September 10, 2023 4 min read
Apartment living can be wonderful, whether you're a young go-getter who's just found your independence, or a growing family making memories together. However, there's a certain feel to apartments that just doesn't equal the homey-ness of home. It doesn't even matter if you have a tiny studio or a spacious rental -- without the right decorating, apartments tend to feel stark and impersonal.
If you feel this, we got you! Here are simple decorating tips to make your apartment feel the coziest and homiest it's ever been.
First, let's take a quick look at these common reasons why rental spaces look plain and un-cozy. Being aware of these pain points will help you transform your space when you redecorate!
With these points in mind, let's get you started on your apartment transformation! Read on for our decorating tips.
Balance the room's straight lines and hard angles with some flowy, drapey fabrics. A set of soft curtains would be lovely! Also consider throw blankets on your couch, draped just so.
Bonus tip: Hang those curtains a few inches higher! This creates the illusion of higher ceilings and added luxury.
Blanket pictured above: Personalized "We Should Probably Cuddle" Premium Fleece Blanket
Lucky are you if you can add a bit of wall paneling, wainscoting, or trim to your apartment walls. But if you can't make any real changes to the architecture, try temporary tweaks such as removable wallpaper or peel-and-stick faux moulding. We found the incredible example below from Lindsay at Frills and Drills. Yes, that's fake wainscoting!
Nothing makes a space look cozy like wood can! The color and texture of wood can balance the smooth neutral-colored surfaces of a condo. Plan your decor scheme to incorporate wooden tables, benches, and/or sideboards. For budget-friendly alternatives, try displaying canvas artworks with realistic wood designs (like ours at GearDen!).
Wall art pictured above: "Home Sweet Apartment" Premium Canvas
Apartments and condominiums typically come with white-colored built-in lighting, which tend to give the room a cold, stark atmosphere. Warm up your space by adding ambient lights and accent lights with a more diffused yellowish glow. A soft lampshade here and there can do wonders!
Bonus tip: If you're going lightbulb-shopping, ask specifically for bulbs with 2,700 Kelvins or lower, as they give warmer tones.
Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Couple's Names Joined By Love" Rustic Premium Canvas
Wall art pictured above: "Food, Family, Love" Premium Canvas
When an apartment is filled only with newly bought things, it can feel like a showroom instead of a home. To counter this, display vintage or antique pieces that mean something to you personally. Perhaps some heirloom ceramics passed down in your family, or an aged writing desk you've had since childhood.
Wall art pictured above: Personalized Rustic "Family Name" Premium Canvas
Cushions make cozy! Arrange a set of throw pillows on your couch and on your bed for an instant lounge feel. Visually, pillows also add layers of texture to the room, preventing it from looking bare.
Wall art pictured above: "Soulmates" Premium Panoramic Canvas
Pillow pictured above: Personalized Pillow "Mr. & Mrs." With Name And Year
An indoor plant instantly adds vibrancy and softness to a room. If you're in a low-light rental, don't worry -- you still have greenery options. Plants that don't need a lot of sunlight include snake plant, pothos, ZZ plant, spider plant, and many more!
One of the easiest ways to personalize a rental is to fill it with wall art of your choosing. If your landlord doesn't allow nailing things to the wall, no worries! Read our blog post on the various ways to display your favorite prints without hanging.
Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Where It All Began" Couple's Premium Canvas
Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Mama, We Love You" Premium Canvas
Apartment dwellers often arrange all their couches and tables flush against the wall to save space. But if there's too much space left, this layout can make the room feel flat, almost like a waiting room at the dentist's! How about reconsidering this furniture setup? Play around with layouts where your seats are closer to each other -- not just for style purposes but for a closer vibe when hanging out with guests!
Wall art pictured above: Personalized "Family Name" Color Choice Premium Canvas
Pillows pictured above: Celtic Knots Design Irish Pillow
A rug is a fantastic way to add character to your rental space if you can't do any major makeovers to it. Rugs come in all colors and styles, from richly colored Oriental or Persian rugs, to modern geometric patterns, to texture-oriented wovens and shag rugs. You can definitely find one that makes you feel at home.
Wall art pictured above: Personalized "It's So Good To Be Home" Premium Canvas
We hope these tips help you make a real cozy home out of your apartment! What decorating tips would you add? Share with us in a comment!
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