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How to Decorate Your First Apartment

Congratulations! You've just gotten the keys to your first apartment—a milestone worth celebrating. At Armstrong Design Collective, we understand the exhilaration and challenges that come with this new chapter in your life, having lived in bustling cities ourselves and now being based in the vibrant heart of downtown Nashville. Drawing from our experiences, we're here to guide you through the process with our mantra: "Small Space, Big Life."


Here are some of our favorite tips and tricks that we use when decorating apartments for our clients:


Bedroom in Nashville apartment

Start with a Vision.

Before diving into décor decisions, take some time to envision how you want your apartment to look and feel. Consider your lifestyle, personal tastes, and any functional needs. Are you drawn to minimalist elegance, bohemian charm, or modern sophistication? Let your imagination run wild and dream up your ideal living space.


Maximize Space Efficiency.

In a small apartment, every square inch counts. Opt for furniture pieces that serve multiple functions, such as a sofa bed or a coffee table with built-in storage. Embrace vertical storage solutions like shelves and hooks to free up valuable floor space and keep clutter at bay.


Keep It Light and Bright.

Natural light can work wonders in making a small space feel airy and inviting. Keep window treatments sheer and light to maximize sunlight exposure, and strategically place mirrors to bounce light around the room and create the illusion of spaciousness.


Create a Vision Board.

Take advantage of online tools like Pinterest and Instagram to gather inspiration and create vision boards for your apartment décor. Explore different styles, color schemes, and layout ideas to help narrow down your preferences and visualize how they might come together in your space.


Living room with black couch, pillows and small dog

Personalize with Purpose.

Inject your personality into your apartment through décor and accessories that speak to your interests and passions. Whether it's displaying cherished mementos, showcasing your favorite artwork, or incorporating pops of color with throw pillows and rugs, let your space reflect who you are and what brings you joy.


Seek Professional Guidance.

Decorating your first apartment can be overwhelming, but you don't have to go it alone. Armstrong Design Collective is here to lend our expertise and turn your design dreams into reality. Our team of experienced professionals understands the nuances of small space living and can help you create a stylish and functional home that you'll love coming back to day after day.


It can be helpful to have a team that you can trust. We can help transform your space into a sanctuary where you can truly thrive. Contact us today to learn more about how we can handle the designing for you and turn your vision into a reality!

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