Are you looking for stylish apartment decorating ideas that give you a chance to express yourself without permanently altering the space? Most apartments come with their own set of decorating challenges. Small rooms, very little storage, boring or outdated fixtures, and little to no character are some of the most common challenges. It can seem like an almost impossible task to make them feel like your personal space and a place you want to call home. It can be even more so when you have a landlord or lease that limits your options. In previous posts, I’ve shared landlord-friendly apartment decorating ideas and tips on how to add color when you can’t paint the walls. Today, I have seven more apartment decorating ideas for you that will help you turn your rental apartment (or any place you live) into your own cozy haven.
Apartment Decorating Ideas
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1 If your apartment lacks a defined entryway, create one. You don’t need a lot of space. A blank wall will do nicely. Add a small shelf (easy to remove when you leave) and a cute mirror, then top it off with some accessories. Voila! You have a stylish entryway.
2 You can find ways to make an apartment your own without making permanent changes. If you have an unattractive pedestal sink that exposes the equally unattractive plumbing, hide it all with a skirt. Attach the skirt using adhesive-backed hook-and-loop tape. Use the space below to keep storage containers and baskets out of sight.
3 A wall of drapery adds elegance to a room. And it’s not permanent. Hang several sets of drapes behind your bed to give it style and add a touch of luxury. It’s also a great way to balance out a wall with an oddly placed or sized window.
4 Purses, shoes, jewelry, etc. are often works of art. So why not display them out in the open? If your apartment has very little storage, this will free some up for other things while providing you with decorative accessories for your room.
5 Sometimes you have to think out of the box when it comes to arranging furniture in a rental. Many apartments consist of one long narrow room. To make the most of this type of floorplan, break up the space into zones. Try floating the sofa in the middle of the room and putting the TV on the wall facing it. Behind the sofa you can place a console table or buffet and use that side of the room for an office or dining room.
6 To maximize the footprint in a small apartment, take advantage of the vertical space. Mount the TV on the wall and place a storage console below it. (If you aren’t allowed to put it on the wall, use a TV stand and set it on the console.) This will anchor the TV and can be used as serving surface when entertaining. Then, flank the TV with additional vertical storage pieces or display cabinets. Finish it off by adding decorative accessories and baskets for more storage.
7 Many apartments have small kitchens that offer very little counter space. To gain more, turn your electric stove top into counter space when you’re not using it by covering it with a wooden stove top cover called a noodle board. It expands the work area in a small kitchen. Just make sure you don’t turn on the stove while the topper is in place. You can find them on Etsy or make your own by searching “DIY noodle board” on Pinterest.
Just because you’re limited to what you’re allowed to do, doesn’t mean you can’t make the place your own. These simple apartment decorating ideas will help you to turn your rental into a comfortable and stylish home that reflects your unique personality.
For even more helpful apartment decorating ideas, check out these posts:
- 10 Chic & Easy Apartment Decorating Ideas
- 7 Common First Apartment Decorating Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)
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