Simple ways to decorate your kitchen — and make it feel like your own

When you move into an apartment, even when the floor plan is just right, and the space feels good, there’s always a little something it takes to make it feel yours, even after your stuff has been moved into place. Even the kitchen, with the most pre-installed bells and whistles, can need a little extra step to truly feel like it’s your home. Here are a few tips that will help you personalize.

A little custom artwork. There’s a million little things you can hang up in your kitchen — pinterest is full of free printables tailored to every sentiment and sense of humor under the sun, and all you need is a frame. (Isn’t the digital age something special?) Or if you really feel crafty, you can go with the DIY version to make your kitchen a true reflection of yourself. You can also try out an accent wall for the more advanced project. On the other hand, if you’ve got an open kitchen floor plan or one without much wall space, you might want to consider…

A nice vase. There’s no reason you can’t use a dining room centerpiece in your kitchen. You can pick anything from the $2 Ikea to the $100 Pottery Barn options to match your taste and style. And if you don’t find anything that matches you precisely, DIY can come to your rescue again.

A weekly menu. Whether it’s a reminder to yourself or your family, a weekly menu can help you plan, prepare and hopefully get excited for what’s to come later this week. And next to that, you’ll probably want to hang…

A grocery list. It’s probably not the most fun thing you’ll put up in the kitchen, but can you think of anything more home-y than a reminder to buy milk and eggs? Of course to hang that on the fridge, you’ll want some…

Custom or DIY fridge magnets. These can be inexpensive little pieces of pizzazz that tie the whole room together. And these days, you can make them out of just about anything.

Hopefully, these tips have helped get you inspired to not just make your kitchen organized, or clean, or useful, but really feel like it’s yours, and a part of your home. Good luck!