March 31, 2021

5 Ways to Make Your Apartment Style Sing

Whether you’re decorating your new 1133 Hope apartment or simply sprucing up your style for the season, there are a lot of options. From wallpapering a room to adding a splash of color to a muted scheme, you can make a grand statement with sweeping changes or small ideas. Here are some tips for zhuzhing up your space with DTLA panache.

Poketo Candlesticks
Photo courtesy Poketo

Pop With Color

Pantone’s color of the year is actually two — the bright yellow Illuminating contrasted with Ultimate Gray — which seems fitting for everything we’ve been dealing with during a pandemic. The pairing is meant to elicit hope, something we all need right now. Sherwin-Williams wasn’t that far off, with their pick of Urbane Bronze for 2021. The gray schemes offer good backgrounds on walls or textiles, with complementary yellows, pastels and jewel tones for accent pillows, window dressings, and carpets. 

Think: Pillows from Hawkins New York, which you can find at Row DTLA; citrus-yellow dinnerware from West Elm; and gorgeous green or yellow glass candlestick holders from Poketo.

West Elm wallpaper
Photo courtesy West Elm

Deck the Walls

Thanks to Cottagecore, chintz, florals and other trends popping up everywhere these days, you may have wallpaper envy. It’s one of the easiest ways ot make a statement in a room, weather it’s papering one wall, the ceiling, or even a nook. You don’t even need to commit to hanging wallpaper on the walls — decoupage a piece of furniture, like the top of a desk, coffee table or bookshelves, or even frame a geometric shape or hang a scroll for easy DIY wall art.

Think: Landscape wall murals or wall decals from West Elm; designer paper from Kelly Wearstler; and this silvery Mid-Century mod look from Joss & Main.

Photo courtesy A+R

Light It Up!

Lighting is the most important element to a room. It’s not just how much brightness it gives, but the design matters. Whether it’s a table lamp or central hanging light, you can make a big impact with just the right fixture. Mix and match styles, hit the vintage stores and flea markets, pursue Etsy and E-Bay — you’ll know what you want as soon as you see it. 

Think: Knotted hanging lights over the dining room table are completely au courant, or think green with this bubble design; invest in smart lighting to make it easy for dimming; find just the right chandelier at Rejuvenation in DTLA; or just find your fancy at A+R.

Sunbeam Vintage Sofa
Photo courtesy Sunbeam Vintage

Make a Statement

Sometimes you only need one really stunning piece of furniture to make the most impact in a room. Curved sofas are in, as are natural elements like wicker and rattan. Create a wow moment with an incredible headboard for the bedroom. Side chairs become conversation pieces in the living room. A vintage coffee table can add a splash paired with contemporary design.

Think: A dusty rose loveseat from Sunbeam Vintage; cool blue accent chairs from Article; or this awesome walnut coffee table from Rejuvenation.

Lettuce Grow Planter
Photo courtesy Lettuce Grow

Grow Your Own

You already know how important it is to add plants to your pad, but just because you’re in one of the city’s newest hi-rise buildings doesn’t mean you can’t grow your own herbs and even vegetables. They all add a touch of color, shades of living greens, and they add bounty to your kitchen.

Think: Potted herbs, like thyme, basil and oregano, are great for any sunny windowsill; try planting tomato plants or peppers on the balcony; or go baller with a vertical hydroponic garden stand.