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    30 Ways To Make Your Tiny Apartment Look Less Boring

    Brighten up your small living space with velvet couches, macrame wall art, and more home decor.

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    1. Hang up a light curtain to turn your typically dark room into a glowing, "I'm ready to chill" sanctuary.

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    Promising review: "Awesome for my main living room window! I didn’t want to put curtains as I like to open the blinds all the way up in the morning to let the sunshine in! These lights are perfect to add a good vibe at night." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    2. Place your green baby in a butt planter that'll be ~booty-full~ for your floating shelf or windowsill.

    3D-printed copper booty-shaped pot with green plant inside

    Tropicverse is a small business based in Austin, Texas that sells 3D-printed planters. If you want a fun pot for your plant bb, this shop has a lot of colorful and geometric options.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love my new planters! They are great as a cache pot for passive hydro leca method and also great for my air plants." —Etsy Customer

    Get it from Tropicverse on Etsy for $13+ (available in four sizes).

    3. Angle a convertible futon to create a cozy reading corner. It'll help make your living room look a little more spacious and give you an excuse to catch up on a juicy bestseller.

    Reviewer's mustard-colored velvet futon with a yellow throw pillow next to a geometric carpet, various plants, and a treasure-chest inspired coffee table
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    Promising review: "More than happy with this couch. It is so perfect and looks better than I expected. The material is a nice quality. I obviously didn’t expect this to be a cushiony soft couch but it’s the perfect level of firm. Comfortable to sit on and decent for naps. I can’t stress enough how glad I am that I purchased it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $287.99+ (available in five colors).

    4. Arrange clothes, shoes, and accessories with a space-saving garment rack. You can easily access your wardrobe essentials *and* creatively show off your style at the same time.

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    Promising review: "Better than I expected! It’s gorgeous and holds a lot! Exactly what I needed so I’m so happy with my purchase. It’s light and doesn’t take too much room. The assembly is easy and shouldn’t take more than an hour." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $93.99+ (available in two colors).

    5. Add a cheeky mat to your entryway because you can properly greet guests and creatively hide the dull, scratched-up floor next to your door.

    Red and black mat with a Lucy artwork and flames that says "hello hot stuff"

    Valfré was founded by Mexican-born artist Ilse Valfré. The Los Angeles-based brand is known for handbags, T-shirts, and home decor goods with beautiful designs.

    Get it from Valfré for $30.

    6. Read door configurations, tile patterns, and more interior design diagrams if you're thinking about an apartment update. Sometimes a little bedding refresh could go a long way.

    A bed styling diagram showing how an interior designer selects shams, sheets, etc. / Via

    Check out the full bed styling diagram at Matouk.

    7. Stash vino bottles in this wine-shaped organizer instead of cramming them into a cabinet. Hosting virtual happy hour? Get ready for the compliments to roll in.

    Reviewer's black wine-shaped wine rack with bottles of red and white wine in a corner

    Promising review: "We love our new wine rack. It was easy to assemble and is the perfect size for our foyer/hallway. The unique wineglass design is absolutely beautiful and sets it apart from most wine racks." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    8. Make a mirror display above your loveseat or kitchen-meets-dining area. You can finally use that bare wall for something interesting and not take up precious square footage.

    Set of seven big and small circle-shaped mirrors hanging on a green wall above a table

    Promising review: "I bought these to fill up an empty space in the living room wall. The photos provided make the mirrors look big; they’re actually a lot smaller in person. For the price I think they are worth it. I’m considering buying another set." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of 7 from Amazon for $15.99.

    9. Set up a hammock chair indoors if you don't have a balcony or backyard. You can still nap, read a book, and sip coffee in this comfy and living room-friendly gem.

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    Promising review: "I've had this chair for about four months now. It has held up great and is the perfect size for my small apartment. I actually have it inside and it's very nice to lay in when the sun shines through the window." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99.

    10. Showcase your fave art prints, postcards, and photos with a DIY gallery wall. Whether you prefer a line, eclectic, or floor-to-ceiling display, there's an arrangement that'll accentuate your living space.

    Artwork showing eclectic wall gallery with geometric frames around an orange couch
    Ellie Sunakawa / BuzzFeed

    If you're going for the eclectic look, have fun with shapes. Square frames, oval frames, hexagonal frames, you name it, will look so good above your couch or WFH space.

    11. Layer a reversible comforter on your sheets, so you can change up your bedding with minimal effort. Plus, this set will make your tiny sleep sanctuary ~bloom~ with color.

    Abstract red flower reversible comforter and pillow shams on a low full-sized bed

    Promising review: "Absolutely perfect. The color of the stem is navy, but it is still just completely beautiful and just the pop to brighten up any room." —Wayfair Customer

    Get it from Wayfair for $151.04+ (available in three sizes).

    12. Frame an art print (or two) that'll look lovely above your desk, especially if you want to create a relaxing WFH zone.

    Framed art print of African American woman wearing gold hoops and a yellow dress on a wall about a wooden bookcase and DJ equipment

    TheEverydayPrintCo is a Black woman-owned shop known for their gorgeous wall art. From friendship scenes to abstract rainbows, you'll find heartwarming and tranquil prints for your living space.

    Get it from TheEverydayPrintCo on Etsy for $31+ (available in six sizes).

    13. Nestle novels in between eye-catching bookends if you ~need a hand~ with book organization and want to show off your fave reads.

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    Promising review: "I didn't want to settle for any boring bookends, I love how these appear to push the books together on both sides. These are sturdy, and hold my books up with ease, all the while looking quite stylish even on my messy desk." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $24.99.

    14. Trade your bulky table for a small turntable stand, so you can play music, show off vinyls, and stash vintage cassettes in a cool spot.

    Navy blue and white turntable stand with record player on top, two navy blue drawers, and two vinyl shelves on the bottom against a constellation-print wall.

    Promising review: "Just finished putting this together and absolutely love it! Assembly was easier than most other furniture I have put together and it all works perfectly with our player and records. I would buy again and highly recommend this stand!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Novogratz on Amazon for $118.24.

    15. Illuminate a dreary corner with a spiral lamp that's unique and space-friendly. This beauty looks like it came straight out of a magazine and will look amazing by an armchair or loveseat.

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    Promising review: "I love this lamp! Probably my fave lamp that I have ever owned. The three-way dimmer is a great asset! It really brightens the room well at top lighting, and all settings are great options. It is not as tall as most floor lamps, so check the measurements if you are looking for a taller height. I actually have it on a table and it looks excellent that way too." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in two colors).

    16. Maximize your living space with nesting tables you can keep together or apart. They'll also be really handy if you need to light a candle or sip tea while you binge-watch TV.

    Two black marble top nesting tables placed together next to a white-gray sofa

    Get them from Novogratz on Amazon for $134.99.

    17. Give your bedroom a boho update with macrame wall art. It'll brighten up unused wall space above your headboard, desk, or dresser.

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    Promising review: "So incredibly beautiful and unique! The quality is amazing, it's very well made using heavy duty yarns and wood backing for support. I wanted a boho look and this gives this room that feel. I am so impressed with the craftsmanship." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $48.80.

    18. Prop a ladder shelf against a hallway wall that typically goes unnoticed. You'll instantly have more storage space and get to display your mini "library" filled with books, trinkets, and other knickknacks.

    Reviewer props wooden ladder shelf filled with books and trinkets against an unused hallway wall
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    Promising review: "This shelf is beautiful! It was pretty easy to put together and holds a decent amount of books and decor. It's the perfect size for a small apartment, it doesn't take up much room but really stands out in a minimal space. The shelves look very sleek. Overall this shelf is exactly what I was looking for and I would highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $65.99 (available in three colors).

    19. Work with a focal point in the living room and kitchen for easy decorating. Use a painting, light fixture, or wall to be the ~center of attention~ in seating areas.

    a wall with a pink rounded stripe in the middle
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    If you're thinking about an accent wall for your apartment, Emily Henderson will take you through the process here.

    20. Suspend a hanging basket from the ceiling, so you can show off a cascade of garden herbs, fresh-picked fruit, and recipe books in your small kitchen.

    Light brown hanging basket with three compartments for lemons, herbs, and cookbooks in a minimal-inspired kitchen
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I was surprised how long this basket set has held up, my roommates and I have had it in our kitchen with apples, bananas, onions, and avocados all piled in there for months and it’s held up so well! I was worried it would be cheap and a waste, but it was actually a great investment." —Urban Outfitters Customer

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

    21. Cover your bathroom window with iridescent privacy film for a gorgeous stained glass effect. Your neighbors *don't* need to catch a view of you brushing your teeth or singing in the shower.

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    Promising review: "I love this product! I live in an apartment complex and my bedroom window happens to be along one of the main walkways for the whole complex. This product looks so cute and it gives me me the privacy I needed. It was pretty easy to install and it can easily be removed if I need to relocate." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in seven sizes).

    22. Conceal your dull floors with a colorful rug that looks like a piece of art *and* is super soft on your feet.

    Square-shaped rug with abstract colorful circles on a hardwood floor next to white armchair and wooden TV stand
    Rugs USA

    Promising review: "My rug arrived today and I could not wait to get it down. I am looking for a boho look in my living area and this rug spoke to me big time. I love it in my space. I wish I had bought it larger but I'm very happy. It's soft and great for the price." —Rugs USA Customer

    Get it from Rugs USA for $61.10+ (available in six sizes and four shapes).

    23. Lay out geometric jewelry trays on your coffee table or dresser. They'll work great for earrings, car keys, and your fave hot beverage.

    Pink, white, green, and yellow geometric-designed catch trays on a blue table

    Promising review: "I love the trays. I use them on my dresser for jewelry. The pastel colors are beautiful. Adorable and exactly what I wanted." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of 4 from Amazon for $8.95.

    24. Mount minimal hooks to your entryway wall, so you can have a chic spot for coats, keys, and hanging plants.

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    Promising review: "I am chronically cold and have a bunch of very nice knit cardigans. I usually end up leaving them laying over chair backs or recliners and cluttering things up, so I bought these to have a good place to hang them. The thick wood prevents stretching damage from the weight of the sweaters, and not using a hook prevents damage and holes in the knit. Definitely worth the upgrade." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $16.49+ (also available in wood beech).

    25. Consider budget-friendly retailers for your apartment refresh. One BuzzFeeder recently updated their bedroom and found affordable artwork, sheets, and artificial plants at Ikea.

    room with pink curtains and sheets with pink flower painting above the bed
    Natasha Jokic / BuzzFeed

    26. Nail a gorgeous moon garland by your apartment window nook. You can watch sunlight reflect off this beauty while you read, text friends, or sip your morning latte.

    Gold hanging phases of the moon garland on the side of a bright window nook covered. in pillows

    Promising review: "It is already put together which is amazing (I had bought a similar item and everything was separate. Such tiny holes, so many pieces. It was a wreck!) obviously, very easy to hang. It added the perfect amount of character to our master bathroom! Great quality and amazing price!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98 (also available in silver).

    27. Transform your apartment into a "garden" with a beautiful gold terrarium. It comes with artificial succulents inside, so you can still be a plant parent without worrying about wilting or lack of sunlight.

    Gold terrarium filled with pebbles and green succulents

    Promising review: "Absolutely adorable. If you haven't got a green thumb but don't like the look of most fake plants, this small, lovely terrarium is great. It was an impulse buy and I'm really happy with it!" —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $14.99.

    28. Brighten up your blah couch with a floral accent pillow. This baby comes in a bunch of colors and it'll make your fave seating area a little more cozy.

    Sunflower accent pillow wedged in between blue pillows and butterfly-pattern pillows on a light gray couch
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    Promising review: "Recently renovated my home with teal being the 'splash of color' chosen throughout. These pillows are a real find: I ordered the smaller ones for my loveseat to compliment larger abstract-colored pillows. The color is vibrant and pillows look more expensive than they are. You won't be disappointed!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.89+ (available in two sizes and 39 colors).

    29. Toss remotes, chargers, blankets, and other couch essentials into patterned storage baskets. These patterned bins will help you reduce clutter *and* make your living room more cheery.

    Colorful African-inspired fabric storage baskets on a hardwood floor
    Lolly & Kiks/Etsy

    Lolly & Kiks is a small business based in London that sells handmade, African-inspired accessories, bags, and home decor.

    Promising review: "As usual, beautiful fabric and craftswomanship. Adds a lovely shot of color in my living room. Replaces a dusty old basket and does a better job of concealing the cords and remotes." —Etsy Customer

    Get it from Lolly & Kiks on Etsy for $16.10+ (available in six sizes and 12 colors).

    30. Set up mermaid-inspired sink accessories in your bathroom. You may not have the space for a big vanity, but this tiny set will add a subtle shimmer to your counter.

    Reviewer's shimmery pink, blue, and green bathroom accessories set on a white counter
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    This set comes with a soap dispenser, toothbrush holder, storage jar, and small vanity tray!

    Promising review: "What a pretty set! Love the scales and the way they look it my new bathroom! I bought the sink accessories and I am incredibly happy with their quality color and functionality!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

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