New York Style Apartment Living: Tips from a designer

Small Apartment In New York Whether you’re a college student, an artsy couple or a hipster, you’ll love apartment living. One city that’s absolutely famous for it’s apartments would definitely be New York. With 27,000 people per square mile the city has to grow vertically, and only way to go is with apartments. You have small apartments with the basic stuff, carpet, paper thin walls, and one or two windows. Then you have those with fancy flooring, exposed brick and large windows all the way around. We may not all live in New York but wouldn’t you like to have a nice New York styled apartment? Keep reading because i’m going to share all the secrets of New York living with you.

I found myself looking at a New York apartment real estate website, I chose apartments that were for rent and under $1,000. Let me tell you, there are some GORGEOUS apartments for rent for just under $1,000 in New York. Brick walls, pendant lights over the bar, huge windows, hardwood flooring, for only $1,000 a month! Uh, Yes Please!

To be certain, at the low price point, the apartment is bound to be small.  So, how in the world can you get everything you want in your tiny apartment? If you rent, your options are limited but if you have bought your condo-apartment, you’re free to go wild!


Apartment Therapy 101:

Chapter One: The Backsplash

The backsplash, you know, the tile behind the stove, sink, and kitchen counter. That’s where the messes usually end up, right? Well, when you’re renting an apartment you may look at your backsplash like it’s a creepy reminder of 1970. Maybe it’s even floor tiles to match the flooring in the kitchen whatever it may be, don’t fret. there’s plenty of temporary solutions that can and will help you and your kitchen. These are some of my favorite temporary backsplash solutions, not even the landlord can argue with you on these stylish ideas:

  • Vinyl decals
  • Faux Tiles
  • Fabric adhered with liquid starch
  • Clear Vinyl
  • Removable wallpaper tiles
  • Removable tile backsplash

If you own your apartment a creative idea is to paint the backsplash with chalkboard paint, you can draw memos, calendars, menus, etc. so your family knows whats going on as soon as they enter the kitchen.

Chapter Two: Ugly Flooring

So your flooring in your apartment is ugly hard to deal with? No Problem. There’s so many solutions to this problem because it’s not uncommon for you to have wall to wall carpet in a small apartment, and we all know what happens to carpet. It stains..EASILY. Your dog has an accident, your kid spills their juice, your friends drop their wine, whatever it is, it will be stained! But there’s many answers to this issue. For Example:

  • Carpet Tiles
  • Temporary vinyl flooring
  • Floor cloths for kitchen floors
  • Laminate flooring over carpet

These are all good solutions but my favorite has to be the laminate flooring over the carpet, sounds different but looks great! It will have the classy wood floor look but you’ll be able to remove it when you leave.

Chapter Three: Windows

Windows are the one thing you’ll get natural light from, the thing that you’ll look out to see the world changing around you, don’t let them be ugly. Windows are like people, they’re all unique and come in all shapes and sizes. Dress them uniquely, by that I meant, pick the right window treatment for your window. There are so many different types of window treatments in this world from fabric to wooden blinds. Here are a few of my favorite window treatment picks:

  • Roman shades
  • Louvered shutters
  • Setbacks
  • Cafe
  • Thick wooden blinds

In my home, I have a pulldown blackout shade and lace. At night, I will pull down the shade for privacy and during the day I’ll pull the shade up and just leave the lace in front of the windows. It adds a nice dreamy light to the room at sunrise and also let’s in just enough air during the day so I don’t even have to turn on the A/C.

Chapter Four: Walls

So you look around  at your plain jane walls, so how are you going to do them? There are many ways to create beautiful walls besides just paint and paneling. How? Here’s just a few of the many ways:

  • Vinyl wall decals
  • Fabric
  • Wrapper paper
  • Temporary wallpaper
  • Decorative masking tape
  • Tiles 

Need some reassurance about the renter’s wallpaper? Click here for a post reassuring you that it is a good idea! Use your imagination for this part of your apartment rehab and have fun with it, these are your walls. Let them tell your story, add pictures over eyesores and make them nice!

Chapter Five: Decorating

This is mainly your own decisions coming into play. It’s your style and choices. But for me, I tend to have a vintage style so my decorating tips are a bit more do it yourself and keep it classy abut cheap. Some things I’ve done in my home to decorate on a cheap budget was by:


If you’d like more on how to make your apartment better, then continue reading the posts on this blog, they’ll help you in so many ways when it comes to making your apartment living experience better everyday! Click here if you’d like to browse through some awesome decorative items for your home


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