Styling Tips to Use In Your Living Room

It’s certainly an exciting time to move into a new luxury apartment at Arcadia Run! We can’t wait to meet our newest residents in 2015.  And, moving into a brand new apartment also means a blank canvas to decorate your new digs!  So, here are a few of our favorite style tips to use when furnishing your new living room:

1. Pick a Theme

  • A cohesive theme is the first thing to determine before furnishing your new living room in your Arcadia Run apartment. Whether you choose nautical, whimsical, or anything else imaginable, make sure everything you buy for this space falls into your chosen category.

3. Avoid the Overly Trendy

  • While essentially every style is a trend in some way or another, some trends have more staying power than others.  Stay away from overly trendy pieces, as they will likely go out of style sooner rather than later.


2. White on White

  • Speaking of trends, want an en vogue look without investing too much? Opt for white-on-white décor in your living room instead. This crisp look is trendy without limiting you to white-on-white forever.  Down the road, white furniture and decorations can be seamlessly incorporated into other themes.


4. Metallic Accents

  • For a fresh take on a little glamour, add small metallic accents to your living room. These could be in the form of a gold picture frame, silver bookends, or even a bronze accented coffee table.  Whatever you choose, be careful not to overdo it as too many metallic finishes can make a room feel cluttered.


5. Stylish Organization

  • Chances are, you’ll want to include some organizational features in your new living room.  Instead of stacks of items in the corner or unsightly bins, try to find an elegant storage solution.  Stores like Ikea and Crate & Barrel offer plenty of shelving units that are as stylish as they are functional.

6. Nature Inspired

  • Want to have a living room that’s welcoming and refreshing?  A natural themed space may be just the option for you. Choosing natural colors and textures gives you more flexibility when searching for pieces.  And, as long as they stay within the same theme, furnishing your new space will be a breeze.

Half the fun of moving into a new Arcadia Run luxury apartment is making your new space your home.  The other half is enjoying the amenitized community, friendly neighbors, convenient location, and the charming town of Manassas, Virginia!

Check out our latest new apartments for rent and find the one that suits you best!

Source: Real Simple

Cozy Apartment Trends This Winter

When the temperatures drop, it’s a great excuse to cozy up and stay warm inside your new luxury apartment at Arcadia Run.  And we can’t blame you!  With high-quality carpeting, a beautifully designed kitchen perfect for cooking up your favorite seasonal treats, energy efficient windows keeping your space warm, and plenty of room to bring in comfy furniture, a night indoors certainly looks appealing.

This fall and winter, there are several trends with staying power that are so much fun to incorporate in a new apartment home.  Here are a few of our favorites!

False Candles

False candles are the ideal solution for those who want the glowing feel of lit candles, but without the fire risk they present.  With incredibly realistic products available, the difference will barely be noticeable.  Arrange candles of different heights like this for a warm and dreamy atmosphere.

Shag Rug

Yes, you read that correctly, shag is making a comeback!  And we’re sure glad it is, because it can bring a whole new level of warmth-under-foot to any apartment.  Many retailers out there are now selling eye-catching designs at reasonable prices, making this a great option for any resident.  Take a look at this rug we pinned – how cool!

Plenty of Pillows

Don’t be afraid to bring in several pillows to adorn your couch, chairs or bed.  Pillows are not only great for tying home décor themes together, but also for curling up to watch a movie.  Incorporating different designs and colors like this is a popular trend this winter season, and for good reason!

Switch Up Your Bedding

If you’ve slept with lighter bedding all spring and summer long, now’s the time to mix it up.  A big fluffy comforter will keep you warm at night – but might make it impossible to get up in the morning.  With looks similar to this bedding design, how could we not spend all day in bed?


And lastly, many of these apartment winter trends tie into one major theme: layering.  Layering pillows, with blankets, with more pillows is the way to make a new apartment incredibly warm and cozy this season!

Decorating Tips for Your Apartment Living Room

Every room in an Arcadia Run apartment offers the modern features that you’d expect from a newly built apartment – and so much more! The spacious living room spaces in Arcadia Run apartments are particularly impressive – opening up to the beautiful kitchen, the living room is also accessible to the patio or balcony and offers plenty of natural light, making it an excellent spot to entertainment or relax. Switching up the décor of your apartment living area in a fun way to make the most out of this beautiful space and add a unique touch all your own. Read on for some tips to decorate your apartment living room:

·  Painted furniture: If you’re looking for a fun do-it-yourself project, consider painting end tables and other pieces of furniture for your apartment living room. Painted furniture can add a pop of color to a room without having to paint the walls. And it’s easier than you’d think! Check out these tips from HGTV on how to paint furniture.

· Area rugs: Placing a light-colored rug in your apartment living room is a great tactic to brighten up the space, create more depth in the room and add visual interest. And with so many different patterns and colors to choose from, you’re sure to find an area rug that fits your personal style.

· Mirror, mirror: The use of mirrors is a popular tactic to make the most out of a room’s natural light. Arcadia Run apartment living rooms have plenty of natural light coming in from the balcony or patio door, and placing decorative mirrors can not only amplify this natural light, but also provide another avenue for the expression of your personal style!

· Pillows galore: Throw pillows for your couch and chairs are a great way to dress up your living room area. There are plenty of color, texture and pattern options out there for fun throw pillows, so you’re bound to find some that you love. Pillows are a great way to show off your personal style while also livening up a space and tying together the color scheme.

· Lots of lights: Creative lighting is one of the most dramatic ways to transform the appearance of a room. Using both table lamps and floor lamps ensures you have plenty of light, and is yet another opportunity to infuse your personal style in your apartment living room. Consider lamps with more than one setting, so they can be dimmed and create a cozy feel when needed. If you’re feeling adventurous, try using mismatched table lamps that are of varying heights for more of a funky feel.

· Curtains: Hanging curtains in your living area is another way to create a sense of depth and dimension and create visual interest. The door to the balcony or patio in Arcadia Run apartments offer a great space to hang the curtains of your choice!

· Think round shapes: Since apartment living rooms are usually rectangular or box-like in shape, consider using pillows and furniture with rounded and curved shapes and patterns. This adds a fun and exciting dynamic to the room and keeps it from being too monotone.

· Television focal point: For a focus on entertainment, make the TV the focal point of your living space. Hang paneled artwork behind the television to bring attention to the area, and consider skirting the entertainment unit to hid cables.

Whichever new luxury apartment floor plan Arcadia Residents choose, they have a spacious living room area as a blank canvas for their decorating. And with all the other incredible features and amenities available for Arcadia Run residents – not to mention our ideal location in Manassas – a newly decorated living space certainly isn’t the only thing that residents love about Arcadia Run!

SOURCE: Better Homes and Gardens, HGTV

Staying Organized in Your Apartment

While spring-cleaning is meant to be refreshing, relaxing, and ultimately prepare you for the warmer months, the process can leave your apartment in disarray.  And that’s okay!  This is the perfect time to reset and restructure the way you organize your new luxury apartment – or for some, start organizing all together!

Here are a few of our best tips to help you get and stay tidy this spring season:

What Do You Really Need?

It might be difficult, but the first thing you can do to cut back on clutter is to determine what you really need and what’s less-than-critical.  How often do you use that Belgium waffle maker?  Or those slippers you’ve worn once?  Items like these, while tempting, can stack up quickly and take up valuable space in your apartment.

One for One

Getting something new?  Get rid of something old first.  This will keep clutter in check and prevent you from having multiple variations of the same item.  And, it gives you an opportunity to let go of a few items that have been collecting dust.  If you haven’t used it in over a year, it might be time to get rid of it!

Invest in Storage Materials

Why not splurge and buy a few quality storage items?  They’ll last longer and are typically more appealing than their discounted counterparts.  This will allow you to use them without shame in your living room or bathroom, and enjoy them for years to come.  Anything from cubbies to decorative storage bins and boxes are great choices for an apartment.

Designated Spaces

Have a designated space, bowl, shelf or hook for everything you can think of.  A special place to put mail, your keys, or even a basket to put shoes in by the front door will all aid in keeping the clutter to a minimum.  It will also be easy for everyone in the household to adhere to, keeping your new apartment tidy, even with guests.

Daily Maintenance

And of course, no space will stay organized for long without regular upkeep! Utilizing your new organizational techniques on a daily basis will help to keep your entire apartment tidy.  All it takes is a little effort every day to keep your space clean, comfortable and organized!

And there you have it!  Organization in an apartment is made easy with just a few simple techniques.  But best of all, it’s made even easier at Arcadia Run.  Our floor plans expertly utilize space, creating roomy and open apartments – making organization that much simpler!