7 Apartment decorating tips that will “WOW” and optimize space!

Whether your a long term renter who wants to make their apartment feel polished, or your decorating your first apartment and don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place!

Tip #1-Set up an entry way! Maybe you’ll feature a beautiful mirror (for last minute touch ups), and small bench with seating for slipping on and off your shoes. Or you could choose a chic accent chair with a slim stylish basket for your umbrellas. What about a small ornate table to store your mail, keys and on to the go accessories!

Tip #2-Window treatments! This is a very important one for me as it can really impact the look of your space. Not only is this a way to bring in colour and pattern, but it is also a way (when hung properly) to make your ceilings appear higher. If your wanting to achieve this look you must hang your curtains as high up as they can go (the rod may reach .5 away from your ceiling), this will give the illusion of higher ceilings which will make the whole space feel larger. Window treatments are also a way to make a place feel much more inviting and cozy. They can also help you keep those heating bills down in the dead of winter.

Tip #3-Swap out the lighting! Especially if your apartment or condo comes with all the builder grade flush mount lighting fixtures. You will be so surprised how much your entire space changes when installing prettier fixtures.

Tip #4-Splurge on a beautiful headboard! This is the focal point of every bedroom and when choosing the right headboard it can really give your bedroom that wow factor it may be lacking.

Tip #5-Get some art work up on those walls! Gallery walls are such a fun trend right now. You can do all photos or you can mix it up with your favourite art work and family photos. Throw in some statement pieces like a beautiful ornate letter for your first or last name. Maybe an old looking key or a mini metal deer head or mirror to space it up. If you don’t have the money to go out and purchase these things try making some DIY art!

Tip #6-Stick on wallpaper! You can create a beautiful accent or focal wall buy purchasing DIY stick on wallpaper. It’s so easy and can be completed within minutes, really helping give that “WOW” factor to a smaller space. And if your renting the best part is it’s easily removed!

Tip #7-Accent rugs! Accent rugs can make a room that feels cold.. cozy. It can also bring in colour and pattern and really pull a room together. It will help you define and separate your space. And the best part is you can take it with you when you go. Try adding a beautiful area rug to your family room under the coffee table. Grab a statement rug for your front door, get something cute for your kitchen and bathroom. Look for something cozy on your feet for the bedroom.


1-Mirrors on the walls or leaned up in a corner will help make a small space feel bigger.
2-Paint the walls White! Paint will impact how large your space feels. A white wall colour will make your likely small apartment space feel larger.
3-Smaller sized furniture will help keep the place from feeling cluttered or too full.
4-Try to organize and hide storage creatively, use beautiful storage solutions like wicker baskets, purchase a couch or ottoman that opens up with inside storage. 5-Source out affordable hanging closet organizers to utilize all of your storage space. 6-Install shelves and display statements pieces mixed with baskets for storage solutions (this way it creates a beautiful eye catching display and doesn’t look like a storage solution). GET CREATIVE!


One last tip for hanging things on the walls (if you do not want to drill holes, or can not) use command strips they work so well and they now make them to hang everything. They come in different sizes and have different weight ranges. They stick on so easily and most importantly they can be removed when moving out causing zero damage to the paint or walls.

I hope this has helped, and has given you some great ideas on where to start when decorating your apartment! If you have any questions feel free to send me a message!

Thanks for stopping by,


Published by tarynfalconerdesignstudio

I am a mom of 2, married to my best friend and living the dream! I love all things design and I am very excited to share with you all my DIY, decor inspiration & interior decorating ideas!

10 thoughts on “7 Apartment decorating tips that will “WOW” and optimize space!

  1. Taryn your so talented. What great reads I hope you keep this up I really look forward to more of your blog posts I feel like I’ve learned a lot and I am really enjoying your content I feel like if we met we would be really great friends thanks again

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  2. Great tips!!! I live in a small house that as soon as you open the door you are already in my dining room and can see I tomy kitchen. So, needless to say, I am trying to figure out a way to make an entry space. Also, will be painting these walls white, just as you advised. Thanks again!

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