A home with bare walls is hardly a home. You can deck out your place with the fanciest designer digs and the décor will still fall flat without a little wall art. If you’re living in a tiny apartment, painting your walls or putting up wallpaper might not be at the top of your priority list, especially if you’re renting. And we get it. Decorating your walls is a huge commitment—any kind of wall treatment is hard work to put up, and just as difficult to remove. But if you truly want your home to feel like home (and we think you should,) taking the time to decorate your walls is 100% worth the effort.
Some things to remember when you’re using wallpaper in your small apartment:
- Often one or two accent walls will suffice. Plastering a whole room with a busy print will overwhelm your space.
- Opt for large prints. They trick the eye into perceiving a foreground and background, making walls look farther away.
- Don’t follow the rules. Some will tell you to stay away from busy prints altogether, but we think they’re the best part! The great thing about using wallpaper in a small space? You won’t have to purchase as much. So have fun with it!
Now that we’ve got that covered, here are some fun wallpapers that will make your tiny apartment look like a mansion:
- Create a brick backsplash
Exposed brick looks chic and minimalist, and if your apartment doesn’t feature any, you’re not out of luck. Wallpaper is an instant faux-brick solution. Buy it here:
- Get back to your roots (and branches)
Remember what we said about embracing bold prints? Here’s your opportunity. Create a forest accent wall or turn a whole room (think small here—bathroom or kitchen) into a nature oasis.
- Create a brilliant little nook
A little wallpaper can go a long way here. If you don’t have a ton of space, using wallpaper in the little nooks and crannies of your home will not only work to designate separate spaces, but will add pops of color and design throughout your home. You can really get crazy with patterns here, since it’s such a small space. Try putting up bold designs behind your desk, in your laundry room, or in your entryway.
- Go floral
If you’re really looking to make a statement, go floral. Floral patterns add elegance to any space—no matter how small. A black or dark colored background will really make the colors pop, and it’ll add dimension to your space. Large, detailed prints work best here or here.
- Put it behind—or on—shelving
Wallpaper isn’t just for walls! Paste it to the inside of a bookshelf or create a shelving unit on your wall with a bold print as your backdrop. This is a super simple way to add some color to your space without going overboard, and it’s another place you can go for bold, busy prints here, here or here.
- Jazz up your entryway
Your entryway is the first thing a person sees when they walk into your home. And it’s a nice, small space where you can get creative. Try out some fun geometric patterns here.
Now go forth and give those walls some life! And if you’re looking for another way to open up your tiny space, consider putting some furniture in storage with urBin Storage. They’ll come to you, pick up your items, and store them until you’re ready for them again. Then, they’ll bring them right back to you!