Apartment decorating ideas are really pretty straightforward. When you are living in small spaces, every inch counts! Whether you are trying to live a frugal lifestyle or not, you can decorate your apartment to be the envy of all your friends! It is all about understanding the art of decorating small spaces.
Studio apartment decorating can sometimes be a little more challenging because of the open floor plan concept. However, keeping with the basic apartment decorating ideas, and interior decorating principles below, will help you create a fabulous living space.
Apartment decorating ideas are easy when you follow some simple interior decorating rules of decorating in small spaces.
Your living room is the largest room to decorate. Most of the time, you don’t have to put a lot of thought into where to place your furniture due to windows, doorways, and cable outlets.
In most cases, a couch, loveseat, and chair is about all the furniture you can fit into the living room. Don’t overcrowd your room with too much furniture. And always take into consideration room for your coffee table, and a side table or two. You want a place for a lamp, and also a place for your drinks when entertaining.
Because the only window in this apartment living room was a sliding glass door, I decided on one long drapery panel. The key to choosing the best window treatment idea, is taking into consideration space and function. The long vertical blinds filled the “function” aspect.
Look into ready made drapery panels for your living room. Target carries a great line of designer draperies. Curtains just soften a room and make it comfortable and cozy!
A large wall mirror reflects light, and gives the illusion of a larger room. I always like to place the mirror across from a window if possible.
When adding your accessories, don’t be afraid to choose large wall decor.
Flea Market Finds
When you are decorating on a budget, a great place to look is the flea market! I absolutely love flea market finds! I discover some of the most wonderful furniture pieces and unique accessories at the flea market!
Isn’t this a really cool piece? When I find a piece of furniture with chipped paint, I will give it a coat or two of polyurethane sealer to keep it from chipping even more. It also makes it easier to clean.
Don’t be afraid to add larger pieces to a small room. Just don’t over clutter the room with too many pieces of furniture.
This little table was $5 from a garage sale. I painted it black, then added fabric, trim, and upholstery tacks to the top.
Learn to shop garage sales, flea markets, and junk stores. You never know what you will find!
Kitchen Decorating Ideas
Apartments have small kitchens without a lot of counter space. Don’t clutter your counter tops with too many accessories and appliances. Keep things neat and tidy.
If your only light is an overhead light, add a mini lamp in your kitchen. Mini lamps usually use a 25-40 watt bulb, which puts out a beautiful soft glow. This is a great look, especially if you don’t have under counter lighting.
For your kitchen table add a simple grass cloth table runner, and place a wire bowl with natural filler inside. I purchased all of these items from Target. I love that store!
Master Bedroom Decorating Ideas
This is an apartment bedroom I decorated for a client. I purchased the bedding for $99 from T.J. Maxx. The fluffy pillow was another T.J. Maxx find, as well as the bedside table.
Bedding sets are expensive! But, I really love a bed that isn’t a perfect matching set! Shop discount stores like T.J. Maxx and pull together your own bed set using different patterns and textures. Just stay within the same color scheme and it will look great!
I really like the simplicity of this room. Don’t be afraid to mix and match styles and colors. When decorating a small space, add texture and interest. The seashell lamp adds shiny glamor to the small area.
Remember, apartment decorating ideas are about design and incorporating your own personality. Choose things that make you happy!
Lighting is so important. I am not a fan of any overhead lighting. Use more than one lamp in your master bedroom. Or you could opt for a table lamp by your bed, and a floor lamp in the corner of your room. Use a 40 watt bulb in the floor lamp to give off a softer glow.
Purchase long ready-made drapery panels. Curtains make all the difference in any room. I purchased these light-blocking drapery panels from Half-Priced Drapes.com, on sale for $70 for the pair!
Curtain Hanging Tip: Hang your curtains as high above your window as possible. This will give the illusion of height to your room. The curtains in the photo above are hung 6″ above the actual window frame!
The Best Bargain!
I searched high and low for a great price on an upholstered headboard. Guess where I found this one? On-line from Wal-Mart! I gave it 5 stars! And my client gave it 10 stars for the quality and the price! Click the link below to order yours today!
Small space? Pick a small chair! Found this one at T.J. Maxx! Another great find!
Every girl loves pink, so I made this pink zebra print pillow!
Lighting – An Extremely Important Decorating Element
Lighting creates mood. If you only have overhead lighting in a room, it doesn’t create a calming or relaxing feeling. Add a lamp to your room, and use a 40 watt bulb. It will make a world of difference!
This is a chandelier I hung in my client’s apartment bedroom. I found it at Hobby Lobby for $30! LOVE IT!
Bathroom Decorating Ideas
Bathrooms tend to be one of the easiest room to become messy and cluttered quickly! Eliminate any extra products you really don’t need or use. Find unique containers like the glass jar above and fill with soap. Find wire baskets to hold extra towels.
Find a narrow basket to place on the back of the toilet, and fill it with bathroom accessories for added elegance.
Use matching colored towels. A bathroom with several different mismatching colored towels looks sloppy. Again, keep your counter tops uncluttered. This rule doesn’t just apply to apartment decorating ideas.
One of my favorite storage ideas is using baskets. I use a basket under my sink that holds my flat iron, brush, hair spray, and hair clips. It’s perfect and easy to throw in there and shut the door!
I also use plastic, divided storage containers in my drawers to help organize my makeup.
Never underestimate the power of unique containers when decorating your bathroom.
Remember: Clutter Equals Chaos
The difficult thing about decorating in small spaces, is decorating around clutter. You really have to be disciplined about keeping your clutter in control. I’ve always said that’s why they invented closets and baskets!
You really don’t have to spend a lot of money to have great apartment decorating ideas. Incorporate your own creativity and personality in your space! Good luck, and happy decorating!