How To Make Your First Apartment Actually Look Grown Up

Bye, shower caddy!

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Decorating your first apartment is a big freaking deal. Dorm life is (thankfully) behind you, and you'll want to rid yourself of the memories of white boards, extra-long sheets, and mini fridges forever. These tips will help make sure your first apartment looks totally grown up, but still young, fun, and vibrant.

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All The Airy Vibes

Nothing shows you're adulting like window treatments that aren't made of paper or plastic. Add flowing fabric curtains (or even Roman shades) to make your space feel more polished.

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Color (But Not Too) Crazy

If you start with a neutral base then mix in color, your space will feel sophisticated, rather than childish. No one wants an apartment that looks like a box of Crayolas melted all over the place.

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Rugs That Double As Art

"They're artwork for the floor!" says Amber Lewis of . "Rooms that have many layers feel more sophisticated than those that are one-dimensional. Area rugs are a great way to help define different areas within a space as well as add a pop of color, pattern and texture."

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Gallery Wall Goals

Even if you're actually ready to tackle a gallery wall (the anxiety is real), you definitely should swap out your college paraphernalia for some new artwork. You may not have the income to splurge on a statement piece or two just yet, but there are totally easy ways to DIY some gorg wall art.

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Build A Better Bedroom

After working hard all day, you need a space to come home to that'll give you total relaxation. Invest in a comfy mattress, soft rugs, cozy linens, and lots of throw pillows.

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Let There Be Light

Replacing builder-grade light fixtures is super quick and easy, but it has a ton of impact. You can completely change the look and feel of a space with a few new pendants, a chandelier, or a sconce.

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Heads Up!

Not only will a headboard serve as a focal point in your bedroom, but it'll be a major upgrade from your dorm days. You'll never have to rest your head against the wall ever again.

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Lighten Up

Paint can totally impact how large your space feels. A white wall color can help make your (likely) small apartment feel bigger. Bonus: It's easy to paint over when you move out!

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Divide and Conquer

If you live in a studio, dividing your living and sleeping areas is the best way to make the place where you crash feel more like home. Get creative with room separators, opting for screens, benches, or even a tall bookcase.

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The Bolder, The Better

Go bold in tiny spaces, like your bathroom. Putting up wallpaper in a small space is manageable, and there's plenty of that are perfect for renters.

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