Apartment Guide’s Top 9 Decor Trends for 2014

Park 19 Apartments in Portland, OR

Park 19 Apartments in Portland, OR

Will you be settling into a new place in 2014? Congratulations! Transforming your new space into a home will surely be a priority this year. While decor trends do come and go, there are some basic ways to adorn your apartment – even on the tightest budget. Take a look at what Apartment Guide is forecasting in the coming year!

1. A Mature, Adult Atmosphere

The Regency at John's Creek in John's Creek, GA

The Regency at John’s Creek in John’s Creek, GA

It’s 2014, folks. Your apartment should no longer look like a neglected college dormitory. By now you should have comfortable furniture, a real bed (along with a complete bedroom set), matching dishes… you get the picture, right? No matter what, your space should clearly belong to an adult because that is what you are, after all.

2. A Conversation Piece

Camden Place Apartments in Vancouver, WA

Camden Place Apartments in Vancouver, WA

Whether it’s hanging over the living room sofa or your king size bed, every bare wall needs a visual punch. A cool framed piece of work is ideal. Some renters take things a step further by hanging family photo collages, a collection of plates, or even framed swatches of leftover fabric. On a budget? You can find something one-of-a-kind at an estate sale or thrift store that won’t set you back much at all.

3. A Touch of Antique

The Jones Apartments in Hillsboro, OR

The Jones Apartments in Hillsboro, OR

Not only do antiques add a touch of character to your apartment, but did you know that this decor choice is an easy way to go green? It doesn’t matter if your antique has been passed down from a family member or you randomly stumbled upon it at a garage sale. Most people like the old world style that antiques display. But if you prefer a fresher take, antiques can easily be re-purposed to look like new which is usually cheaper than spending money on the latest item. If you think that infusing antiques into your apartment will make it look like granny’s house, just remember not to overdo it. Just a touch is all you need!

4. Sleek and Shiny Stainless Steel 

The Barker Apartments in Omaha, NE

The Barker Apartments in Omaha, NE

There are many words to describe stainless steel kitchen appliances: sleek, industrial, rich and sophisticated. No wonder these over-sized gadgets are the latest craze in apartment features! Renters love not only the look of stainless steel, but the fact that these appliances are extremely durable and super easy to clean.

5. Pile Up the Pillows 

Bella Vista Apartments in Phoenix, AZ

Bella Vista Apartments in Phoenix, AZ

Don’t feel bad if you can’t paint your apartment walls or you’re afraid to hang pictures. An easy and cost-effective way to add color to your small space is with a bevy of pillows! Can’t decide on a color? How about Pantone’s Radiant Orchid? Even if your budget doesn’t allow for brand new accessories, check out your local craft store for discontinued and clearance fabric remnants to recover old pillows yourself!

6. Stackable Appliances

The Meridian Apartments in Salem, OR

The Meridian Apartments in Salem, OR

Looking for a way to save space? Stackable washer and dryer units could be your savior. If your apartment contains washer and dryer connections, find out if stackable appliances can be accommodated. These definitely come in handy for city renters that have limited square footage. And they look trendy, too!

7. Dignified Dining 

34 Crestmont Apartments in Columbia, SC

34 Crestmont Apartments in Columbia, SC

Dining rooms can be an intimidating space. But don’t feel pressured to dress it up as you might for the holidays. In fact, you don’t even have to set the whole table. Even if you live alone, a minimum of two place settings will look better than a completely bare table. And you won’t have to scramble if a friend comes over to chow down!

8. A Blissful Bedroom 

Alta Stone Place Apartments in Melrose, MA

Alta Stone Place Apartments in Melrose, MA

This is seriously one of our favorite trends: a luxurious, 5-star hotel-style master bedroom. Have you ever noticed that high-end hotels really know how to create an aura of opulence? Well, you can do the same for yourself at home. Simulate a suite at the Four Seasons with a down comforter, high thread count sheets, giant pillows, a neutral color scheme, a terrycloth bath robe and a soothing aroma like lavender. Simplicity is the key.

9. A Ravishing Rug 

The River Oaks High Rise Apartments in Houston, TX

The River Oaks High Rise Apartments in Houston, TX

There are many ways to play around with area rugs within your apartment. You can layer them, place them at an angle, up against the wall or even side by side. But choosing one isn’t an easy feat. You’ll have to consider the size, shape, color, pattern, texture and cost. The most expensive rugs will last for decades. But if you just need something to get you through the next few years, a budget-friendly floor covering from your local chain store will do the job.

Which of these trends will you be adding to your apartment in 2014?

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