10 Stylish Decor Swaps to Take Your First Apartment to the Next Level

published May 25, 2022
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Decorating your first place can feel super liberating after going along with your parents’ design aesthetics or living within the limited confines of a dorm room. Gone are the days when you have to settle for dorm room duds, like a rickety desk or a boring (and let’s be honest, only mildly functional) shoe rack. Instead, you’re free to dress your place to the nines with decor and accessories that finally feel like you, creating an apartment that truly embodies the meaning of home.

Still, starting from scratch in a new place can be daunting, so the impulse to choose the most basic stuff to just “get it done” is totally valid. Even if you start with neutral foundational pieces, there are plenty of fun decorative accessories out there to add a punch of personality to your space. Case in point? These pretty picks from Bed Bath & Beyond. Not only do they marry quality and affordability to suit your post-grad needs, but they’re stylish enough to serve as eye-catching upgrades in any room of your home. Check out a few of our favorite ways to level up the design factor in your first apartment, below.

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Rugs are an easy way to instantly add personality to your space. If you find your living room or bedroom is lacking a little something, chances are a funky rug might do the trick. We love this serpent-like design from the husband-and-wife duo behind The Novogratz — choose from a few different retro-inspired colored palettes to suit your space perfectly.

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For a decor addition that seamlessly marries form and function, look no further than these gilded decorative hooks. The 3-piece set is perfect for your entryway to streamline your comings and goings (they're a great place to stash things like your keys, extra masks, or Fido's dog leash) or in your bedroom for a bit of extra hanging storage.

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Calm the chaos in any room with these handy storage bins from Bed Bath & Beyond. Each piece comes with a bamboo lid to disguise the contents within and makes stacking multiple bins a breeze. Use them to bring order to your pantry or corral all the skincare must-haves in your self-care routine. They're way more stylish than those plastic bins you were using in your dorm.

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There aren't too many opportunities for design in a rental apartment bathroom, so you should make the most of the decor moments you do have. Enter: This adorable set of bath accessories from Bed Bath & Beyond. Each is made of durable ceramic and coated with a unique glaze to deliver a pearlescent finish that's both glam and timeless. You will have to buy the pieces separately, but it's worth it!

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Upgrade your couch or bed with this plush pillow that features a geometric patchwork design and neutral (but not boring!) palette of cream, taupe, and silvery lilac. Bonus: This piece is designed by UGG, so you know it's about to be cozy, too.

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Storage, but make it aesthetic. This rattan and wood shelf looks like a lucky '70s flea market find but functions perfectly for our current era, with three roomy ledges boasting ample storage space. Use it as a plant rack in your living room, a spot to stash your coveted record collection, or even a stylish way to store your shoes out in the open in your bedroom.

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Turkish cotton is the GOAT when it comes to absorbency and comfort, so it's no surprise that these Bed Bath & Beyond towels earn rave reviews from buyers on both their functionality and comfort factors. The best part? They come in a wide variety of pretty hues — from dark navy to soft lilac — so you can coordinate with whatever you've already got going on design-wise in your bathroom.

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Bid farewell to your flimsy and unsightly plastic shoe rack from college — this baby is about to totally revamp your entryway. The simple yet functional design is roomy, with ample space for your kicks, and minimalistic enough to blend with your existing decor. Need extra storage? Snag two racks and stack 'em for a shoe tower that's sure to fit your entire collection.

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Hot take: Utility carts are the best storage invention hands down. They're just so versatile! This metal design from Bed Bath & Beyond proves that over and over again, with a narrow frame that's perfect for small spaces and caster wheels for easy mobility. Use it as a decked-out spice rack in your kitchen or as a spot to house all your beauty gear in your bathroom. Trust us, you'll never want to go without one again.

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Macrame tapestries are a must for any apartment dweller that considers their design style to be boho. Not only is this textural white design from Bed Bath & Beyond beautiful, but it provides a sneaky way to disguise any unsightly additions around your apartment. Simply hang it over top your electrical box or thermostat and only access it when you need!