How to Decorate a 20-Year-Old's Home

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How to Decorate a 20-Year-Old's Home
Make your 20-year-old's apartment a place to gather with friends. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Young adults often acquire their first apartments around the age of 20. They may have moved from home for the first time or decided to leave the communal living of a college dormitory; either way, they are striking out on their own. The average 20-year-old can't afford a large first apartment but will want the space to reflect her taste. If you're decorating an apartment for a 20-year-old, make sure it reflects her personal style.

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    Take note of your 20-year-old's favourite colours. Purchase items in this colour scheme, such as bed spreads, pillow cases, throw rugs, dishes, lamps, couch pillows and other accent items. Young women tend to favour brighter colours, while young men gravitate toward darker colours. Both sexes might appreciate bold patterns.

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    Paint the walls in a favourite colour, if that is allowed by the rental agency or landlord. Otherwise, use colourful wall hangings or prints to cover white walls and create focal points. Hang artwork that reflects your 20-year-old's favourite theme. This could be a favourite sport, author, movie/s or pop-culture icon.

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    Purchase furniture items that serve dual purposes. Young adults are in a state of transition; they have belongings they've taken from home but they are still acquiring books, clothing, artwork and other finds that catch their eye. However, an apartment that can be rented on a 20-year-old's budget may not have the closet space they need to store all their items. Purchase a bed with drawers for storage underneath. If you buy a chaise longue, make sure the foot rest has storage. A cedar chest can double as a storage piece and a coffee table.

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    Create a comfortable space for entertaining. Young adults are known for having impromptu get-togethers and parties. Purchase a pull-out sofa or futon that folds down into a bed for guests who need to sleep over. Decorate the living room with large, comfortable pillows for additional seating.

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    Accessorise with existing possessions. Young adults often have items they've collected that would add finishing touches to the apartment. They might have seashells from their travels that they can arrange on a side table or mantelpiece or pictures of their friends or post cards from various travels that can be formed into collages and displayed.

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