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Whether you’ve just moved into your new apartment or have been there a while and want to freshen things up, these four hot decorating trends are a great way to transform the look of a single room, or your whole place. Pick one design idea, or combine two or more, to make your home an even more beautiful and functional retreat.

Swag Lighting Fixtures

Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you can’t glam up your lighting. Give your pad some swagger with swag lights. These let you add a lighting fixture to a ceiling or wall without hard-wiring, so you can take the fixture with you if you move. An unobtrusive power cord runs across the ceiling and/or down the wall to the nearest outlet. You just position and hang the light, plug it in, and voila! More light and a new decorative focal point to any room. Vendors including Wayfair, Overstock, Destination Lighting, Bellacor, Home Depot, and many more, now sell a wide selection of these versatile lighting fixtures.

A Statement Sofa

In an apartment, the sofa is typically the piece of furniture that has the biggest impact in your living space. If you’re in the market for a new couch, consider one of these on-trend, statement pieces:

  • A buttery, tan leather sofa with clean, mid-century lines
  • Sofas covered in soft, knobbly boucle fabric (it will give your room a couture Chanel vibe)
  • Comfy modular sectionals that can be reconfigured in various ways to fit your space
  • A velvet sofa in a warm, earthy color (think mustard, coral, or ocher)
  • A sofa with curves to soften the often boxy shape of most apartment living rooms

Colored Upholstery in the Kitchen or Dining Room

Brighten your kitchen or dining room with an unexpected pop of color in the upholstery on your bar stools or dining room chairs. Even if the rest of the color scheme in your living area is fairly neutral, a dash of your favorite color can really lift the space and add a sense of whimsy that will elevate your mood and change the vibe. Lean into this trend and go with the Pantone 2020 color of the year: classic blue, with one of these dining chairs from AllModern. Or save some cash and re-cover the seats of your existing stools or chairs yourself.

Fashion-Forward Fabrics

You don’t have to drop big bucks on furniture to have a big impact when it comes to design. Instantly transform the look of almost any room by accessorizing with on-trend fabrics in your drapes, throw pillows, and bedding. Hot, hot, hot for 2020 are chintzy floral prints, natural and raw textures, warm yellows, abstract or artistic motifs, and rich velvets in earthy colors. Tapestry and embroidered fabrics are also making a comeback. These are easy and relatively inexpensive to swap out seasonally or whenever you’re ready for another makeover.

Have fun redecorating and browse the Olympus at Ross blog for more great lifestyle ideas.