4 Ways to Incorporate Your Hobby into Your Apartment Decor

This apartment dweller loves video games, so he incorporated a gaming station in his apartment. Image: San Marbeya, Tempe, AZ

This apartment dweller loves video games, so he incorporated a gaming station in his apartment. Image: San Marbeya, Tempe, AZ

Living in a rented space might not give you the freedom to remodel, but it does give you the perfect space to experiment with your personal tastes and find out what you do and don’t like. After all, your living space should reflect yourself and your personality.

What’s the best way to display your individualism through your decor? How do you decorate in a way that best reflects your own personal tastes and interests? Here are some ways to incorporate your hobby or passion into your apartment decor.

1. Figure Out What Your Hobby Is

It might sound obvious, but if you want to reflect your interests with your decoration, you must first figure out what they are. Put together a list of your favorite things to do. It doesn’t have to be anything groundbreaking or spectacular; it could include things like “I like to watch sports on TV,” or “I enjoy painting and sewing.”

If you love to play games, don't hide them in a closet -- bring them out front and center! Image: Drayton Tower, Savannah, GA

If you love to play games, don’t hide them in a closet — bring them out front and center! Image: Drayton Tower, Savannah, GA

Whatever things you get enjoyment out of should be included on your list. Then take a look at your list and think about the potential each hobby gives you to create and install unique decorations in your apartment.

2. Create Unique Artwork

Now, you can create something unique for your apartment that’s based around your interests. If your hobby is a creative one, making something to display in your home will come easily. If not, you can still get inventive! That’s one of the best ways to decorate.




While not everyone would want to put up a picture of their favorite sports team, for example, it might be a more subtle approach to create something interesting that’s inspired by the team’s colors or logo. Another way to create hobby-inspired art is to recycle old items into new decorations — for example, using old ticket stubs to make a collage.

3. Display Your Tools with Pride

Tennis Racket Art - Heather Huston

Image credit: Heather Huston – Instagram

Most hobbies come with a set of tools in tow. If you live in a smaller apartment, it can be difficult to figure out where to put them. Snowboards, tennis raquets, art supplies, books, magazines — these are all supplies that are used to feed your passion, but they take up a lot of space. When you don’t know where to put them, why not use them as decorations? Hang your sports equipment on the wall, display your books with pride, put all your hair products and pins in mason jars, and so on.

4. Repurpose for New Uses

As well as recycling old items as art, you can upcyle them, which means you can use them for new purposes. For example, you can use a stack of books as an end table, or old notebooks or glued-together Scrabble tiles as coasters.

If you're an avid bartender, you could turn a piece of furniture into a place to store your bottles and glasses. Image: Alexandria of Carmel, Carmel, IN

If you’re an avid bartender, you could turn a piece of furniture into a place to store your bottles and glasses. Image: Alexandria of Carmel, Carmel, IN

You might not be able to use something for its original purpose, but you can use it to display your love for your hobby in an equally useful way.

How do you incorporate your hobby in your apartment decor?

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