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5 Tips on Decorating Your First Apartment

5 Tips on Decorating Your First Apartment

Striking out on your own is an exciting time. Renting your first apartment is a sign of independence. It’s a time to learn how to make your own decisions, both financial and decorating included. It’s a place where you can truly discover your own style, but don’t forget to keep an eye on the bottom line. Being creative with your new space doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are 5 tips on how to decorate your first apartment.

1. Don’t Neglect the Windows
I bet you’re wondering why this is number one. After all, apartments tend to come with blinds or shades, so you’re done, right? Wrong. Nothing says “I’m new to this whole living on my own thing” quite like a naked window. Take time to get curtains and window dressings. Something simple that adds color or a pattern to the space will go a long way towards making your apartment cozy.

2. Plant Life
Bringing in a few strategic plants is not only inexpensive, but they don’t go out of style. Even if all you have is some furniture and a plant, your space will look more polished. Focus on low maintenance plants, and if you have pets, be sure to check on the toxicity.

Invest in Multi-Use Furniture
Pieces that are multi-functional can be your best friend when you’re on a tight budget or living in a small space. A daybed can turn your living room into a guest room while still serving as a sofa. An ottoman can serve as a place for your feet, storage, and extra seating. A bar stool with no back can be a plant stand and seating. Shop around and be creative!

4. Use Neutral Colors
Chances are your first apartment will be tight on space. It’s a great idea to use neutral colors on walls, floors, ceilings and furniture fabric. A palette of off-whites or beiges will expand the space by appearing to push back the walls.  Soft hues reflect light and will add dimension to your space. Add pops of color with throws or rugs, but stick to a neutral color for furniture and paint.

5. Round Dining Room Table
Small round tables aren't just for breakfast nooks or eat-in kitchens. Look past the giant dining table and give yourself some extra space by opting for a small, round dining table instead. That table can also be used for game nights, a prep area for the kitchen, and a work space. You’ll learn to love that small round table.


Your first apartment does not to be bland and devoid of style just because of small space and a budget. Keep things simple, multi-functional, and stylish, and your new place will feel like home in no time.