How to Decorate Apartments

Moving into your very first apartment is big. So is the to-do list, especially if you’re decorating from scratch — and on a budget. Before doing anything, make sure you change your address with the USPS. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to think about decorating your new apartment. These apartment decorating ideas come with a basic shopping list to get you started. The list focuses on the elements in each room that create the biggest bang for your budget.

When moving into a new apartment, your first task is to choose two spaces you want to prioritize first. The living room and bedroom are likely the two most important spaces in your place. They may also be the two rooms that require the most investment. Regardless of which rooms you want to tackle first, visualize how you’ll be using the room in order to furnish it. Focus on quality over quantity. To get started, take a look at these apartment decorating ideas and see which give you the most inspiration.

Gallery Display

Use floating shelves to show off a collection of decorative objects and mementos in your apartment. Stagger the shelves for a unique look. Basic shelves serve as a strong basis for rotating displays. They will go with almost anything, which means you can change the look of the vignette without making any more holes in your apartment walls.

Statement Piece

You might be stuck with apartment finishes and materials that make your skin crawl, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fabulous furniture. Fill your space with pieces you love and the rest will seem to fade away. In every room, choose a statement furniture piece to become the focal point. With a stunning emerald green sofa or midcentury modern dining table, everyone will forget your tiger-stripe orange oak floors.

Studio Living

Employ a few smart studio apartment ideas to make your all-in-one dwelling seem cozier. Stick with a consistent color palette from kitchen to bedroom. Similarly, repeat finishes and materials to create a cohesive look. Employ rugs to anchor different zones and provide visual boundaries between areas.

Apartment Art

Small apartment decorating ideas on a budget require a little creativity and ingenuity, especially if you want your deposit back. Proving that temporary can be clever, this art display of black-and-white prints is installed with neon pink washi tape. Mixing almost-all-black prints with lighter fare brings depth to the casual arrangement.

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Color Strategist

Neutral walls can be the bane of an apartment-dweller’s existence. But rather than lament, use the sea of beige to your advantage. Layer in luxe-looking elements, such as sumptuous bedding and enviable area rugs (yes, it’s OK to put a rug over carpet), all in similar neutral tones. Then add a strategic punch of color. Stick to a two-color scheme and place the colorful elements so that the eye travels around the room. Here, blue patterned curtains dress the window. The color travels to the bed with throw pillows and passes the baton to the room’s second color, a cheery yellow headboard.