Looking to start 2020 with a fresh, new look? It just makes sense that your apartment deserves the same courtesy. That doesn't necessarily mean it's time chuck your perfectly good couch, of course. Instead, employ some of these hot tips and tricks to bring your space into the next decade with class and a little bit of flourish.
A highlight of marble here or there can shake up otherwise wood-based apartment decor. Even if you can't spring for a full chunk of coffee table marble or a swank new dining set, turn to accent coasters, vases and other smaller items to easily and affordably add the texture of this classic, clean material to any space, no major renovations required.
Although we can't live without our tech, more and more people are trying to limit exposure to its constant influence. Enter fresh, calming, nature-inspired paint colors designed specifically to give people a refuge from the feeling of being totally plugged-in all the time.
Paint juggernaut Sherwin-Williams released their annual Colormix® Color Forecast 2020, and within its guidelines are paint choices that channel vibes from the ocean, sky and neutral woods in particular.
That's not to say that all brightness is totally lost to the world, however. Pops of color in the form of whimsical accent walls and accessories remain welcome because nature is great and all, but a person's home should also show some personality.
Flower garlands are getting a long-overdue promotion from part-time holiday decor to year-round accent. Elegant garlands of dried or faux flowers are an easy way for apartment-dwellers to add a natural element to the home.
Best of all, they can be used virtually anywhere, from mantles to tables and even strategically positioned on bare walls. They're also super easy to switch out based on the season, making garlands an affordable, low-effort way to keep the home fresh and current.
More and more Millennials are embracing certain elements of Grandma's home decor choices. Although you may never have hung a tapestry in your life, 2020 is the time to give it a try.
Not only are these wall hangings beautiful pieces of statement art, but they also provide excellent coverage for those surfaces that you either don't feel like painting or aren't allowed to, per the landlord. Such pieces of woven textile art run a wide range in both price and style, making them an excellent update for people of all budgets.
Apartment dwellers know that every square foot is precious real estate, particularly when it comes to storage space. Modular furniture, complete with drawers, shelves and other sneaky storage solutions, is poised to be huge in 2020 because of its multitude of capabilities. Who knew a simple bed, ottoman or couch could be so functional?
After centuries — nay, millennia — of being marginalized, women are really starting to run the world. Celebrate everything that makes ladies legends and display artwork that shows all sides of femininity, from strength to beauty to emotions.
Whether you opt for a print reproduction or an original work of art, the message will be the same. Strong girls rock.
Rooms that are gray, beige or otherwise neutral can often benefit from a smidgen of well-placed drama thrown in. That's why the black door has been, and continues to be, so hot right now.
Not so sure if you're ready to take the plunge? Color expert Maria Killam suggests purchasing a few yards of standard black fabric and hanging it over the door in question for a day or two. If you like it, forge ahead with a paintbrush in hand. If not, try something less permanent. Be sure to accessorize the nearby space with bright whites and other contrasting pieces to really make the door stand out.
We're not talking about orange shag or anything like that. That trend should stay forever in the '70s where it belongs. Instead, choose fluffy wall-to-wall in a neutral color for a cozy vibe, or simply accent with rugs here and there.
Rugs in bold geometric prints are particularly popular this year. Some people are even hanging them from walls to add a hint of texture and color to space all in one piece.
The days of matchy-matchy metals are long gone, and people instead are choosing to embrace many different colors and finishes within the same space. Stools, textured wall art and all variety of tables are just a few of the ways to incorporate metal mania into any apartment.
Natural woods and fibers are fine and all, but some people embrace a more mod/retro home vibe. Neon signs, like those seen in the windows of bars and restaurants, are whimsical accents, particularly if customized to suit your style.
If statement neon isn't your jam, turn, instead, to less obvious neon lighting fixtures to really brighten everything up.
Don't put off that apartment makeover any longer. The 2020s are the perfect time to start off a fresh, new decade with finesse. Mix and match any of these suggestions to create a space that's both current and decidedly your own style. Happy decorating!