Apartments Style Guide: Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Space

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Updated August 13, 2019
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The smallest change can make the biggest impact when it comes to styling your apartment. With limitations when it comes to renovating, painting, and installations – there are dozens of non-invasive ways to spruce up your space and give it your unique style. 

Whether you want comfy & cozy, boho-chic, or minimalist, these simple design tricks will give your apartment a style straight from a magazine. 

Move Furniture Inwards

If space allows, moving furniture inwards, away from the walls can give added dimension in the room, and make sitting areas more intimate. Putting a bookshelf behind your sofa can add a very sophisticated element to the room, while not having to make extra wall space for a bookshelf and sofa. 

Accent With Bold Colors

Monochrome rooms can be very nice, calm, but lack a certain wow factor. Throwing some bright, royal blue pillows on your couch, or a bright orange accent chair can draw the eye to those pieces, and bring the entire space together. A good design has contrast and contrasting neutrals with bold colors can spark life and mood into your space. 

Combine Old & New Pieces

Everyone should own at least one vintage piece. Vintage tables or picture frames are great relics that span across different styles and are a timeless investment that can easily integrate into any home. Buying a new accent chair has nothing on the history and wear of vintage furniture. You can find pieces in great condition at thrift and consignment stores, vintage shops and estate sales across the cities. 

Peel & Stick Wallpaper

Wallpaper is BACK! After years of everyone removing wallpaper and borders from the walls, now we want it back. But it’s not being used like it once was. You can apply wallpaper to a single wall in the room to create an accent wall, giving dimension and style without papering the entire room. Bathroom wallpaper is a big trend right now, and with peel & stick, reusable wallpaper, it’s easier than ever! And it’s rental safe. Check it out here

Gallery Wall or Picture Ledge

For an eclectic look, a gallery wall can be an amazing way to incorporate new and old art, plus shelving and a mix of decor in one place. Gallery walls are an amazing way to express your individual style, and create a talking point in your home. It can draw people in, and with a cool mix of vintage and new pieces, people will be wowed by your creativity! 

A picture ledge over the couch or in the hallway is easy to install, and holds a number of pictures, that you can change out whenever you want to, without putting extra holes in the wall! It’s an ingenious way to keep your home fresh and fun depending on your mood or the season.

Open Storage

If you have minimal cabinet or closet storage, you probably hide things in a storage space in the basement, which doesn’t allow for easy access. A way to bring your overflow into your aesthetic is with open storage units or shelving. Use your kitchen cabinets for things like small appliances, or items you don’t need regular access to. On your open storage unit, put your best dishes and glassware, cookbooks, serving trays or platters. You can style it into a cool display, that is also super functional! 

Wall Tapestry

The opposite of a gallery wall is having just one piece. Oversized art can be expensive, and also very heavy to hang. Wall tapestries are a great work around for this. You can hang a wall tapestry easily by just two hooks, and take up most of your wall. It’s very boho-chic and gives the room a relaxed, unpolished feel – perfect for chillin’ on the couch. 

Area Rugs and Runners

Area rugs can be the very centerpiece of the room. They can create the entire mood and aesthetic of the room. They bring furniture together, make the room cozy, and can even give the effect of a bigger space. Large, light colored rugs can run the length of the floor, and if a beige rug doesn’t fit your style, put a smaller area rug of faux cow hide to give it a little boost in cool-factor. 

Clear Furniture

Clear furniture is very retro and is trending upwards in recent years. A clear plastic or glass coffee table, dining set, or end table can help eliminate shrinking your room with dark, heavy furniture. They are functional, easy to clean, and go with EVERYTHING. Just don’t bump those pinky toes on the hard-to-see corners!  

Plants, Plants, Plants

You don’t need to have a green thumb to have a plant palace in your apartment. There are numerous plants MEANT for indoors and low-light. To name a few: snake plant, spider plant, peperomia, aloe, english ivy, rubber plants, ponytail palms, and a personal favorite the Schefflera money tree. All these plants, with partial sunlight by a window, and regular watering can THRIVE in your home. Including plants in your home can literally breathe life into the space by cleansing the air of toxins, and producing more oxygen. Find apartment-friendly plants at IKEA, Amazon.com, and thesill.com. 

Whatever your style may be, make your apartment a home with these design tips. They are low commitment but have high impact on your lifestyle and everyday life.

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