Decorating your apartment or dorm is key to having a good year. It makes you feel more at home, and your more willing to invite friends over whether its for a study sesh, a binge movie night, or a pre-game. The best thing about decorating your own space is that you can make it a reflection of your personality. Check out these ideas for inspiration for your room!
1. String Lights
These make great apartment decorations, especially if you’re living in a dorm. Dorms usually have some serious lighting problems. They’re usually yellow in tone, and absolutely do not make for a homey vibe. But, with just a strand or two of lights can make everything better. And now there’s so many options in regards to colors and styles that you can order off Amazon, there’s really no reason to not invest in some.
2. Throw Pillows and Blankets
While they don’t seem that essential at first, making your bed the comfiest place in your apartment is the way to go. Adding different sizes and textures for pillows makes them accent your room perfectly, while still incorporating your personality. Blankets also make the perfect accent for your room and living room. Try getting a blanket that’s not your main color for your room to add dimension to your apartment decorations.
While candles aren’t dorm friendly, their fair game in apartments. They make your room smell incredible and make the perfect apartment decoration that fills up empty table space. You can put them on a desk, table, window sill, or pretty much wherever you want. The best part about them is that they can totally set the mood for your living space. If you pick out a few that you like you can totally layer them around your apartment for an all around great smell.
Fall season? bust out your pumpkin scented candles. Spring? anything floral will do. They’re the perfect way to make your apartment look and smell incredible. My all time favorite candles are Bath & Body Works, but for winter time I sometimes will indulge and purchase a Wood Wick candle. Their wicks are made out of wood so you can hear them crackling just like a fire would, and they smell incredible.
Posters are a great way to decorate your apartment space because you can find relatively cheap ones online. There’s a million ways to use them, but some of my favorites is a black and white text or a bold color. I find that using posters in this way can help set apart your other artwork on the wall or just compliment your other decorations.
They’re also great because they fill up so much empty wall space and you don’t even have to put holes in the walls. If you’re living in a dorm this won’t work for you, if your apartment is okay with a few holes try framing your poster for a more up-scale look. They can add a classy edge to your living space and make your posters seem super expensive.
These are one of my favorite things to decorate my apartment with. They come in so many different colors and look perfect hanging above a living room couch or your bed. If for some reason you can’t find a color that you’ve fallen in love with from Urban Outfitters or from Amazon, check out Etsy for a more personalized style. Often times you can pick the thread color you want it made out of to match your color scheme perfectly.
Tapestries are one of the first things I go to when first looking at apartment decorations. They’re big, which is perfect for filling in wall space, and they can perfectly compliment your bedspread or couch depending on where you put it. To avoid making a space look too busy with a tapestry try contrasting it with the surrounding decor.
For example, try using a simple print if your bed spread has a design or going more pattern heavy if your decor is more plain. It helps separate between patterns without making things look too mushed together. Urban Outfitters has really cute ones, but they tend to be more plain and use more neutral colors. Try Society 6 or Red Bubble for more pattern friendly ones. If you have a few that you like, you can even try putting them on the ceiling above your bed for a more boho look.
Mirrors can be a really fun and interesting way to spruce up your apartment decorations. They add a classier look while still being a piece that you can use on a daily basis. Even though they can get pretty pricey I would suggest investing in a nice one.
You never have to worry about them going out of style or not being reusable, and if you ever want to change the frame color they aren’t that hard to paint. If you want to add mirrors to your living room they also have “fake” mirrors that you can stick on the wall. They don’t really function as a good mirror, but they have the same affect.
Rugs function a lot like blankets when it comes to decor. They can totally change how your space looks. Most apartment complex’s around have carpet in the bedrooms so I would suggest not adding a rug on top, but the living room is fair game. If you have a couple of hallways in your place try adding a long rug for a cozier vibe.
They make an area feel less empty and more homey. They’re also a super fun way to incorporate patterns into a plain space, like a neutral colored living room. If you have a couple of roommates or plan on hosting a few pre-games try going with a darker colored rug that won’t show dirt as easily.
Like posters, photos are a great way to take up wall space without costing much money. They also add a more personal feel to your apartment decorations because they’re your memories. Polaroids are a super fun way to create a space that feels like home.
There also a really easy decoration to move around and add to. Keeping some old pictures with high school friends lets you reminisce on the past, but adding new pictures lets you keep up to date with your life. Try hanging them up on a set of string lights to really make them pop, or over a tapestry to add layers to your apartment decorations.
Plants are the perfect way to liven up your personal space. I wasn’t allowed to have plants in my dorm so check with your RA, but apartment complexes could literally care less. If you don’t think you have a very green thumb or will even remember to water a plant, there are plenty of fake plants that’ll do the trick. Succulents are my personal favorite because there super hard to kill and they come in a million different sizes. Fake flowers also make a super
11. Wall Hooks
Most of the decorative hooks require a little bit of assembly into the wall which means that they are unfortunately not dorm friendly.Incorporating wall hooks into your apartment decor can be a super cute way to keep yourself organized. They’re great for hanging your keys and even your headphones up.
Try adding them in your closet to keep your belts and purses organized and clean. Smaller sized hooks can also be a great way to display your necklaces and keep them from getting tangled. Hooks come in a million different designs so you can really make them fun and cohesive to your aesthetic.
The most important thing to keep in mind when picking out apartment decorations is to make it reflect your personality! It should be fun, not stressful. Comment your favorite ways to decorate your space down below, and make sure you share the article!
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My name is Brooke Bryant and I am an Editing, Writing, and Media major at Florida State University. I'm always decorating or re-arranging my room to keep things fresh. I love playing with design and how color schemes work together. One of my favorite things to do in my free time is shopping the latest trends and exploring new places to eat with friends.