If you have an apartment, you also have options to make it uniquely yours. While there are fewer opportunities to change the layout of your space compared to home ownership, apartment living forces you to think creatively and be innovative with the space that you do have.
The best way to keep your personal style front and center is by having a lot of accessories on hand. The right decorations can help make your apartment feel like a home rather than just a temporary stopover or transitional space. Whether it’s something simple like framed photos or a more involved project such as painting an accent wall, these types of adjustments can easily be done without compromising the security deposit—or violating any landlord-tenant laws.
- 1 Paint your front door a bright color.
- 2 Make use of that staircase
- 3 Add unexpected details to your walls
- 4 Paint your floor
- 5 Use a window as a headboard
- 6 Make use of the space under the stairs
- 7 Go for light-color palettes and earthy tones
- 8 Create a kitchenette in the hallway
- 9 Always opt for a statement chair
- 10 Final Words
Paint your front door a bright color.
Paint is one of the easiest ways to add some personality to your apartment while not taking up any extra space. A front door should be painted something bright, fun and inviting, but you don’t want it to clash with the rest of the house or neighborhood. Get inspired by my favorite hues here! You can even paint the hardware too!
- Choose a color that you like: This might seem obvious, but make sure that you actually like the color and have at least seen it in person before you commit to painting your entire door a specific shade. It’s easy to get stuck on an idea or trend and realize later that it doesn’t work for your home.
- Choose a paint made specifically for front doors: Make sure that whatever paint you choose is 100% weatherproof so that it will stand up against all sorts of weather conditions (rain, snow, etc.). You’ll also want something durable enough to last longer than traditional paint since most people don’t repaint their front door every year!
- Have fun with this creative project: Painting your front door is a great way to personalize your home without spending too much money on decorating accessories such as wall art or rugs (which are often more expensive). Plus, if done correctly-you’ll have an awesome statement piece right when people walk into your house or apartment building lobby — where they’re bound to see it everyday!
Make use of that staircase
- Consider turning your staircase into a bookshelf. If you don’t have a lot of wall space for books, this is an easy way to add shelves.
- Show off your art collection. Use the stairs as a floating gallery wall.
- Think about adding plants or flowers. Vases on each step would make for an eye-catching centerpiece that could bring life to an otherwise empty room.
- Make it a place for small trinkets and knickknacks from your travels, friends and family, or pastimes like collecting pins or stickers.”
Add unexpected details to your walls
- Add an awesome photo gallery to your wall.
- Get a unique and modern looking wall clock to liven up your space.
- Add some paintings to your walls that match the rest of your decorations.
- A mirror will give more light and space to a room, as well as make it look great.
- Get a chalkboard for writing down ideas or drawing cool pictures every once in awhile!
- Find a giant letter from somewhere, preferably one that means something special to you and put it up on the wall! It’ll be awesome. You could even use all of the letters in your name for this one if you want (that way, you can spell out words!). A huge letter is also just perfect for when you’re trying to decide what exactly should go on those blank walls of yours. But don’t worry; it’s pretty easy to find letters like these at home decor stores or online, so get creative with them! I especially like using this idea when I’m in college because they make my dorm feel more like me :) If there are too many letters though…it might look too cluttered which isn’t good at all xD So try not too overdo it!
- Another thing that would look really cool is having corkboard lining parts of your walls so then people can just write notes on them whenever they want :). This could also work with pegboards where things hang off little hooks (like keys)! Or maybe even tapestries too! Just remember: anything goes if its fun :)*
Paint your floor
Painting your floor is a cheap, durable way to breathe life into any space. For best results, select a paint that is easy to clean and very durable. Afterwards, follow the instructions on the paint container carefully, starting with applying primer before painting. If you’re still not sure how it’ll turn out, test it on a small area before doing the whole thing!
Before you start painting: Make sure you have enough paint on hand for your project. Also take time to mark off areas of your floor that you don’t want painted—such as edges where baseboards or cabinets meet the floor—using painter’s tape (press it down firmly so there are no gaps). If you make a mistake in these parts, use acetone to remove the extra paint quickly.
To get started: Pour some of your paint into a tall bucket (regular buckets are too short and require more bending while painting), then use a roller brush to apply two coats of paint over each part of your floor. Make sure to let each coat dry completely before applying another one!
Use a window as a headboard
- Consider your window as a headboard in the bedroom. This can create an elegant and cozy space that’s illuminated by sunlight during the day and a glowing moon at night.
- Hang mirrors above your windows for increased natural light and to make your room feel larger.
- Place a bookshelf in front of a window to create a reading nook or library.
- A small side table with a bar cart is all you need to create an intimate window wine bar or coffee bar, depending on your preferences.
- Create a gallery wall featuring pictures of places you’ve traveled and loved ones you adore—anything that speaks to your soul will add warmth to the space and give it life!
Make use of the space under the stairs
Think about making use of the space under the stairs. You could carve out a cozy reading nook for yourself, or store anything from shoes to books. For renters who are also parents, you could turn this area into a den for your kids. If there’s room, you can even add a desk and make it into a home office. You could also designate it as a storage room or add an extra bathroom, especially if there is no other space for one in the apartment layout.
Go for light-color palettes and earthy tones
- Create an atmosphere that’s airy and bright, so people can feel relaxed. Choose light-color palettes and earthy tones to accomplish this.
- Get a sense for what kind of color scheme would work well together—and get inspiration from nature! For example, you could use the sunset as a model for choosing the right color palette for your apartment.
- Use natural materials to create a cozy feeling in your home—things like wood and fiber will help ground your interior design scheme, making it feel more earthy than you thought possible!
Create a kitchenette in the hallway
A kitchenette in your hallway might not be the most conventional idea, but it certainly is one of the most ingenious. When you have limited space and cannot fit a full-fledged kitchen into your apartment, this idea has the potential to drastically alter how you experience life in your home.
Kitchenettes are usually small versions of full kitchens that include all the appliances necessary for cooking without feeling cluttered. So whether you’re looking to equip your kitchenette with a sink, dishwasher, or even an oven, think about what appliances will make your life easier. After deciding which appliances to buy, plan out where they’ll go in order to maximize space efficiency and convenience for yourself.
If your apartment has an open layout, turn a corner of the living room into a breakfast nook with just enough room for two chairs and table. If you want more privacy and tranquility while eating breakfast or sipping coffee in the morning, purchase some light curtains with small patterns on them that can serve as dividers between rooms. You can also add decorative pillows on chairs and paint walls a warm color such as burnt orange or yellow to make it feel homey and inviting to anyone who enters.
Always opt for a statement chair
- Statment chairs should be comfortable. This might seem obvious, but it’s worth repeating. You’ll most likely be sitting in it, so you don’t want to sacrifice your comfort for style. A statement chair can make a great addition to any room, but if you’re like me, then you’ll use it for extended periods of time. It’s important that the statement chair should not only look good, but feel good as well!
- Statement chairs can come in many different forms and colors. One of the best things about statement chairs is that they can be unique even when they are similar to one another: just because two people have a wingback chair as their statement chair doesn’t mean they will look the same! The color and shape of the chair are everything when it comes to finding your perfect fit – so explore all your options before settling on one design or style. If there were no rules governing what makes a “statement” chair, I would say this is my current favorite.
As you can see, there are some great apartment decorating tips that you can use to give yourself a more personalized living space. These are meant to keep things interesting and help your apartment feel like a home, not just a place where you eat meals, sleep and take occasional showers. In short, the more inspiration you get and the more chances you take with your apartment decorating, the better your space will function as your new personal oasis.