10 Decorating Ideas For Apartment Dwellers

Let's say you're moving into an apartment. When you go take a look at it, it seems terribly generic and without any personality (unless you've got boat loads of money and can afford the fanciest).

How can you take a generic apartment and make it appealing and a place you will love to live in?

1. Living Rooms
Bring in your furniture. Get it arranged. Then accessorize. Your accessories are what defines your personality.

Bring in color. This is perhaps one of the best ways to change the look of your generic apartment. 

The shelf behind the sectional helps with storage.


2. Storage 
Buy furniture that serves more than one purpose. Storage, any way you can get it for your apartment, is usually a life saver.


3. Kitchens
Your kitchen will probably be on the small side. So go vertical and eke out every bit of space that you can.

The pegboard is a great idea. Putting contact paper or removable wallpaper on the fronts of cabinets makes it you. 

Taking off the doors below the sink and putting a cute curtain there gives it a nice cozy look as well.


4. Dining Rooms
Dining rooms, if you're lucky enough to even get one in an apartment, are typically small as well. 

I would get a table with chairs that don't match for personality, first of all. I hate to see those small matchy-match dinette sets.

If you have room for a sideboard, you can either use it for a beverage bar, or a place to arrange food for guests when you entertain.

Did you notice the art on the walls? Fabric-covered canvas. A very cheap way to decorate your walls.


5. Window Treatments
Utilize window treatments to give your apartment some glam. This is where you can go wild with color or texture, etc.


6. Home Offices 
Maybe, like me, you're in a one-bedroom and don't have a designated office. But look around and find a spot for a place to create one. 

Mine is in the dining space. Where I can gaze out the patio doors.


7. Bedrooms
You want this to be a serene and restful place. If you have vertical blinds, you can always take them down and put up some pretty curtains.

Rugs define your space in an apartment. And provide needed texture.

(I still haven't taken down the vertical blinds, but I'm planning on doing it.)


8. Bathrooms
Your bathroom will probably be small and not have a lot of storage space. 

Get a sweet new shower curtain. And if you have those mirrors that are plain and clipped to the wall, you might think about putting some trim around it to give it some pizzazz.

(My next project may be to spray-paint the bathroom counter. Stay tuned...)

9. Patios
If you're on the ground floor and have a patio, decorate that space because it adds to your living space.

Don't let that little piece of real estate go to waste at your apartment! Decorating the outdoors will enhance your space and give an additional place for guests to go.

10. Balconies
And if you're on the second floor or above, here's a sweet little balcony that makes the most of its space. Cozy and cute.


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  1. Super ideas and suggestions for all homes.

  2. So many great tips, Brenda. I love the idea of using your accessories to bring in your personality - I totally agree! Happy Wednesday!

  3. Sure wish I had some of these ideas when I lived in a 750 square foot apartment. I did the best I could to make the place look nice but I never got it just right. So glad that part of my life is over. Thanks

  4. This reminded me of when my daughter had her first apartment, right out of high school. It was small but I had such fun bringing it to life for her.

  5. Great ideas, Brenda. Looking forward to moving into my own cozy little apartment soon. xo Laura

  6. What wonderful ideas Brenda. I just love all the things you have done with your apartment.It is amazing. When Hubby and I lived in an apartment, It was brown paneling /dark and little.They would not let us paint anything or put nails in the wall. It was awful. I hated it.
    I see you do lots to your apartment, So nice they allow you to do this..
    Have a great day.

  7. Love this! Especially the bedroom.. did you see that jute rug? :) I took down our vertical blinds in the living room years ago and hung curtains, the best thing I ever did... It made a huge difference in the look of the room. I even bought the cheap ones from Target, all you see is a sliver when they're open and they're open most of the time anyway. Love the fabric covered art idea too. Love the ideas here even if not for small rooms.. very inspiring.

  8. Love your ideas. Only caution I have is the bathroom counter top. I managed a large complex and the one thing you couldn't do was paint counter tops. Why not try contact paper which comes in many colors and is easy to remove.


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