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85 Inventive Apartment Decor Ideas

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2018

Apartments are notoriously small. If you’ve ever lived in one, you may have experienced that terrifying feeling where there simply isn’t enough room for all of your belongings. However, apartments not only force us to think smaller, but they also encourage us to get creative when it comes to decor choices.

In fact, with limited space, every piece of decor becomes very important. For some, that can feel like an extraordinary amount of pressure. We have heard your cries for help so that’s why we’re here to share our 85 apartment decor ideas.

Use the filters to sort through the photos and find the idea that sparks your creative side. Whether you are looking for a fun DIY project for your apartment bedroom, or you just can’t think of any apartment decorating ideas for your kitchen, these photos should get you on the path to blissful apartment living. Once you’ve found your dream apartment, make it yours with our personalized home decor items.

Instructions: Click through the buttons below to sort by style or room. Click the photo for a larger view.

Apartment Decor Idea by Noelle's Favorite Things - Shutterfly.com

Small space doesn't mean you can't be festive during the holidays. Pick smaller decor that's easier to stowe away when not in use.

Photo by: Noelle's Favorite Things

Apartment Decor Idea by JHillstead Photography - Shutterfly.com

Try a bright bold wall to add depth to your bedoom.

Photo by: JHillstead Photography

Via: Nicole White Designs Interiors

Apartment Decor Idea by The Neon Tea Party - Shutterfly.com

Decorate with your favorite found objects to create an inspiring workspace in your kitchen.

Photo by: The Neon Tea Party

Apartment Decor Idea by Downtown Decorators - Shutterfly.com

Even a small blacony can feel spacious by adding the right furntiture and a fun backdrop.

Photo by: Dog Lady Design Files

Apartment Decor Idea by 4 Men 1 Lady - Shutterfly.com

These corner shelves are an ingenious use of space.

Photo by: 4 Men 1 Lady

Apartment Decor Idea by A Beautiful Mess - Shutterfly.com

This simple rack provides functional storage for a small apartment kitchen and still looks great.

Photo by: A Beautiful Mess

Apartment Decor Idea by A Thoughtful Place - Shutterfly.com

Instead of adding a physical animal skull with antlers, display a print version in a simple, classy frame.

Photo by: A Thoughtful Place

Apartment Decor Idea by Advice from a 20 Something - Shutterfly.com

A stylish headboard makes for good feng shui and works great in a small bedroom.

Photo by: Advice from a 20 Something

Apartment Decor Idea by Advice from a 20 Something - Shutterfly.com

Bring the outdoors in with some hanging plants.

Photo by: Advice from a 20 Something

Apartment Decor Idea by Advice from a 20 Something - Shutterfly.com

If the rest of the room is white, make a bold statement with your couch color.

Photo by: Advice from a 20 Something

Apartment Decor Idea by Ala Cortez - Shutterfly.com

This Ikea hack turns silverware holders into planters.

Photo by: Ala Cortez

Apartment Decor Idea by Awfully Big Adventure - Shutterfly.com

If you want to watch TV and display photos but only have one available wall, create a gallery around your TV.

Photo by: Awfully Big Adventure

Apartment Decor Idea by Benita Larsson - Shutterfly.com

An apartment's best friend is the proper use of space. Stay away from large, cumbersome bedside tables.

Photo by: Benita Larsson

Apartment Decor Idea by Carolyn Purnell - Shutterfly.com

A colorful kitchen adds character to this apartment.

Photo by: Carolyn Purnell

Apartment Decor Idea by Christina's Adventures - Shutterfly.com

Use bolder, darker colors to draw the eye upwards and give extra depth to a room.

Photo by: Christina's Adventures

Apartment Decor Idea by Clean and Scentsible - Shutterfly.com

A storage ladder is a fun and easy DIY piece to include in rooms with limited space.

Photo by: Clean and Scentsible

Apartment Decor Idea by Colin Price Photography - Shutterfly.com

A small kitchen with a place for everything and everything in its place.

Photo by: Colin Price Photography

Apartment Decor Idea by Create Celebrate Explore - Shutterfly.com

Sometimes a little love is all your kitchen needs. Try a chalkboard sign.

Photo by: Create Celebrate Explore

Apartment Decor Idea by Cup of Jo - Shutterfly.com

Get ultra minimalist by decorating with tiny works of art.

Photo by: Cup of Jo

Apartment Decor Idea by Design Manifest - Shutterfly.com

Mirrors, mirrors on the walls - you make this bathroom the greatest of them all!

Photo by: Design Manifest

Apartment Decor Idea by DIY Show Off - Shutterfly.com

In a small apartment bathroom, a toilet paper holder can double as a shelf.

Photo by: DIY Show Off

Apartment Decor Idea by Flynnside Out - Shutterfly.com

Don't be afraid to use bold colors, unique patterns on the walls, and shiny mirrors.

Photo by: Flynnside Out

Apartment Decor Idea by Four Generations One Roof - Shutterfly.com

This DIY magazine rack is slim and sensible. Perfect for a small apartment bathroom.

Photo by: Four Generations One Roof

Apartment Decor Idea by Greco Design Company - Shutterfly.com

This DIY rope towel holder is an easy way to give a small apartment some character.

Photo by: Greco Design Company

Apartment Decor Idea by Hannah Eloge - Shutterfly.com

Like geometry? Be sure to coordinate your patterns throughout the room.

Photo by: Hannah Eloge

Apartment Decor Idea by Hannah Eloge - Shutterfly.com

This large apartment's living room keeps the wall-hanging to a minimum. It means less cleaning up on moving day.

Photo by: Hannah Eloge

Apartment Decor Idea by Hayley Taylor - Shutterfly.com

What's black and white with shelves all over? A mini sewing nook in this apartment bedroom!

Photo by: Hayley Taylor

Apartment Decor Idea by Homeroad - Shutterfly.com

Three cups on a board become a cute mini shelf that doubles as adorable decor.

Photo by: Homeroad

Apartment Decor Idea by Jaderbomb - Shutterfly.com

This colorful spoon display will leave you swooning in your own kitchen.

Photo by: Jaderbomb

Apartment Decor Idea by Julia Robbs - Shutterfly.com

Add a touch of modernism with creative lighting, and don't be afraid to include large plants in your apartment bedroom decor.

Photo by: Julia Robbs

Apartment Decor Idea by Julia Robbs - Shutterfly.com

Transform your empty wall into a wall of shelving.

Photo by: Julia Robbs

Apartment Decor Idea by Julie Blanner - Shutterfly.com

Sometimes a simple flower is all you need to give your room that extra touch of style.

Photo by: Julie Blanner

Apartment Decor Idea by Just a Girl and Her Blog - Shutterfly.com

With no room for a full table, think smaller and push furniture against the wall.

Photo by: Just a Girl and Her Blog

Apartment Decor Idea by K Sarah Designs - Shutterfly.com

To keep countertops looking clean and fresh, build your own shelves above the counter.

Photo by: K Sarah Designs

Apartment Decor Idea by Kara Rosenlund - Shutterfly.com

The combination of a rustic ladder, tortoise shell, and old lamp, pack this bedroom with style.

Photo by: Kara Rosenlund

Apartment Decor Idea by Liana Hayles Newton - Shutterfly.com

No matter the size of your room, be sure that colors match and are coordinated throughout the decor.

Photo by: Liana Hayles Newton

Apartment Decor Idea by Liana Hayles Newton - Shutterfly.com

Get creative with your kitchen table. This one doubles as a rolling cart.

Photo by: Liana Hayles Newton

Apartment Decor Idea by Liz Marie Blog - Shutterfly.com

This frame doubles as a shelf for holding utensils, pot holders, and flowers.

Photo by: Liz Marie Blog

Apartment Decor Idea by Lolly Jane - Shutterfly.com

This living room uses a built in ledge to display vintage, rustic art.

Photo by: Lolly Jane

Apartment Decor Idea by Made From Scratch - Shutterfly.com

Here is a stylish way to hang your clothes even if you don't have a closet.

Photo by: Made From Scratch

Apartment Decor Idea by Mason Jar Crafts - Shutterfly.com

If you don't have much room but still want to be chic, a DIY mason jar may do the trick.

Photo by: Mason Jar Crafts

Apartment Decor Idea by Matthew Williams for LABL Studio - Shutterfly.com

This small living room only has a few pieces of decor on their wall, but they are bold.

Photo by: Matthew Williams for LABL Studio

Apartment Decor Idea by Max Touhey for Curbed NY - Shutterfly.com

Gallery walls can also serve as storage space for chairs. This room coordinates so that they blend right in.

Photo by: Max Touhey for Curbed NY

Apartment Decor Idea by MIss Mustard Seed - Shutterfly.com

A clever sink skirt covers extra storage space under the sink.

Photo by: MIss Mustard Seed

Apartment Decor Idea by My Style Pill - Shutterfly.com

Bring a jungle feel to your living room with a bold choice of pillow.

Photo by: My Style Pill

Apartment Decor Idea by Nancy Mitchell - Shutterfly.com

This exotic-looking decor is stylish and turns an ordinary apartment into something you can’t wait to come home to.

Photo by: Nancy Mitchell

Apartment Decor Idea by Niche Interiors - Shutterfly.com

White gives off an aura of cleanliness while light neutrals will make everything look bigger.

Photo by: Niche Interiors

Apartment Decor Idea by Nicole Franzen - Shutterfly.com

Funky floral curtains make this bedroom feel like a rustic den instead of a city apartment.

Photo by: Nicole Franzen

Apartment Decor Idea by Nosso Ape - Shutterfly.com

Add a splash of color in the kitchen where you least expect it - the stove!

Photo by: Nosso Ape

Apartment Decor Idea by Olde Windmill Hill - Shutterfly.com

Even if you have limited space in your apartment, a DIY flower box can spruce up the bathroom.

Photo by: Olde Windmill Hill

Apartment Decor Idea by Pablo Enriquez - Shutterfly.com

In a small apartment bathroom, use a glass door instead of a shower curtain.

Photo by: Pablo Enriquez

Apartment Decor Idea by Pablo Enriquez - Shutterfly.com

Think vertical when your space is limited.

Photo by: Pablo Enriquez

Apartment Decor Idea by Pablo Enriquez - Shutterfly.com

Use furniture to segment parts of a room within a large studio apartment.

Photo by: Pablo Enriquez

Apartment Decor Idea by Pardon Muah - Shutterfly.com

Gold colored walls make this kitchen sparkle, pop, and fizz!

Photo by: Pardon Muah

Apartment Decor Idea by Pardon Muah - Shutterfly.com

Sometimes the little things turn out to be the most important elements in apartment decor.

Photo by: Pardon Muah

Apartment Decor Idea by Practising Simplicity - Shutterfly.com

A jar has so many uses. It can be decor, storage, or even art.

Photo by: Practising Simplicity

Apartment Decor Idea by Pretty Handy Girl - Shutterfly.com

If you are going with doorless cabinets, give them a bold patterned backsplash.

Photo by: Pretty Handy Girl

Apartment Decor Idea by Reading My Tea Leaves - Shutterfly.com

Wireframe baskets make for smart organization in an apartment bathroom and are beautiful as decor.

Photo by: Reading My Tea Leaves

Apartment Decor Idea by Remodelando la Casa - Shutterfly.com

This DIY kitchen stool makes a great apartment decor idea for any coffee lover.

Photo by: Remodelando la Casa

Apartment Decor Idea by Rhyme and Reason - Shutterfly.com

A focused gallery wall can make your small apartment bedroom.

Photo by: Rhyme and Reason

Apartment Decor Idea by Rhyme and Reason - Shutterfly.com

A mirrored glass nightstand gives the illusion of extra space.

Photo by: Rhyme and Reason

Apartment Decor Idea by Simply Beautiful By Angela - Shutterfly.com

This storage rack helps utilize the space above your toilet.

Photo by: Simply Beautiful By Angela

Apartment Decor Idea by Something About Chelsea - Shutterfly.com

Sheer drapes let in the natural light while neutral colors create a sense of space.

Photo by: Something About Chelsea

Apartment Decor Idea by Stoffer Photography - Shutterfly.com

Sometimes, one bold piece of art is all you need.

Photo by: Stoffer Photography

Apartment Decor Idea by Stone Gable Blog - Shutterfly.com

Reimagining everyday materials gives your apartment kitchen a unique look. For example, this cake stand doubles as soap holder.

Photo by: Stone Gable Blog

Apartment Decor Idea by Styling & Photography: Holly Marder - Shutterfly.com

In a studio apartment, sheer curtains can section off your bedroom area.

Photo by: Styling & Photography: Holly Marder

Apartment Decor Idea by The 2 Seasons - Shutterfly.com

An additional storage space added above the door allows for more space below.

Photo by: The 2 Seasons

Apartment Decor Idea by The Catholic Table - Shutterfly.com

When choosing a kitchen table for your apartment, think functional. This tiny table has flaps that transform it into a larger eating area.

Photo by: The Catholic Table

Apartment Decor Idea by The College Prepster - Shutterfly.com

Putting furniture on a slant cuts off any hard angles and makes the room look larger.

Photo by: The College Prepster

Apartment Decor Idea by The College Prepster - Shutterfly.com

If you choose a white couch, make sure you use colored pillows.

Photo by: The College Prepster

Apartment Decor Idea by The Desi Wonder Woman - Shutterfly.com

Did you miss this black and white striped refrigerator? Be sure to read between the lines!

Photo by: The Desi Wonder Woman

Apartment Decor Idea by The Desi Wonder Woman - Shutterfly.com

Apartment decor should feel personal and unique. Say a lot with the little space you have.

Photo by: The Desi Wonder Woman

Apartment Decor Idea by The Desi Wonder Woman - Shutterfly.com

This eclectic mix of colors pairs beautifully with plant life.

Photo by: The Desi Wonder Woman

Apartment Decor Idea by The Inspired Room - Shutterfly.com

A great way to create the illusion of more space is to hang the curtains/drapes higher than the window frame.

Photo by: The Inspired Room

Apartment Decor Idea by The Pink Tumbleweed - Shutterfly.com

Wireframe towel holders pair nicely with this animal skull to create a rustic aesthetic.

Photo by: The Pink Tumbleweed

Apartment Decor Idea by The Urbanite Insight - Shutterfly.com

Have any extra mason jars hanging around? Put them around your bathroom as receptacles for common needs like cotton balls and toothbrushes.

Photo by: The Urbanite Insight

Apartment Decor Idea by The Urbanite Insight - Shutterfly.com

When space is limited, don't underestimate the benefits of a sparse wall and the idea of making one piece of decor into a focal point.

Photo by: The Urbanite Insight

Apartment Decor Idea by The Urbanite Insight - Shutterfly.com

This shelving unit is a creative way to section off a bedroom in a studio apartment.

Photo by: The Urbanite Insight

Apartment Decor Idea by Whitney J Decor - Shutterfly.com

Remember, a blue accent wall pairs wonderfully with a black and white shower curtain - and don't forget to add some plant-life!

Photo by: Whitney J Decor

Apartment Decor Idea by Whitney J Decor - Shutterfly.com

A unique collection of glasses and cups makes for great apartment decor.

Photo by: Whitney J Decor

Apartment Decor Idea by Zukkini - Shutterfly.com

The open wall in this small kitchen is the one that gets the most color.

Photo by: Zukkini

Apartment Decor Idea by Zukkini - Shutterfly.com

You'll notice a green theme in this tiny living room. It helps unify the small space.

Photo by: Zukkini