Everyone wants to have a dream apartment. A place they can’t wait to come home to every day. It’d be nice to marvel at your work and love every single decoration inside.
Even if you’re not yet to that point — it doesn’t mean you can’t get there!
Creating the apartment of your dreams doesn’t happen overnight. It takes trial and error and time to learn tricks of the trade.
So, if you’re feeling discouraged because your apartment layout and decor isn’t to your liking, don’t give up.
The more tools you have in your tool belt, the more everything will flow and come together! (Not to mention, literal tools always make assembling things easier!)
Check out nine decorating secrets that’ll help you create a dazzling apartment.
1. Map Out Your Walls
If you’re not sure about the layout of your wall decorations, map out how it will look.
First, think about the decorations you have and what you see going on the wall. After you have the decorations in mind, trace them with cardboard or paper.
After you have your temporary placement holders, it’s time to work some magic!
Arrange the cut-outs and attach them using a tape that won’t damage the walls, such as washi tape.
Play around with the layout and see what you like the most.
This little known trick is fantastic to do before committing to hanging up the actual decor.
When you get around to hanging things on the wall, you won’t have to worry about not liking the arrangement!
2. Don’t Overcrowd Bookshelves
Displaying books and decor on a bookshelf is a fun project.
But, it’s up to you to come up with a classy looking display that’s not overly crowded.
To keep things simplified, select decor in the same color or theme and display them in odd numbers.
You don’t have to stick to a standard bookshelf where your books all go in one direction. Instead, show off some of your favorites in horizontal and vertical stacks.
For added interest, consider placing a few plants on your bookshelf. Succulents look beautiful and are the perfect sized plants to have on a bookshelf.
3. Use Stick-On Wallpaper
If the walls in your apartment are white, you may be itching to incorporate some color.
But your apartment complex may not allow you to paint the walls. Or, if they do, the damage may come out of your security deposit later.
Don’t worry — there’s a solution! Buy some patterned stick-on wallpaper to add a burst of color in your bathroom or bedroom.
No one will know that you didn’t paint your walls unless you tell them.
Having a removable stick-on wallpaper gives you the option to swap it out for another color if you get bored.
And when it’s time to move out, it’ll be easy to remove the wallpaper without losing part of your security deposit.
4. Pay Attention to the Details
A clean and simple space is excellent. If you’re keeping things minimalistic — focus on the details.
One example of a decorative detail to focus on is hanging up an art print with an ornate frame.
Another idea is to have a botanical print set framed and put on a floating shelf or bookcase. Guests will love marveling at the beautiful details on the botanical flowers.
Do you like pendant wall art?
If you do, then get pendant wall art with different textures and designs will really make an interior pop.
Focusing on the details can make all the difference in an apartment with minimal decor.
5. Spread Around Color
It’s up to you if you want to incorporate the same colors throughout your apartment.
But, it’s best to spread around color to make things flow better.
If you don’t space out decorations in the same color, things can look misplaced. And your apartment can end up looking cluttered instead of classy.
6. Be Brave and DIY
Think of different projects you can DIY to have fun and create works of art in your apartment.
You don’t have to get a bunch of new pieces of furniture when you can refurbish them. Instead of getting new furniture and decor, do your research and try your hand at doing it yourself.
A few examples of projects you could take on are painting a dresser or upholstering a sofa. (We talk more about upholstered furniture in a bit.)
Be creative, and you’ll love seeing the outcome of your hard-but-fun work!
7. Add a Statement Coffee Table
A coffee table can ground your living room, which is why you should have one that stands out.
An oval marble or a lift-top coffee table are two examples that will work well as a focal point.
Allow the coffee table to steal the show as you watch a favorite movie in your stylish living room area!
8. Focus on Natural Light
Instead of having dark blinds in the living room and bedroom, allow natural light to shine through.
If you’re concerned about not being able to sleep, get some blackout blinds. Or, get some sheer curtains that’ll keep out the right amount of lighting so you can relax and go to bed.
Whatever blinds you decide on, make sure it’s easy for natural light to envelop the space during the day.
9. Have Fun With Upholstery
Upholstered furniture brings a lot of personality to any space.
It also gives you the option of adding in various patterns to make things pop.
If you’re tired of a single color, there are all sorts of patterns to consider. Gingham, damask, floral, and geometrics are just a few options to explore!
Go with patterns that complement existing themes, and everything will start coming together.
Now that you’ve got the scoop on how to go about decorating your apartment, when do you start?
It turns out that decorating is a lot of fun, and by the time you’ve finished, you’ll be a pro!
So try upholstering a chair or work on bringing more light into your interiors.
In no time at all, your apartment will look like you hired a professional decorator!
Amber Smith is the Leasing Manager at Catalyst Houston. With over seven years of experience at luxury apartment communities, this Houston native has true pride in her city and understands why Catalyst is the perfect place to call home.