7 Apartment Decorating Ideas

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Apartment decorating is a fun challenge. Whether you’re moving into your first studio apartment, updating the look of a small living room, or looking to give your bedroom a refresh, you can easily give new life to your space with these simple apartment ideas!

Adding in some new home decor pieces and updating some accents you already have can make a huge difference in the way your home feels when you walk in the door. 

Apartment Decorating Ideas

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1. Mirrors

via For the Home and Sun Woven

A mirror in the right place will make a room feel larger and brighter. If a certain spot has you stumped, a mirror may be the answer you’re looking for. In addition to creating an illusion of space, mirrors may go a long way to hide imperfections. A leaning full-length mirror makes a gorgeous addition to your apartment bedroom or living room.

2. Wall art

via The Anastasia Co and Sarah Sherman Samuel

Look at your walls like a blank canvas. When you first move in, all of the blank space may be intimidating. Fear not, there are so many ways to fill it! This Home Sweet Apartment wall art print is minimal and striking. With small, medium and large sizes available, it can be hung in a frame or placed on a shelf for a pop of personality.

Gallery walls with a mix of art prints and wall accents will make a statement that everyone will notice when they walk into your apartment living room. If you’re looking for simplicity, find an element in a print, or piece of art that you love and make it the common theme in your apartment decorating. (Find this Home Sweet Apartment Print for your wall here!)

3. Rug

via Northwood Supply

No matter what kind of flooring you have – hardwood, tile, or carpet, a rug is an interesting way to add some depth and character to a room. A lightly-colored rug will make a room feel larger. It can also protect your flooring from wear and tear. Be bold with patterns and colors – they’re easy to switch up at any time!

4. Lighting

via Cynthia Harper

Light is one of the most important elements of a room. It’s the factor that creates the ambiance and determines the vibe of your home. Lamps are a great way to make your home feel inviting and warm. These mood-setters come in many styles – you can choose from table lamps, floor lamps, wall lamps (also called sconces), or pendant lights.

5. Coffee table

via A Fabulous Fete and Forest Home Store

A coffee table can be the perfect stage for your favorite books, candles, and plants. A curated coffee table arrangement will show off your style and tie the room together. If you’re looking for something non-traditional, vintage trunks, crates, wood slabs, and tree stumps make excellent alternatives.

6. Throw pillows

via Meg Biram for Hayneedle

Even the plushest of couches can be made more comfortable and cozy with a carefully curated collection of throw pillows in your apartment living room. Mix colors, patterns, textures, even pillows of different shapes and sizes to create a striking display on your couch. If you have a studio apartment, using similar colors and textures in your throw pillows will create a cohesive look and make the space feel unified. I wrote a post on how to arrange pillows on your bed where I share the formula for layering your pillows! Choose your pillows based on accent colors already in your home, or pick accent colors from your pillows first and build around them.

7. Curtains

via Kimber Interiors

Curtains are the finishing touch that will give your apartment a polished look. Not only are they an opportunity to add style and color, they’re also a very practical accent piece. Curtains will enhance privacy, darken the room, and even help to keep the heat in. Like rugs and pillows, curtains bring personality to a small, one room apartment where there may be limits on the wall color. If your apartment has a sliding glass door to the balcony and floor-to-ceiling blinds, you’ll find curtains will instantly make the space feel more homey.

Tackling two or three of these apartment decorating ideas will make your home feel much more cozy!

How do you go about making a space your own? I’d love to hear, so please let me know in the comments.

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