Millennials, listen up. We’re guessing there’s a chance you’d rather spend your hard-earned dough on things like travel, concert tickets, or plain-old rent. If you’re short on cash or just allocating your disposable income to endeavors that don’t involve aspiration accent chairs, we’ve got a few easy home essentials that will still have your place looking and feeling like a palace. Your environment is important. Curating an adult abode is an art form, yes, but it doesn’t necessarily need to break the bank.
We culled our favorite apartment upgrades from Urban Outfitters to bring you a one-way ticket (and one-stop shop) to adulting in style. These simple investment pieces promise to take your living experience up a notch. They’re also items you’ll have for years down the road. From building out a vinyl library to turning your bathroom into a five-star hotel, these small additions make a big impression.
Upgrade your living room and home office with collected books that echo your personal aesthetic. Ryan McGinley’s imaginative and ethereal photographs make for perfect coffee table fodder.
Wallpaper works wonders—just check out Carlson Young’s hip DTLA loft. The starlet used a stylish print to cover her kitchen island. Chasing Paper’s ingenious removable designs are ideal for renters and commitment-phobes alike.
A home sound system is one investment you’ll be sure to get plenty of wear out of, and a must for entertaining. Throw some cash at a turntable and speakers.
Nothing instantly changes the mood of a space like good lighting. Install dimmer switches and swap out standard fixtures for more-artful additions.
Art collecting might just be our favorite sport. Shop pieces that hold a sentimental value to you. You’ll keep them for years to come. For some inspiration, check out our list of the 20 best places to shop for art online.
It’s a minor tweak, but opting for thoughtful and stylish editions of common household appliances majorly boosts the decorative appeal of your kitchen. We especially love Smeg’s nostalgic retro vibe for a throwback.
From higher–thread count sheets to luxurious guest towels, upgrading your home linens will give your place that five-star hotel feeling.
If you’re a novice in the kitchen, invest in appliances that make cooking at home all too easy. You’ll save major bucks making your own meals. And we just so happen to have a list of recipes every 20-something should know how to make.
There’s no substitute for vinyl. Build out your collection with vintage favorites as well as modern must-haves. It will entice you to spend more nights in, feathering your nest.
Graduate from the ultra-low-maintenance of air plants and commit to cultivating your green thumb with some live houseplants. Add in a sleek and architectural planter for bonus points.
If there’s one thing we learned from The Big Lebowski, it’s that a rug can really tie a room together. Invest in an artful and subtle pattern to bring a dose of chic to the space.