From seeing Instagram-ready lofts on social media to wandering through adorable IKEA-created rooms, decorating your first apartment can seem like a daunting task. Whether it’s rugs you need, adorable lighting you crave, or accent pieces to spice up your window sill, apartment decor doesn’t have to be intimidating. In fact, these 15 pieces of affordable home decor from Target, one of our favorite big box stores, will do the trick, and they won’t break the bank. They will also make perfect holiday gifts to all your friends living in their first apartments.
Golden Tealight Holder
Project 62 Tealight Candle Holder, $7.99, Target
Candles make any space instantly cozy. If you’re looking for something to give your apartment a bit of a modern edge, this tealight holder is ideal, and it’s under $10.
Project 62 Artificial Succulent in Small White Pot, $5.99, Target
Not everyone has a green thumb — myself included —, but plants help liven up a small space. If you alway forget to water your plants, but love having a bit of green space indoors, this faux succulent is ideal.
Pillowfort Starry Globe Nightlight, $16.99, Target
Harsh overhead lighting is a no-go when it comes to making your apartment feel like home. Why not use your softer lighting as a chance to decorate? This whimsical light would look great in any space.
Threshold 3-Slot Wire Basket with Hooks, $14.99, Target
Decor can be both functional and fun. This wire basket gives a slightly rustic vibe, and it’ll make sure you don’t forget that letter you need to mail and that your keys don’t end up in your couch.
Modern Wall Sculpture
Project 62 Sea Urchin Decorative Wall Sculpture, $14.99, Target
If modern and sleek is what you’re craving for your first apartment, this sea urchin shaped wall sculpture is a must-have. Not only is it a total statement piece, but for under $15, the price can’t be beat.
Project 62 Gazelle Head Wall Sculpture, $7.99, Target
Antlers are a huge trend in decor at the moment, and you can get on the bandwagon thanks to Target. The golden gazelle’s antlers are bold without being overpowering.
Rustic Wall Mirror
CKK Home Decor Round Decorative Wall Mirror, $15.99, Target
Mirrors don’t just have to be functional. This rustic piece will give you both the chance to check your hair or makeup before heading out the door and the ability to spruce up your space.
Hearth & Hand House Bud Vases Medium, $9.99, Target
These adorable home shaped vases are a perfect way to make your apartment feel, well, more homey. If you want to splurge and buy all three they’d look perfect on a dining table. If, however, one is enough, the medium home would be perfect as shelf decor.
Marble Wall Clock
Project 62 Wall Clock Marble with Brass, $9.99, Target
A marble face and gold details? Yes, please! This ultra-chic clock isn’t simply for making sure you don’t run late to work or class. It’s stunning wall decor as well.
Fuzzy Throw Pillow
Project 62 Mongolian Faux Fur Throw Pillow, $11.99, Target
If cozy is your middle name, this affordable throw pillow is the perfect way to add a bit of glamorous comfort to your apartment. Throw pillows are totally underrated decor, but on a couch, they can add a perfect pop of texture and color.
Project 62 Bird Figure Small, $12.99, Target
This sweet figurine is a great accent piece. Whether you’d like to use it as a bookend or a fun sculpture on a coffee table, it’s an adorable addition to your first apartment.
Xhilaration Gray Long Faux Fur Throw, $11.99, Target
Don’t underestimate textures when it comes to decor. A faux fur throw over a couch can add dimension and color to your apartment in a totally affordable way.
Chevron Wall Accents
Threshold Glass Chevrons, Set of 3, $13.99, Target
A gallery wall is a great way to add personal details in your apartment, and these glass chevrons are ideal accents to go around your favorite family photos, mantras, and knick knacks.
Threshold Framed Watercolor Feathers, $18.99, Target
Don’t forget the power of a great graphic print. Not only can they add color into your apartment, but they’re also an affordable find.
Threshold Woven Wall Hanging, $23.99, Target
If you’re a boho kind of person tapestries are great additions to an apartment. They add texture to walls, and as a bonus, they can take up lots of space if you have it.
Clearly, there’s more than enough goodies to go around when it comes to decorating your first apartment. From knick knacks for shelves to wall sculpture, home decor doesn’t have to be intimidating or expensive.