21 Beautiful Apartment Bedroom Ideas to Make Your Rental Feel Like Home

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Apartments can be tough to decorate. There are rental rules to navigate, so most of the time you aren’t able to make any major adjustments to your space. But if you want to make your apartment cozier, start with the bedroom

Your bedroom is supposed to be the ultimate spot to rest and relax. It’s important to optimize the space with décor that feels warm, inviting, and can lull you into a good night’s sleep. Through quick fixes like throw blankets and soft lighting, you can turn your bedroom into your own little oasis. To help you make your rental feel more like home, we rounded up 21 cozy apartment bedroom ideas you can try now.

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Drape a Throw Blanket Over Your Bed

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Adding a throw blanket to your bed can not only be aesthetically pleasing but is also great to have around in case you get cold. Whether you add a warm chunky knit blanket or breathable cotton throw, your apartment bedroom can get instantly cozier.

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Add Soothing Candles

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Putting candles in your room is an easy and affordable cozy-space hack. The warm glow of a lit candle instantly creates a soothing environment. You can also find fun candle shapes and designs to use as statement pieces.

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Play With Textures

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Adding details with textures like knits, wool, and faux fur in your apartment bedroom is the perfect way to create a warmer environment. Try a knit pillow, faux fur throw, or shag area rug for a cozier vibe.

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Mix in Plants

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Whether you have a solo plant or an entire indoor jungle, adding greenery to your room can liven up your apartment bedroom. Some plants, like the peace lily or snake plant, even double as air purifiers and can help remove pollutants in your space.

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Use Soft Lighting

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If there’s any room in your home that you want to make calm and relaxing, it’s your bedroom. But it can be tough with the harsh overhead lighting that can come with apartments. To create a more ambient and relaxing environment, you can use soft lighting like elevated string lights or table lamps with dimmers.

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Stock Up on Pillows

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There’s nothing like jumping into bed on a pile of plush pillows. Plus, they can be just as functional and comfortable as they are decorative. Throw pillows, in particular, are a great way to add fun patterns and designs in a minimalist bedroom or create more color continuity in a more maximalist space.

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Keep a Tray Close By

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A bed tray is another practical and decorative piece to add to your room. When you want to sip on tea or coffee, enjoy breakfast in bed, or need an extra surface to place any of your belongings on, a bed tray can be just what you need. And when you’re not using it, you can set it aside on your nightstand or dresser to put any smaller pieces of décor on display.

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Create a Nook

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Creating a little nook in your bedroom can be a place to retreat to whether you want to read, meditate, or simply relax outside of your bed. Adding floor pillows or a comfortable chair to a corner or section of your bedroom can be the perfect designated chill spot.

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Add a Wall or Floor Mirror

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If you have a small apartment bedroom, adding a mirror can open up your space and make it look bigger. You can use a decorative wall mirror with renter-friendly Command strips or add a floor mirror so you don’t have to worry about potential wall damage.

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Make a Gallery Wall

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A gallery wall can be a great opportunity to add a few eye-catching art pieces to your bedroom. But to add more of a personal touch, you can incorporate photos of your favorite memories with your friends and family.

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Use an Essential Oil Diffuser

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Britney Gill

In addition to candles, you can use an essential oil diffuser to fill your bedroom with your favorite scents. Essential oil diffusers can also double as humidifiers, which can be great for colder months when the air is drier.

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Block Out Light With Curtains

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Blackout curtains can make your space as dark as possible, making them ideal for bedrooms. No what time of the day it is, you can shut out light to take a mid-day nap or relax before bed. They’re especially helpful if you live in urban areas and are trying to block out city lights that might keep you up at night.

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Find a Cozy Rug

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If your apartment bedroom has hardwood floors, adding an area rug can add more warmth and softness to the space. It can be more comfortable to stand on, especially first thing in the morning, and is a great way to play with personality by picking different colors, textures, and patterns. Plus, area rugs can help absorb sound and reduce noise, perfect for apartments.

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Incorporate Light Colors for Smaller Bedrooms

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Dark or cool-toned colors may be calming but can make a small apartment bedroom look even smaller. If you’re working with a limited amount of square footage, opt for lighter colors, specifically when it comes to your walls. Keeping your color scheme light in a small bedroom can make it feel bigger and airy.

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Make an Accent Wall

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Gray Space Interior Design

Accent walls with peel-and-stick wallpaper are perfect for renters who want to add depth and a touch of style to their space. By using peel-and-stick wallpaper, you can test out unique patterns and colors without having the stress of damaging walls or having to worry about repainting them if you move out.

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Pick Out a Stylish Headboard

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Headboards are a great way to experiment with style and more personality to your bed. You can try upholstered headboards, like a soft velvet headboard or tufted headboard, or woven styles made with leather or seagrass for an even cozier look.

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Embrace Cool-Toned Colors

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A color scheme using dark or cool-toned colors like blues and greens can create a calming effect in your bedroom. You can add dark colors with accent pieces like throw pillows, blankets, picture frames, and smaller pieces of decor. Or if you want to go all out (and your rental allows it), you can paint your walls your favorite deep shade.

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Curate and Display Thrifted or Vintage Items

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Thrifted or vintage-inspired pieces can make a room look cozier by adding more character to your space with well-loved pieces. Not only is it sustainable to decorate with secondhand items, but curating your bedroom with thrifted finds can give your bedroom a unique, one-of-a-kind look.

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Add Natural Materials Like Wood or Rattan

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Take a page from Scandinavian-inspired decor and bring natural elements indoors using materials like wood, rattan, leather, jute, and stone, to name a few. You can incorporate this into your cozy oasis with wood headboards, live edge bedside tables, jute rugs, ceramics, and more.

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Hide Your Tech in Bedside Tables

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As much as we love technology, it can be distracting and not all that great for getting a good night’s sleep when we use it too close to bedtime. You can use bedside tables with enough storage to stash away your phones, laptops, and other tech gear to keep them out of sight, out of mind as you wind down from the day. And if you have two bedside tables, you can add more storage (and symmetry) to your bedroom.

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Invest in Quality Bedding

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No one wants to sleep in uncomfortable bedding, so if you want a cozy bedroom, quality bedding is a must. With soft duvet covers and breathable bed linens, you can create the ultimate bed you’ll never want to leave.

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