Apartment Design Inspiration for a 2022 Home Makeover

Updated May 7, 2020
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Looking to revamp your apartment this Spring? We’ve got some of our favorite apartment design inspiration for you. From CB2 to IKEA, we have the best #apartmentgoals to give you just the inspiration you need to spruce up your place.

Apartment Design Inspiration for 2022

Living in a small space like an apartment, and in a space where you can’t renovate or demo anything, it’s fun to toy around with different design elements that you can change. It’s amazing what you can do with paint, temporary wallpaper, furniture, rugs, and decor to give your apartment a full makeover.

Temporary Murals and Wallpaper

Local company Murals Your Way creates pre-made and custom murals that can be easily installed and removed from your apartment wall, with no damage done. You can purchase their pre-made murals that come in sizes that are easily cut and customizable to any sized wall in your apartment. You can get landscapes, floral patterns, geometric patterns, and more. Plus, get your own custom prints made for a personal flair in your space!

Feeling anxious about installation? Temporary murals make it easy, and the pre-stick material makes it easy if you mess up a little bit. CB2 talks about easing installation anxieties in their blog about why now is a great time to install wallpaper. Start small, with the backsplash of your kitchen or a shelving inlet before you head to the big dogs, like a bedroom wall.

temporary bedroom mural

Gallery Walls

Building a gallery wall with dozens of pictures, mirrors, and shadow boxes is a great way to utilize the space in your small apartment. Gallery walls can be the focal point to your room and by stacking high to the ceiling can actually give the illusion of a taller ceiling.

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Finding a large enough piece of art to fill a wall can be expensive, and hard to hang without damage to a wall, so finding small inexpensive pieces can work to your advantage. Small family photos, random sized mirrors, and shelves can be a fun way to inject your personality and design into your space. Putting it in your front entry or in the living room can be a great talking piece as well when you have guests or family over.

custom gallery wall

Studio Apartment Room Dividers

Living in a studio apartment and want a way to separate your bedroom? Try hanging a curtain as your room divider! Or using an open shelf as a room divider. IKEA sells curtains up to one hundred and eighteen inches in length, which is perfectly suitable for apartments with standard nine-foot ceilings, as a room divider.

If you want it stationary, or temporary, try using 3M Command Strips to hang your curtain from, and simply tie back the sides if you want it open. Otherwise, if allowed, you can get tracks installed on the ceiling that would allow for the curtain to fully open from one end to the other.

A Focal Point Sofa

There are some gorgeous sofas out there, and your couch can become the focal point of your apartment. Instead of getting a basic beige or grey couch, buy one in a gorgeous accent color like yellow or blue to accentuate the space! With a focal point sofa, you can keep the design really simple, and throw in occasion accent color decor for your gorgeous couch.

The Decoist lists 25 of the best colorful couches for those looking to spice up the look of their living room. We love to see splashes of color, especially in spaces with neutral or white paint colors. It can really liven it up, plus you don’t have to worry about staining as you do with a beige couch.

focal point sofa

Some other great places to venture for apartment design inspiration are Decoist, Apartment Therapy, CB2,Veranda, Pinterest, and Havenly. 

As far as decor, some of the trends we see popping up this year include tapestries, garlands, neon lights, bold colored rugs, and functional furniture. Long are the days of the dorm room futon, or springy pull-out couch. Functional furniture is all the rage in small apartments in lieu of a guest room. Some simply fold the back down into a bed, and from first glance looks nothing like a “pull-out” couch.

How to Design an Apartment

Unless you’re a pro at interior design, chances are you may be overwhelmed with where to start with your apartment design. You want it to look nice and cohesive and showcase who you are and what your style is. That can be really hard depending on the space., but luckily we’re here to help. We’ve come with a few tips from the pros on designing your apartment so that it looks bigger, meshes well with different decor, and makes your small space feel like a full home.

Make Your Space Look Larger

Even if you have a small space, you can give the illusion that it’s much larger by doing a few key things.

Decorate Vertically

Take advantage of the vertical space on your walls. What we mean is to install longer ladder shelving that elongates the space and draws the eye upward, giving the illusion that the room has a lot more space. You can also install large tapestries or large canvas art that showcases the entire wall and makes it look larger. You could also hang some hooks for hanging plants with vines that draw the eye upwards and give your apartment a sort of canopy look.

Keep Furniture Off the Floor

Putting a bulky couch or chair on the floor only makes it look clunky and draws the eye downward. Purchase furniture that has legs that lift the piece off the floor. Or, install wooden legs onto your existing furniture (or even prop up with hidden pallets or cinder blocks). That little lift creates just enough space underneath to make the room feel more opened up—plus, it’s easier to clean the floors.

Buy Clear Furniture

modern clear furniture to make room appear larger

Yes, clear furniture is a thing. Clear plexiglass or glass coffee tables and end tables have become all the rage in newer designed apartments. They allow for a functional space and table to use but remain virtually undetectable in your space, making it seem larger once again. For example, a clear coffee table won’t hide your beautiful area rug or sofa and gives the illusion that the room is just open, but you actually have useful pieces throughout the room. On the other hand, a heavy wooden table can really close up an area.

How to Fully Utilize the Space

A lack of square footage shouldn’t mean a lack of apartment interior design. There are many ways you can fully utilize your space, small or large, using the floor space you do have and making tiny adjustments to utilize every inch of space.

Furniture Room Dividers

If you have a studio or loft-style apartment, dividing the rooms into sections can make it easier to design them. For example, if your living room and dining room are one great room, use your sofa as a room divider, you can section off the dining area on its own. Sofa tables can sit behind your divider sofa to help break it up even more, and add a nice design element to place books or other decor.

Integrate Shelves Wherever You Can

incorporate shelves

If you don’t have a ton of floor space for dressers or tables, utilize the wall space with shelving units for storage and decor. Shelves can come in handy in your bedroom, even to place hats, jewelry, books, electronics, etc.

Use Rugs in Every Space

rugs in every space

Rugs can also help section off your individual spaces into their own “rooms”. Even if your apartment has carpeted floors, a rug can still work and gives your living room a focal point to place your furniture and coffee table. Irregular-shaped rugs like faux skins or fur can also give even the smallest space a cool design element that draws the eye and brings bright features to the space.

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