There are a lot of perks to living in an apartment: no maintenance, less space to keep clean, and usually a host of convenient amenities. However, living in a small space can pose some decorating challenges. If you are renting, lease agreements have also been known to limit one’s options in terms of painting and making any permanent changes, like modifying the floors, switching out or refacing the cabinets, etc. Apartment decorating can feel like an impossible task that makes personalizing your space more of a headache than an enjoyable experience.
If you think you can’t have a stylish and customized space because you live in an apartment, then I’m here to bust that myth right now. Even with the tightest rental restrictions and most limited square footage, you can create a space that is functional, chic, and an expression of who you are. Any space can be made to feel like a home.
And it’s a lot easier than you may think.
Here are 10 apartment decorating ideas that are simple, affordable, and 100% landlord friendly.
APARTMENT DECORATING IDEAS
1 Moving furniture up apartment stairs can be tricky (or just a plain pain in the butt). Make it easier by using lightweight pieces, such as garden stools. They work well as coffee, end or side tables. Plus, they come in a variety of colors that can liven up a room. You can even customize them yourself with a paint color of your choice.
Classic Garden Seat, Ballard Designs
2 A relatively easy change that can add tons of style to a room is changing out the hanging light fixtures. Apartments often come with plain lighting. Switching the dining room or bedroom light out with a chandelier that shouts your name will really personalize the space and add your stamp to it. When you move out, you can easily switch them back to the original fixtures.
3 Nothing brings color and personality to a room quicker and easier than adding toss pillows. There is no end to the styles, sizes, colors, and designs you can find. They’re also super simple to make; some don’t even require any sewing. Apartment Therapy has a bunch of inspiring ‘no sew pillow’ tutorials.
Kiki Frog Knot Pillow, Ballard Designs
4 If space is limited, let a daybed do double duty. By day, it’s a cozy couch and at night, it becomes a comfortable bed for guests. Lots of pillows ensure that you have plenty of back support during the day on which to kick back and watch TV.
5 In keeping with the idea of double-duty furniture, bookcases are one of the most versatile. They can be used in any room of the house. They even work great in studio apartments as room dividers to provide some extra privacy while also creating more storage. By adding baskets, bins, and the like, you can use each shelf for optimum storage.
6 Baskets are an attractive way to increase your storage. Place them in small corners or behind furniture for easy access. They are also handy for quick clean-up if guests arrive unexpectedly.
Fringed Braided Basket, Ballard Designs
7 Hang floating shelves to display your favorite artwork and decorative objects. For visual interest, stagger the shelves. Using shelves for display makes it easy to change out your artwork without having to make more holes in the walls.
8 If you don’t want to opt for shelves but still need to fill those walls, try this inexpensive idea: Frame some of your favorite pictures or postcards with large mats and hang in a grid pattern using the same size frames. It gives several small photos the feel of one large piece of art. To change up the look, it’s easy to switch out your photos for new ones.
9 Want an instant update? Change out the knobs on kitchen and bathroom cabinets. This adds a lot of impact for very little effort. When you move out, just change them all back.
10 While you’re at it, change out the switchplates, too. It’s another easy way to add character that is easy to do and to undo.
Floria Switchplate, Anthropologie
Just because you’re decorating a small space or rental apartment with restrictions doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Looking for even more landlord friendly apartment decorating ideas? I have more for you here.
Which of these tips are you going to try?
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