How To Decorate Your Apartment Like A Millennial


It’s all about the ~aesthetic~

Millennials are a fickle bunch, or so we’ve been told. Social media addicts, bad with money, anti-marriage, etc. We might be all of those things, but one thing’s for damn sure, we know how to curate. Specifically—for those no longer living in their childhood bedrooms—we’re serious about curating our living spaces. Okay, and our Instagram accounts. Whatever.

There’s an unofficial formula that goes into fine-tuning a millennial apartment’s aesthetic. Less is usually more (except when it comes to plants, in which case more is always more), little trinkets are encouraged, as is affirmation artwork; oh, and bonus points if your living or bedroom includes exposed brick. Now, you’re really millennial-ing.

On a serious note, there are certain items we’ve seen pop up in a lot of friends-of-a-certain-age's homes. And, that’s not a bad thing. When I was putting this story together, I noticed that I, too, own 80 percent of what's listed. We may be particular when it comes to certain things, but we’re consistent. And caring about our living space is a vital form of self-care, particularly in these stressful days.

Click through to see the pieces that make up a true millennial’s living quarters.


Ah, the bedroom, where the magic happens. Your bed is covered with a white comforter that you have to wash every month, but it looks so good on social. You hang your clothes on a rack to show them off, despite having a closet, because they’re pieces of art and deserve an audience. You have a desk that you swear you’re going to utilize when you work from home, but somehow end up neglecting for your bed, time and time again. So, instead, it doubles as a place where your dirty clothes pile up. Above it, a corkboard riddled with inspirational cutouts and quotes for your off-days. We’ve also got crystals for good vibes, a floor-length mirror for prime #ootd snaps, and if your apartment doesn’t include a record player, are you even a millennial?

1. Elmer's Foam Board, $56.99, available at Joann

2. ABC Home, Glass Jug Pendant, $585-$750, available at ABC Home

3. Honey-Can-Do, Expandable Steel Rolling Garment Rack, $19.38, available at Home Depot

4. Ikea, Mongstad Mirror, $99.99, available at Ikea.

5. Crosley, Spinnerette Portable Turntable, $129.99, available at Target.  

6. FoxLark, Large Rose Quartz Point, $118, available at Etsy

7. Urban Outfitters, Factory Side Table, $69, available at Urban Outfitters

8. Clara Clark, All-Season Down Alternative, $39.49, available at Overstock

9. Urban Outfitters, Saints Desk, $349, available at Urban Outfitters

10. Structube, Luxe Dining Chair, $63, available at Structube