3 Ways To Make Your Apartment Feel Like A Home

3 Ways Millennials Can Make An Apartment Feel Like Home On A Budget - The Confused Millennial

Happy Monday friends!

Some exciting news: WE'RE MOVING!!! and since you guys loved the cleaning hacks post so much, I've teamed up with my friends at LIK Squared to share some more fun home hacks with you! Today we are talking about 3 easy ways to make your apartment (or living space) feel more like a home!

Backstory: E and I have lived in 100% furnished apartments for the last five years! We literally do not own sheets, a plate, or even a fork! Living in other people's home's with other people's things around us for so many years has left us feeling like guests in someone else's home, and craving a homey space of our own. A few years back I got fed up and decided we needed to get creative on how to make our apartment feel like home (on a budget no less, without damaging/getting rid of our landlord's stuff).

I know we can't be the only ones struggling with this because right now we are actually moving into our first UNfurnished place and $$$ is tiiiight so we aren't getting things that exactly match our taste or feel super homey to us if you know what I mean…

So how do you make your living space actually feel like a home, without breaking the bank?


Here are three easy ways:

1. Get Clear On The Mood You Are Trying To Create.

While replacing furniture to get that “rustic” or “coastal” vibe just right may not be in the cards, you can still create a feeling by investing in a few quality pieces. In our case, we love a cozy laid back vibe, #saltlife, which is why ditching the dorm room posters and hanging a gorgeous acrylic print by photographer Peter Lik was exactly what we needed (excuse the glare of my window on the picture, like I said I am working in a small space dreaming of overhead light some day ?).

Peter Lik is a world-renowned, award-winning photographer (seriously he's sold multiple photos for over $1 million, and holds four spots in the twenty most expensive photographs ever sold) – and in July 2016 he launched Liksquared.com – Where you can purchase high quality, lightweight, ready to hang, acrylic prints of his work.


2. Bring in nature. 

A simple and easy way to breathe fresh air into a space is by bringing in greenery and flora. Something as simple as keeping fresh flowers around can make a big change. They warm up the space, and allow you to play with the colors and style to fit the mood you are trying to create.



3. Switch out knick knacks. 

We have spent the last five years in one bedroom apartments which consisted of a bedroom, and living room. No formal dining room, no den, usually just one wall dividing the two rooms. Which means our living room is a major focal point. By switching out the accessories in a room you can easily add a personal touch.



In this case, we stored our landlord's couch cushions in a closet and spruced up the area with throw pillows and blankets that matched our style. We also added picture frames of personal moments. Find the knick knacks you can switch out easily to pull in elements of the mood you are trying to create (read: #1).


How have you made your living space a home? Let me know in the comments!

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Thank you so much to Lik Squared for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

91 thoughts on “3 Ways To Make Your Apartment Feel Like A Home”

  1. Congrats on your move — very exciting! These are great tips, good to use even if you’re NOT moving! A spruce-up every once in a while is a good thing!

  2. I love the mood you created! I’m so all over the place with my decor since everything is from places I’ve traveled too… Going to have to figure out how to tie it all in!

  3. Tuck and I are moving after graduation and it is also hitting me that we have only lived in furnished apartments. These are great tips for me to hold onto as we start looking at pieces to fill our new apartment. P.S. Love the Half-Blood Prince 😉 xox

  4. It can definitely be hard to make apartments feel like home when you’re moving around a lot as a young millennial! You have some great tips here! I love adding special sentimental touches that don’t break the bank to my living space, and shopping at home goods stores!

    xoxo A

    1. Haha fo’ sho’! Mine too! I saw that print and was like “I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE!”

    1. Lol thank you! It definitely makes the apartment hunt more stressful (since it limits your inventory) but it’s been worth it up to this point!

  5. I have never lived in a pre-furnished apartment, I didn’t even realize that was still a thing! I love tip #2 – plants and flowers always make a space feel happier to me!

    1. Lol yup!!! And we have loved it since we never have had to buy a fork even! haha

  6. YES I LVOE THESE IDEAS!! I also agree that adding some nature elements is the best!

  7. I love how your styled your apartment! I also made sure my apartments felt like home. It made it so much better to come home to.

    1. Thank you! It really makes SUCH a difference when you can make the space feel like it’s your own!

  8. stephanieabills

    Love the advice! I love bringing in as much nature into my place as possible. There is nothing more calming than having fresh flowers in my room to help purify the air and just bring a happy vibe.

  9. So cozy! I love your space! I love bringing flowers in, too! It definitely makes it more home-y! 🙂

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