26 Products To Help Add More Personality To A Small Apartment

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1.A pair of artsy bookends that’ll look elegant while working hard to keep your books from toppling off your shelf and accidentally knocking you out.


Promising review: “I love these bookends! I wanted something simple, and not too busy on my new bookshelf — these do the trick! They are sleek and look expensive. It would be a great gift, but this pair is mine! Perfect addition to my bookshelf. They arrived neatly packaged, no damage, put them right on the shelf. Would definitely purchase again.” —Mallory

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

2.A blueprint poster of Cinderella’s castle to add a spellbinding touch to your (probably-not-spellbinding-because-you-don’t-have-this-yet) walls.

This print is reimagined from the original artwork! It’s also printed on Fuji Crystal Archive paper so you won’t have to worry about bad quality or sudden tearing.

Promising review: “Wonderful gift for all Disney fans. This feels like a collectible and it’s got a great vintage look. This is a great size too. You could just spend hours exploring this photo. It’s just so cool to have. It is a great way to bring Disney into your home without overpaying for it. Wonderful product.”—Kim

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

3.A sleek stone black cat figurine that’ll look beautiful anywhere you put it and prove to your friends that black cats are *not* unlucky.

This cat is made of onyx and is 4 inches tall.

Promising review: “This was a lovely piece. I ordered it as a birthday gift for a dear friend. If I didn’t love my friend so much, and I had a black cat (like she does) instead of a ginger/white tabby, I would have kept this piece for myself. If you’re looking for a pretty piece or something different and special for a cat lover, I highly recommend.” —Paula Harmon

Get it from Amazon for $18.77.

4.A dumpling snack light to just be way too adorable for its own good. Seriously, look at that lovable little face. Who does it think it is?

This light is small enough to fit in your palm so you can put it anywhere you want but still bright enough to do its job as a mini lamp! It requires 3 AAA batteries (not included) and is made of plastic.

Promising review: “This dumpling lamp was everything I hoped it would be and more! I love that it has a timer and the light is waaay brighter than I thought it would be! Overall, it’s super cute and I love it.” —helena808

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16 (available in two shades and four snack designs).

5.A coffee mug designed with a sloth who totally gets you. Add this to the mug collection on your kitchen counter or show it off on your bookshelf so everyone will get to meet your new sloth friend.

This ceramic mug is microwaveable and dishwasher-safe.

Get it from FoxyMug on Etsy for $15 (available in two sizes and two colors).

6.A cute little elephant planter to add some green to your space because going to the park is just too much work.


There is a drainage hole at the bottom of this planter, and it also comes with a drainage dish for easy planting.

Promising review: “Omg! These are so cute! Bought these as a set for my succulents. Perfect size, well made and nicely detailed (the shapes, the eyes & the noses) and for such an affordable price! Now my friends want these too! Definitely A+. I’m equally happy with the seller. They took extra effort with the packaging. Each succulent pot was individually wrapped twice in bubble wrap & then put in a box. Very professional!” —bookworm

Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in 24 animals and 11 colors).

7.A wall decal of pretty birch trees to give your apartment a fairytale setting so you can pretend you’re a traveller in a dark wood in the middle of winter.

Don’t be intimidated — reviewers love how easy it is to put these up! This set comes with three trees.

Promising review: “I am astounded by the quality of these decals. I had the three trees up within 10 minutes all by myself. I even moved one. It was so easy and so quick to apply! And I can see how they’ll keep sticking after moving them around because I’m a perfectionist and have moved the stickers around dozens of times already! Also, I was afraid the trees wouldn’t be tall enough so I bought two packs. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they were actually too tall and I needed to trim them about an inch! Very impressed. Will buy more.” —Jordan Benson

Get a set from Amazon for $16.79.

8.An antique-style table clock looks like it belongs in a haunted mansion or period piece. Place it any room for an instant (and dramatic) *oomph* in character.


This clock needs only one AA battery to run and features a cool dragon feet stand! Note that while alkaline batteries are fine, it is suggested to use a zinc-carbon AA battery for longer shelf life. While the front of the clock is metal, the access panel in the back is plastic.

Promising review: “Really cute little clock — just as pictured and described. The color is terrific and the little clawed feet are an excellent touch. It arrived well-packaged and in a speedy fashion. All in all, an excellent addition to my living room.” —MMG

Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

9.A striking wall tapestry that will brighten up any room and make you wish you could enter the painting and explore the lake and trees. Guess the park will have to do…

This tapestry is handmade with polyester and fabric edges. It’s also safe for washing.

Get it from wfrancisdesign on Etsy for $26.79.

10.A woven wall hanging for an effortless exhibit of color and pattern on your rather plain (read: dull) room.


This hanging is made with natural materials!

Promising review: “I love how vibrant the colors are. It really adds a splash of fun to my decor. I get so many compliments on this wall hanging.” —Emily C

Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in four designs).

11.A pretty macramé wall mirror to add a boho touch to any room or corner in your apartment. It also looks fancy enough that you can trick everyone into thinking you paid a lot more for it than you actually did.

The mirror comes with a protective film on the glass so remember to peel it off before you get to hanging!

Promising review: “This is an absolutely lovely little mirror. It looks great with my other bohemian decor. The mirror arrived safely and just as expected. Not pictured is its back, where a lattice of rope serves as a hanging mechanism. I recommend installing using a wall hook. The top fringed pennant is wont to droop; just tack it up and it’s good to go. I’m very pleased with this unique purchase.” —Katherine F. Balka

Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in 2 shapes).

12.A small lighted cherry blossom tree that will look absolutely charming in any room and won’t take up too much space. Who needs real flowers that will wilt in two days when you can have tiny LED versions of them?


This tree is safe for both indoor and outdoor use. They also provide you with extra “cherry blossoms” to tack onto the branches. Plus, the branches are bendable so you can shape them to mimic an actual tree!

Promising review: “I purchased this for my daughter. She hates to take her Christmas tree down; now she can have a tree all year. She lives in NYC — needless to say, her apartment is small so this tree is perfect.” —Terry G

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

13.A super cozy, super bright pompom throw blanket for an inviting burst of color to your home. It’s like fruit punch but in blanket form. Now, when you hide behind it while binge-watching the new season of AHS, you can do it in style.

Get it from Nordstrom Rack for $59.97.

14.A brass panel curtain tie-back shaped like tree branches. It’s great for perfecting the whole “fairytale setting” vibe, amirite?

This branch tie-back will require two screws to install.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16.

15.An absolutely magical, almost otherworldly-looking 3D neon lamp that is quite possibly enchanted and might put you under a spell if you stare at it too long.

The lamp is made of wood and acrylic, both environmentally-friendly materials, and is lit by LEDs. If you live in the US, you will need an adapter, as this item ships from Europe and comes with a European plug.

Get it from LandLamp on Etsy for $55 (available in 61 designs).

16.A super cute lamp with a figure of No-Face Man from Spirited Away to guard you through the night and make you smile every time you see it.

It adds a cute kick to your desk or shelf collection, especially for fans of Studio Ghibli and anime in general. Plus, the lamp comes with a replacement bulb!

Promising review: “Really sweet! Got it for my bedside table and a gift. Just as a decoration; it’s my favorite character. Has a cute light on it, but I don’t use it much. Comes with one replacement bulb specific to the figure; a great shelf-item, really cute, got one for my brother too!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

17.A three-tiered floating shelf with wrought iron pipes for a super cool look that can veer toward industrial, rustic, steampunk, vintage, vampirish…the sky’s the limit, they say.

This shelf is hand-forged and specifically designed for small spaces! It is also comes with instructions and plenty of screws, making it easy to install. The pattern of the pipes can also be customized to your liking.

Promising review: “Flawless in my opinion. Very easy to install, did it by myself. Each piece was individually wrapped in bubble wrap, and lots of tape to hold together while shipping, so everything was in good shape and no damage. They are a bit versatile so you can change them up a little to your liking. They are taller than I thought they would be, but that is a good thing.” —M

Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

18.Waterproof fairy lights so any room in your home will instantly be transformed into a dazzling and cozy fairy den.


These lights come in eight modes. Reviewers advise not to untie the twist ties!

Promising review: “The warm glow is just perfect for night time, much better than a bright white light. The lights have a few functions, but I like them to stay on. I bought two sets; I just love these! I might buy a few more sets and put them up along my porch come summer. I am very, very pleased with this purchase! Inexpensive, easy to put up, and they plug in, so I don’t have to keep replacing the batteries!” —Gloria Rose

Get it from Amazon for $15.29.

19.A leafy seat cushion to turn your apartment even more into an indoor plant sanctuary. Also good for when you don’t have room (or money) for another couch. Hacks, anyone?

Get it from H&M for $12.99.

20.A vivid and versatile catchall tray to take care of the small things in your small space and add all the whimsy and color you need in your life.


Get creative by using them as cupcake dishes, drink coasters, or propping them up on your shelf or table to display the artwork! This item is made of metal and is not dishwasher- or microwave-safe.

Promising review: “Soooo cute. These are awesome for little décor for around the house. I use them on my nightstand to hold miscellaneous stuff, but they would go good anywhere, and they make great gifts.” —Desiree Calhoun

Get it from Amazon for $9.25 (available in 12 designs).

21.A crescent moon plant holder so you’ll always have the moon in your home even if you can’t see it out your window because your view is the plain brick wall of the apartment building next door.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16.

22.A fluffy faux fur mini rug for pampering your feet or your butt, depending on where you put it.


This rug is notable for being super soft and easy to clean.

Promising review: “I wanted to spruce up my small living space and was pleasantly surprised by this faux fur rug. Six months on, and it’s not only maintained its softness, it has gone through the wash and maintained its fluff and color. I also put it through the dryer — this is not advised; if you try it yourself, use the coolest setting to avoid ruining the fabric! Friends who sleep over love laying on it, my feet instantly feel better whenever I step into it and, most importantly, the cat approves.” —Tiffany

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in 7 colors, 5 sizes, and 2 shapes).

23.A snarky candle that just tells it like it is and will always get a chuckle out of you and anyone else who sees it.


This candle is long-lasting, made with natural soy wax, and comes in a reusable jar.

Promising review: “Love these candles. The seller, Major Goods, has been great and the candles come very well-packaged and protected. These are very clean burning. NO issues with black soot on walls or shelf. Just keep wick trimmed often. Smells are pleasant and not overwhelming. Good bye Yankee! These are much better for air quality than petroleum-based candles.” —Rachel

Get it from Amazon for $25 (available in 32 labels and scents).

24.A numberless minimalist wall clock for when you still want to make a statement but don’t want to make it look like you tried too hard.

This clock comes ready to be hanged!

Get it from Gogolshop on Etsy for $34 (available in 16 wood finishes).

25.A vibrantly painted stoneware vase that will make you feel ten times more sophisticated and like you’re totally winning at adulting, even if you’re not (but the vase doesn’t need to know that).

Promising review: “I’m so pleased with the Lizzie vases. They are just as presented online. The colors are identical to the photos and the listed measurements are accurate. The colors are rich and look expensive. I loved them so much I went back and ordered them all! I especially like that you can pair them in twos.”—Fash4ward

Get it from Anthropologie for $28 (available in four designs).

26.A framed little chalkboard you can tack up anywhere and use to display your own chalk art, write your to-do lists, or put your own spin on cliché inspirational quotes. Though, can you really beat “Live, laugh, and love?”


These come in 3-packs and include a towel!

Promising review: “They look fantastic! It’s a great size, can be hung on the wall, laid flat, or used with a stand. You can also attach ribbon and hang it on the wall. It’s really versatile. I used this as an engagement photo prop. Now I use it as a decoration piece and wrote, ‘But First, Coffee’ on it. It hangs above my antique desk. I’m looking forward to using it again soon and many times in the future. I’m happy with it and I would recommend…it looks great and it really comes in handy sometimes.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $23.74 (available in three sizes).

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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