How To: Decorate your First Tiny Apartment


Moving into your first apartment is such an exciting and fun time! Although usually your space is very limited, you still want to make it feel like a home - after all, this is where you will be spending every morning and night. The most important thing you can do is KEEP IT SIMPLE! Read on for our best advice to do just that!

1. Declutter

Keep only what you actually wear and use! Those pairs of shoes you haven’t worn in years? Gone! The little knick knacks you save in drawers for no reason? No way! Clutter is stressful. Remember, you have minimal space, so taking the necessities is what matters and will keep you more organized. You’ll be thankful later.


2. Scale Correctly

To make your apartment feel as spacious as possible, it is important to ensure that your furniture and decor is scaled correctly to the size of the room. If your couch is too big it will throw off everything else and take up more room than necessary!


3. Wall Decor

Many places you cannot paint, but if you’re looking for a touch of color or a fun design, check out my latest discovery Tempaper! This temporary wallpaper is like a giant sticker that simply peels on and off your walls, and it comes in tons of colors and patterns. It makes an excellent focal point behind your bed.


4. Floating Shelves

Shelves are necessary in any room due to their versatile functionality. Not only do they function as decor, but also can serve as a statement storage piece. Floating shelves don’t take up any additional counter or floor space!


5. Lighting

Rather than taking up table space with a lamp, hang lights or add wall sconces. Lighting also plays a role in color scheme. Spaces seem more open and roomy when light colors are used. Think neutral rugs and accessories.


6. Think Vertical

Save space by using tall furniture. For example, rather than a typical nightstand, a tall shelving unit functions as the perfect replacement. This also applies to storage pieces. You will get more use out it because you are taking up wall space rather than floor space.


7. Add Ambiance

Final touches of ambiance are what make the place feel like your humble abode. Use candles, greenery, and layered blankets to add coziness and add mirrors to open up the room.


8. Multi-functional Storage

Use baskets to store things under your bed, hang shoes or belts from the back of your door, and if you don’t have a closet, use a rack! You can even buy furniture that is multi-functional, such as in the picture below. It’s all about making the most of every inch.



Ryleigh Taylor/Writer