Need ideas for NYC apartment decor? NYC apartments have so much charm and character that it’s easy to make your space chic. All you need is the right decor. We have ideas for every sized apartment – from studios to penthouses.
17 NYC Apartment Decor Ideas to Steal for Your Chic Home
1. Bright and Neutral
This NYC apartment is so cozy and inviting, thanks to all of the natural light and neutral colors. The minimalistic furniture adds function to the space without making it feel too crowded.
We love the round table and round-back chairs. The modern sofa is another great addition to the space, and the round side table complements the dining room area. The jute rug adds texture for a more inviting space. A smartly placed dresser in the dining room adds storage space while making the room feel comfortable.
2. Traditional Style
This apartment living room makes the most of all of its space while still managing to feel chic and welcoming. The cute bistro table in the corner creates a cozy space to eat, and the beige curtains soften the space.
The dresser doubles as a TV stand and storage. The coffee table matches and the bookshelf along the wall adds even more storage and charm. We love the colorful throw rug in the living room and the tall lamp next to the TV.
3. Cozy Lounge Space
The beauty of NYC apartment decor is that anything goes. This creative little lounge space allows you to converse with your guests and even enjoy meals without feeling like a formal space.
The piano against the wall creates space for entertainment, and the black and white framed photos give this space a diner-like feel.
4. Hug From Grandma
Grandma’s home was warm and inviting, and this space offers you that same feel. You’ll find a large, white shelf on the left filled with books, towels and a few drinks for your guests. The rustic wooden table fits the space along with the white sofa.
5. Simple Studio Décor
Don’t you just want to hop on this bed and take a nap? You’ll find a ton of pillows on the bed and a soft throw rug on the floor. The standing table has books, frames and a bulb lamp that make it feel like an upscale hotel room.
A comfortable chair sits right past the table and looks to be the perfect choice when sitting down to take your shoes off at night.
6. 300-square-foot Studio
You can only see a small portion of this studio, but what you do see is a very welcoming space that makes the studio feel large. We love the comforter’s color choice, which is a toned-down mustard color.
7. 250-square-foot Design Concept
If there’s one thing that this design teaches us, it’s that you don’t need a lot to make this space feel like home. Minimal additions are added to the space, such as thin bookshelves, arched lamp and mirrors.
Add a few pictures to the wall and a jute rug, and you’ll have a very comfortable space to call home.
8. City Chic Design
Large windows and wooden floors really complement this NYC apartment decor, but you can pull it off in most spaces. You’ll find most of the furniture items are very light cream or white-colored. If you have kids or pets, you may want to opt for gray, or you’ll need to clean these pieces often.
A unique throw rug on the floor and table allows you to place books or television remotes on them while relaxing on the couch. The large, mid-century hanging light may be difficult to recreate, depending on your apartment’s rules.
9. Pret-a-Provost Inspired
If this is really the person’s first apartment decoration, they absolutely killed it. You’ll notice pink is used a lot in the décor, but you can swap this color out for any cool color, and it should work fine.
10. Studious Apartment Decorations
Upscale and studious screams New York, especially with this apartment’s windows in the back. You’ll notice quite a few things going on in this room, including a small peach sofa with a super-cute seashell pillow that adds so much contrast.
A large bookcase (or add three of these together) with storage on the side creates a studious feel, but you will need to fill the shelves with your books and maybe a plant or some flowers.
Complete the look with plants, a throw rug and a cork stool.
11. Tropical-chic Apartment
When you look at this apartment, you almost feel a beach vibe going on. Living in NYC, all you need to do is rent an Airbnb in Jones Beach and you’ll know exactly what I mean. This room may be small, but it has a lot going on, with a punch of color in every corner.
A cute, small stool and a barrel chair are in the room. If you have to work, there’s a desk with a monitor in the corner and a beautiful corner lamp adds ambiance to the room when the overhead lighting is too much.
12. 280 Square-foot Studio Décor
Many apartments in New York have this kitchen setup, and if your apartment’s kitchen looks similar, you can quickly mimic this look. You’ll need a few items to get started, primarily:
- 2 (or more) industrial stools for the kitchen bar
- Side chair
- Kitchen pot hanger
- Circular, gold-trim mirror
- Standing table
13. Living Room / Office Combo
NYC apartment decor fits a lot of functionality into a small space. You have to design your room to work around leisure and productivity, and this is a prime example of how to do this with a professional design touch.
First, you’ll notice that in the corner, there’s a computer desk and chair. Hanging plants around the room helps bring the outdoors indoors in this pin. A large bookshelf can hold all of your books and provides the perfect backdrop if you’re on Zoom.
A white, fluffy area rug separates the space and offers you the “living room.” You have a coffee table in the middle of the room and a nice sofa. We imagine that in the area that you cannot see, there is likely a television on the wall or on a stand.
14. Artist’s Cozy Apartment
If you have an eclectic style and love adding pops of color to your space (think pink or orange), then you’ve found the perfect décor to recreate. You will need quite a few items for this design, starting with the pink sofa (this one or this one are good alternatives).
You’ll then want a lamp with a green base to place on the small side table next to the couch.
Add in a colorful area rug and your space really comes together. Picture frames are used extensively to fill the wall behind the sofa, and you’ll also notice a retro dresser that doubles as a television stand that works perfectly in the space.
15. Quintessential Brooklyn Brownstone
A Brooklyn brownstone is one of the most sought-after types of homes in New York. You’ll notice that these homes tend to have larger ceilings, often 13 feet high, so they can make even a small space feel large.
And you can make the space appealing with just a few items:
Add in some throw pillows, a lamp and carpet, and you’ve just about recreated this look. Natural light is crucial in this design because it helps brighten up the darker brown TV stand.
16. 325-square-foot NYC Studio
NYC apartment decor like this is perfect. You almost feel like you’re in an upscale lobby, and you’ll only need a few items to get started:
Color and placement are what truly give this room its appeal, with beautiful contrasts between the sofa, throw rug, pillows and blankets.
17. Studio Perfection in NYC
Studio apartments rarely look this inviting. First, the beautiful hardwood floors will be challenging to recreate without a major renovation, but the rest is perfect down to every last detail.
Notice the wallpaper on the backside of the bed. It’s meant to act as a separator for the room. Choose any pattern you like, but this floral one matches the Pin very well. The unicorn head on the wall is quirky and fun, along with the glass table, hanging lights, corner organizer and small loveseat.