Meeting The Challenges Of Decorating An Apartment


One of the biggest challenges of apartment interior design is the fact that most landlords won’t allow you to paint the walls or make any permanent modifications to the space. While these limitations may feel restrictive, there are still plenty of temporary ways to personalize and beautify your space. Here are some easy, apartment-friendly decorating ideas to get you started:

Take Advantage of Textiles

Textiles such as pillows, curtains and throw blankets come in every color of the rainbow. They are the perfect way to add color and visual interest to your space without getting you in trouble with your landlord.

Try hanging brightly colored floor-to-ceiling curtains on your windows to create visual impact. Alternatively, add colorful throw pillows to your couch or drape a patterned throw blanket over the back of an armchair for an eye-catching pop of color.

Invest in Amazing Furniture

Although your apartment may be temporary, high quality furniture can last a lifetime. Invest in top quality pieces of furniture that you can take with you when you move. Spend some time browsing online furniture stores to get a feel for your own personal style. Are you drawn to sleek, modern pieces, or do you prefer a more traditional look?

Once you identify your personal style preferences, check out local furniture stores for pieces that are a good fit with your style. Keep in mind that neutral colored pieces are generally a better investment than pieces with bright colors or patterns. Instead of being locked into one color scheme for the life of the furniture, neutral colors give you the versatility to change your color scheme simply by adding different throw pillows or accessories.


Use Screens to Divide the Space

Interior design for your apartment is particularly difficult if you live in a loft or other open space. Free-standing panel screens can help you create divisions within the space so it flows more logically. Best of all, with screens there is no need to physically alter the space.

Panel screens and room dividers come in a wide range of colors, sizes and styles, making it easy to find a screen that matches the rest of your furniture and decor. Look for screens made with carved wood, colorful fabrics, rice paper or glass to add visual interest to your space.

Hang Artwork without Damaging the Walls

Artwork can add personality to your space. The problem is most landlords don’t want you drilling holes in the walls. One alternative is to use adhesive hooks that are specifically designed for hanging artwork. These hooks attach to the wall with a special adhesive that is strong enough to support the weight of the artwork, but can be easily removed without damaging the wall. You can also try placing artwork on easels for a different look.

Modern Apartment Interior Design

Unlike traditional interior design where you have free reign to do whatever you want to the space, apartment interior design takes a little bit more finesse and creativity. However, with a bit of imagination and ingenuity, you can design a beautiful, stylish space.