April 18, 2024

Okay bestie — I see you. You’ve got a cute apartment space that needs a bit of love. A bit of fun. A bit of magic. Well, you’ve come to the right place.

I know how tricky it can be to try and decorate when you’re tight on space and at the helm of a landlord. But trust me: you can inject your character into it. Whether you’re looking to add some personality to an apartment living room, kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, I’ve completely got you.

When space is tight, it’s important to decorate in a way that still suits the space and style you want to go for. Thankfully, there’s lots you can do, with even a shoebox of an apartment, condo, or tiny studio. You just need to get a li’l creative.

Want to get your apartment looking amazing? Scroll on down for some seriously beaut inspo.

15 apartment decor ideas to zhuzh up your tiny space

No matter what room in the apartment you want to glow up, I’ve got you. I’ve also rounded up some buys that shoppers love, so you can get decorating ASAP.

The prices below were correct at the time of publishing this article. 

1. Choose a lightweight table

A pink living room with a pink corner sofa and glass table

(Image credit: @vintageshowpony)

With the exception of a ground-floor apartment, moving into a condo (especially if it doesn’t have an elevator) can be a real challenge. So when shopping for furniture, you may wanna factor the weight and shape of your decor into your purchase decision. A modern and lightweight coffee table will ensure that you’re not re-enacting ‘that’ infamous scene from Friends involving Chandler and Ross negotiating a heavy couch up several flights of stairs. Pivot — pivot! 

2. Use storage trolleys

A purple and pink study area with a wooden desk and chair, plus a storage trolley

(Image credit: @homewithhelenandco)

Trust me, storage trolleys are legit life savers when living in a small space. They’re so easy to wheel between different rooms and are seriously versatile too. I have a storage trolley in my kitchen that’s packed with fruit and veg, but they can also be used for drinks, books, and even as a nightstand. Basically, you might just need one for every area in the apartment. 

3. Opt for smaller side tables

A pink wall with pictures, a moon-shaped bar cart, and a lily shaped lamp

(Image credit: @homewithhelenandco)

When you live in a small space, you just don’t have room for big ol’ tables that take up too much space. Instead, look for tables with multiple shelving units, as well as slimline console tables. These will fit so much better, while still providing enough space for important household pieces. BTW, be sure to go for lightweight options, so you can move them single-handedly without straining your back.

4. Find tables and chairs that slot together

A white kitchen island with a rattan chair next to it

(Image credit: @raveinteriordesign)

There are things that are just better together. I’m talking PB and J, mac and cheese… and tables and chairs. If you don’t have the dollar for a matching set, measure up your existing table or chairs, and find a complementary item. By being able to slot your chairs directly under your tables, rather than having them sticking out, you’ll save so much space in your apartment. That square footage is seriously precious, you guys.

5. Zone a studio apartment with DIY divider design

DIY Plant divider idea by Furniture and Choice

(Image credit: Furniture And Choice)

If your studio apartment feels like the kitchen, living room, and bedroom ideas have all melted into one big room, a divider is the answer to all your problems. And the good news is that you’ll only need a clothes rail, some plants, fishing wire, and scissors to make it. Put the clothes rail up, hang up hangers, and then wrap the trailing plants around them. Boom, instant wall. Oh, and the great thing about this is that you can easily take them down when you want to open up the space again. 

6. Choose a runner rug to make an entrance

A colorful room with a runner rug on the floor

(Image credit: @houseofedencourt)

Dressing a small space is all about being smart with what you choose — it’s not what you’ve got, it’s how you decorate it. One easy way to elongate the space is by using a runner rug. This draws the eye across the stretch of the room, moving the focus away from the actual size of it. Genius, right? I love @houseofedencourt’s natural but colorful rug, which adds a touch of texture and texture to her space beautifully.

7. Renting or serial decorator? Opt for sticky solutions

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