Making a space feel homey can be a challenge, especially when working with a small area and budget.

Increasing rent prices and decreasing square footage has us scrambling for budget-friendly apartment decorating ideas. You don’t need to spend a fortune to style your condo and make it look luxurious, the key is choosing the right decor that makes your space look larger rather than cramped.

Whether you’re looking to give your space a new aesthetic or simply want your apartment to feel bigger yet modern, the following decorating ideas can help you transform your packed apartment into a haven.

1. Mount Some Floating Shelves

If you’re lacking storage but don’t want bulky furniture to keep your belonging in, floating shelves offer the perfect solution.

Wood or metal shelving will go with almost all aesthetics, and when placed in a staggered pattern, will give your wall a unique look. You can show off a collection of decorative objects and mementos without having to take up any floor space.

2. Pile on the Throw Pillowsthrow pillows on a couch in an apartment

Many apartments have strict rules on what colour the walls are allowed to be, which in most cases are neutral shades of white and beige.

Bring personality to your apartment with plenty of fun, colourful throw pillows that contrast with the walls and make the space look full of life. If you decide to switch things up down the road, all you have to do is buy new pillow covers, and voilà!

3. Make Windows Taller

Something as simple as curtain length can make an entire apartment look much smaller than it is.

Even if your windows don’t reach the ceiling, hang your curtains as close to the ceiling as possible and make sure the ends reach the floor. This will give an illusion of a larger, more airy space.

4. Bring in a Bar Cart

Bar carts are one of the most underrated pieces of furniture out there, as they can be used as a console, drinks table, or coffee table. Not only can you style your cart to match the seasons, but you can use it to showcase beautiful books and other knick-knacks.

5. Add Some Drama With a Mirrorlarge mirror in the corner of an apartment

An oversized mirror is a quick and easy way to add some drama to your living room while also giving the appearance of a bigger space. This piece can take the place of framed art and bring more natural light into your apartment.

6. Incorporate a Little Greenery

Plants can add a lot of character to a room, livening up the space with their brilliant colours and shapes.

Whether you’re looking for low-maintenance succulents or large, leafy plants, there are endless species to choose from. Able to decorate a console or give a pop of colour to a dark corner, their versatility is one of a kind.

7. Hang up Art

Beautiful art pieces don’t necessarily need to be worth thousands of dollars, you can make your own charming artwork at home.

Grab a few paint colours and unleash your creativity on the canvas or print out some pictures of cherished memories and hang them in a unique pattern on an empty wall.

8. Add a Splash of Colour With a Rugdecorated apartment living room with a green rug and an accent wall

Area rugs are usually used to soften up a room and make it cozier.

However, if you’re looking to add some colour to your space, pick out a bold area rug and strategically place it under a coffee table or in front of a couch. You could also try layering smaller rugs to add more texture and colour.

9. Create a Statement Wall

Turn an empty wall into the focal point of your room by painting it a vibrant colour or applying a patterned wallpaper.

Choose a colour that highlights or nicely contrasts with the colour of your furniture. Remember, an accent wall doesn’t need to take up an entire wall and can simply be a small nook.

10. Install Shelving Above Your Headboard

If you’re lacking wall and floor space to display and store your belongings, consider incorporating shelves above your headboard.

This will not only save you some much-needed space but can become a feature in your bedroom by putting on display picture frames and other keepsakes.

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