A home makeover doesn’t always mean paintbrushes and power tools. An easy, affordable way to improve your home’s appearance is adding well-chosen, unique home accessories. If you’re looking to improve a rented apartment, home accessories allow you to change your decor style without making irreversible changes – and you can take them with you when you move, too. So whether you prefer statement, handmade pieces or smaller accessories, here’s our guide to the best home accessories for your apartment.
Throws and cushions are some of the most versatile home accessories. You can layer them, swap them easily if you want to refresh your space, and use them to add interest to countless pieces of furniture: beds, sofas, chairs. Choose a simple cotton throw for your spare bedroom or lesser-used family room. While a cosy black wool throw works well on sofas and beds that you use regularly, especially during the winter months. Then, choose cushions in complementary or contrasting colours – a blue cotton cushion works well with shades of grey, dark blue or yellow – depending on how bold your interior look is.
Rugs are one of the most expensive home accessories, but also one of the most important to get right, especially in high traffic areas. That’s why we like to go for handwoven rugs – they’re one-of-a-kind, making a real statement wherever you put them. Add a colourful woven runner to a plain hallway to increase its cosiness. A monochrome handwoven rug brings Nordic charm to muted living rooms. Or if your decor scheme is more playful, choose a bright Moroccan rug to create an inviting living or sleeping space.
When it comes to apartments, it’s important to let there be light – they’re usually on the smaller side compared to houses, so adding lamps and wall lights is a must. There’s lots of styles to choose from, like copper table lamps for your industrial study, or vintage wooden lamps for a more traditional style living room. Play with different colours and textures on top of bare surfaces for maximum ambience and impact.
A statement vase adds ample character, making it another of our favourite home accessories for your apartment. And as with lamps, a little searching will uncover a vase that suits your interior decor style. This studded black vase looks good in industrial kitchens or contemporary living rooms. While a standout monochrome patterned vase adds contemporary or traditional charm, depending what other pieces you style it with.
Wall art comes in all shapes and sizes, and doesn’t always mean a picture in a frame. So if your apartment’s walls are looking empty, adding wall art is a really easy way to up your space’s character. A patterned decorative plate is a unique home accessory for kitchens and dining rooms. Or choose something more modern, like a colourful, graphic print, to make your bedroom feel more like home.