Living in the midst of beautiful art is bound to put you in a better frame of mind and make your day a lot better. To decorate your shared apartment, one needs a lot of brainstorming. After the year we’ve had, we could all use some pleasant changes, right? Now we know what you’re thinking – do you have any idea what that costs? Bear with us- we can give you 4 home decor ideas for a shared apartment even on a budget.

The ability to make somebody feel something: that’s art. However you look at it, whether you’re an author, a painter, a singer, a rapper, a spoken-word artist – art.


Let’s start with the whole notion of art itself. It’s not just Picassos and Jackson Pollocks. As Wale so expertly explains above, art makes you feel something. So it’s not restricted to a framed piece or even something that’s bought. Look within to find something that stirs your soul. The golden light of sunset? Sunflowers that remind you of home? A photograph of your dear ones? A cherished letter? Then you find something that channels that feeling. Here are a few ideas to get you going:

1. Neon signage

One of the best things about signage is that it can say anything you want it to. It can be an inside joke that makes you smile every time you see it. Or it can remind you of your favorite bar back home or be reaffirming. It also doesn’t have to break the bank as it can be a weekend DIY project!

We love LED signage because it channels an edgy, New York City vibe home decor. Choose from chalkboard signage, 3-D paper lettering, or marquee signage.

2. An artful gallery of personal moments

As we look back on our lives, memories stand out. Family gatherings in your backyard or days out with your friends. What could be more soulful than a gallery of the significant moments in your life?

You can choose uniform frames to hold the pawprints of that furry friend who stole your heart, a pressed flower from your garden at home, or movie stubs from the day out with your friends. It could be anything as long as it really makes you feel something. Frame it so you can remind yourself of the good times.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton

3. Apartment decor meets art

This idea is great for the public spots within shared apartments, especially for making them picture-perfect. Create ‘corners’ of art with a variety of textures, colors, and home decor pieces.

Roommates can merge elements that are personally meaningful to them. Think pops of color, artistically positioned mirrors, or flowers. This is a collaborative process to help you learn more about your roommates and bring you closer together.

Related: Why Natural Sunlight Is Apartment Decor & Therapy In One

4. Decorating with plants

Isn’t art trying to recreate nature after all? Why have a painting of a sunflower when you can have the sunflower itself blooming in your living room?

Apartment decor and plants are a duo that will work in all spaces: small apartments, large apartments, shared apartments, and even in your own room! Imagine being able to feast your eyes on a truly green space whenever you want. Using plants in home decor is a trend that we’re happy to get behind!

Whether you purchase art worth thousands of dollars or frame a drawing made by your little niece- you’re looking for pieces that move you. We recommend decorating shared apartments with pieces that aim to uplift those who live in them.

Just like art does.

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