by Giorgina Devereaux
Apartment decorating ideas give you the
opportunity to transform your new space into one that is warm and inviting.
Although there may be limitations imposed by the landlord as to what types
of changes you may make to your new place, with a creative approach, you can
still achieve a lovely space.
For instance, some landlords do not like the flooring or light fixtures to
This type of investment on your part would not be advantageous since these
types of changes would become permanent.
The idea is to incorporate things
that add flair, but are easily removable, such as area rugs.
Since most apartments are
small spaces, it’s important to utilize every
square inch to its fullest potential and emphasize decor. With the proper
furniture pieces, rugs, and decorative accessories, you can
give the illusion that the space is larger and brighter.
However, with any decorating scenario, there could be challenges, and in
this case, apartment living presents issues, such as insufficient storage
Yet, there are creative storage solutions for even the smallest of
spaces and they will be covered here.
These apartment decorating ideas are
perfect for a single person or a multiple-person household.
With the following apartment decorating ideas, you will give your space an
intimate and comfortable feel. It will be a place where you can come home to
at the end of the day and feel a sense of peace and coziness.
It will be a
space that is multifunctional and that captures the essence of your
Apartment decorating consists of the following:
Bedding is an important part of
Apartment decorating. The right color, design, material,
and coordinating bedding accessories will provide a luxurious feel to your
bedroom equivalent to a five-star hotel.
There are some comforters that are
available in a reversible style. This allows you to alternate between two
colors, which keep the room decor interesting.
There are many bedding themes to consider. Here is a list of some available
Bedding includes the following:
- Coastal Theme
- Geometric Designs
- Leopard Print
- Solid Colors
- Bed skirt
- Bedding Pillows (neckroll pillow, square pillow, boudoir pillow)
- Euro Shams
- Flat Sheet
- Fitted Sheet
- Pillow Cases
Color is a wonderful way to greatly enhance the look of a space
of your apartment decorating. The color
you opt for makes all the difference in the world in terms of how it affects
your mood (for instance, some colors, such as soft green are relaxing while
other colors, like orange lift your spirits because of its cheery effect).
To give the room a more spacious feel, consider lighter colors because it
reflects light, which in turn, gives the feeling that the area is larger. If
you want to give the impression that the room has more height, you can paint
the walls with vertical stripes.
The beauty about color is that it evokes feelings of relaxation, peace,
romance, and gives the space an air of sophistication. You can paint the
whole room in one color or do an accent wall in contrasting colors. Pastel
shades are soothing for the bedrooms and bathrooms while brighter colors,
such as green, yellow, and orange add vibrance to the living room and
kitchen areas. If you do not like pastel shades or bright colors, you may
consider painting the rooms in neutral colors, such as beige or taupe tones.
Decorative accessories are a great way to add your personal style to
your apartment decorating. You may
display your favorite collectibles, personal photographs, sculptures,
finials, and more throughout. Choose accessories that are precious to you.
It can be as simple as a decorative candle holder or a set of faux books
stacked with a finial on top.
Get creative and discover how these simple decorative accessories add so
much beauty. An alluring idea is to include faux flowers set in a decorative
urn. Faux flowers are literally maintenance free and the beauty and color it
adds is amazing. A decorative urn containing a faux floral arrangement
enhances the overall decor of the room because of the blending of the colors
and delicate beauty it projects.
Decorative accessories consist of the following:
- Candle Holders
- Decorative Balls
- Decorative Bowls
- Decorative Boxes
- Decorative Finals
- Decorative Soap Dispenser, Tissue Cover, and Wastebasket
- Decorative Sculptures and Urns
Decorative Switch Plates
- Decorative Trash Bin Cover
- Faux Books/Decorative Book Boxes
- Faux Flowers
- Magazine Rack
- Magnet Board or Decorative Corkboard
- Picture Frames
- Wooden Sculpture with a Word of Inspiration (such as, Believe, Faith,
Inspire, and Love)
A creative way to add color and style to your living room furniture is by
incorporating decorative pillows on your sofa and couch. You may mix and
match different patterns, designs, and colors for that special effect. Some
decorative pillows feature beads, fringe, and petals. They are available in
materials, such as canvas, leather, suede, silk, polyester, and more.
A faux fireplace adds warmth and gives the feel of a cozy and welcoming
environment to your apartment decorating.
There are different designs available, with some featuring a
mantel (perfect for displaying decorative accessories), carved fluted
columns with a crown molding around the top, a curved sleek look with a
carved floral design across the top, or ones with side pillars for that
It also features a realistic flickering flame effect and
adjustable flame brightness control.
By adding a faux fireplace in your apartment, you will enjoy the beauty of
the crackling fire without the hassle of cleaning it. It requires no
professional installation, produces zero emissions or pollutants, and the
glass remains cool to the touch since there’s no combustion.
Furniture to Consider
Furniture that is slender will take up less space. Try to stick with pieces
of furniture that you can use daily. When arranging the furniture for your
apartment decorating, keep the
walkways open throughout the space.
You may wish to consider a sleeper sofa since it serves a dual purpose (a
couch during the day and a bed for guests at night). It is a space saver and
there are very stylish designs available.
Other furniture pieces to consider include:
Bookcases/Shelves (to display books and decorative items)
- Coffee Table
- Day Bed (for the bedroom to be used as a bed at night and a sitting area
during the day)
- Desk Armoire
- End Table
- Kitchen Table (one that has removable leaves)
- Side Board
lighting can make a big difference in creating the perfect
ambience in your space. Subtle lighting in apartment decorating is ideal for relaxation while
stronger lighting is important for reading and other tasks that require
Consider including floor lamps and table lamps into your
Some lamps have several light option settings, which comes in handy
in instances when you need subtle light versus brighter light.
There are a variety of floor and table lamps to choose from in different
styles, such as Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary, Asian, Coastal,
Tropical, Victorian, and more. Lighting is also available in different
finishes, such as black, bronze, brass, brushed steel, rust, and silver.
It’s amazing how incorporating a lovely lamp can add an incredible amount of
charm and beauty to a room. You can even replace a plain lampshade with a
decorative lampshade for more variety.
Rugs are a fantastic way to transform the space and add color
to your apartment decorating. It brings to
mind feelings of warmth and coziness. You can still add area rugs even if
the space is carpeted and this is actually good because it helps protect the
carpet. There is an incredible amount of rugs to choose from in different
styles, colors, patterns, and sizes.
Try to find rugs that fit with the overall decor of the room. You may wish
to consider rugs that are multicolored because this will give you the
opportunity to add accessories and decorative pillows in varying colors.
This way, everything will blend in beautifully.
Storage solutions are a big consideration when living in a smaller space.
There may not be enough closet space or space in the kitchen cupboards to
This is where you need to resort to other avenues of storage. Some
apartment decorating ideas
Add adjustable closet rods under existing rods in the closet for more
- Use clothing boxes for underbed storage. Utilize the space under your bed to
store items that you have nowhere else to store, such as books, shoes,
Christmas decorations, and other household items.
- To conceal these items
from the visible eye, consider using a bedskirt.
- You may purchase a bed with drawers underneath to give you more storage
space for clothes.
- Consider making the headboard into a bookcase.
- Consider adding a low shelving unit as a footboard (this provides storage
space and also functions as a bench).
- Cover a small table with a tablecloth and store items under it or mask
unsightly storage units like a couple of file cabinets with fabric to give
the impression that it’s a table.
- Hang an over-the-door shoe organizer to store shoes.
- If you run out of places to display pictures and prefer to hang them on the
wall, but don’t want to drive nails through the wall, consider using
adhesive hooks. Adhesive hooks are easily removable and leave the wall
- Add a kitchen cart in the kitchen (space permitting) if you don’t have
enough counter space for food preparation. It also provides a place to hang
kitchen towels and store kitchen items. It can also be used for entertaining
to set appetizers and other dishes on it.
Wall decor helps bring a room to life with its colors and images. It’s an
expression of who you are and conveys to family and guests the things you
find inspiring and beautiful. Wall decor can be anything ranging from a
spectacular oil painting of an orchid to a treasured moment captured on
Art is timeless and you can relive those rare moments in time by
having a reminder displayed in your home.
You can mix up your
apartment decorating by including other forms of wall decor, such as clocks and
sculptures. This adds interest and sophistication to the room.
Wall decor consists of:
- Framed Prints
Mirrors (mirrors are wonderful for giving the illusion that a space is
- Oil Paintings
- Wall Grille
- Vinyl Wall Decals (some designs include silhouettes, floral designs, trees,
fairies, polkadots, and Parisian designs)
- Vinyl/Wall Lettering (consisting of a letter, word, or an inspirational
quote, such as, “To accomplish great things we must not only act but also
dream, not only plan but also believe.” - Anatole France)
Window treatments, such as curtains and decorative window hardware add drama
to a room. You can take what appears to be a bland window and transform it
into a work of art simply by adding lovely curtains and decorative window
hardware, such as curtain rods and tiebacks.
A tieback or a tassel adds that
finishing touch to your window. There are tiebacks that feature a flower,
scroll plate, fleur-de-lis, or a bee.
Curtains come in an incredible array of colors, styles, and fabrics.
Curtain styles include:
Curtain fabrics include:
With these ideas, you will customize your space into one that has a lot
of aesthetic appeal and personality. It will give your space a designer,
relaxing, and elegant feel.
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