the financial freedom to do your own thing. And Sentral helps manage the entire process.