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Here’s How To Make Your Home More Like Monica’s Apartment From ‘Friends’

by Giovanna Boldrini
Giovanna was born in Rome, Italy and currently resides in South Salem, New York. In her free time, she likes to cook with her children and grandchildren.

Whether you fell in love with Friends when it originally aired or thanks to the power of Netflix, one thing is for sure…You wished you lived in an apartment as fresh as Monica’s. Monica’s apartment was lavish, thrift store chic and unlike anything you’d actually be able to find or afford in New York City. The power of television, people…it makes us believe incredible things! While we all may never find such a space, that’s no reason we cannot transform the one we’ve already got into Monica’s apartment with a few tweaks, spending sprees and paint.

The One With Exposed Brick Kitchen Backsplash

The One With Exposed Brick Kitchen Backsplash
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Monica has gorgeous exposed brick in her kitchen. To emulate that you can either go with this classic brick yourself or choose another unfinished look to sort of remix it.

The One With Exposed Brick Kitchen Backsplash

The One With Exposed Brick Kitchen Backsplash

If you want to go the down the brick road, you don’t have to go with the standard. Explore your color choices. Just look at how fresh and clean this kitchen looks with a painted brick backsplash. Plus, those exposed beams really give it that extra “Friends” vibe.

The One With Exposed Brick Kitchen Backsplash

The One With Exposed Brick Kitchen Backsplash

You love the natural look of the brick, but you want smoother lines? Get stoned and never look back!

The One With Exposed Brick Kitchen Backsplash

The One With Exposed Brick Kitchen Backsplash

Bricks and stones aren’t going to work for everyone and that’s okay. You can remain in that natural zone with a nice wooden backsplash instead. The reddish tone seen here is a cabin-like take on the same color palette from Monica’s kitchen.

The One With Open Cabinets Forever

The One With Open Cabinets Forever
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What’s the point of having amazing dishware if people only see it when it’s in use? That’s one of the main reasons an open concept in cabinetry is a look you’ll want to incorporate into your Monica-home transformation.

The One With Open Cabinets Forever

The One With Open Cabinets Forever

Making the decision to show off those dishes means having dishes worth showing off. Just imagine how great this Zanzibar collection would look against those turquoise blue shelves.

The One With Floating Pots & Pans

The One With Floating Pots & Pans
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Whether or not you’re career is in the culinary realm like Monica’s doesn’t matter. Having your pots and pans hanging on the wall or above the island makes your kitchen look super legit. Like “Chopped” legit.

The One With Floating Pots & Pans

The One With Floating Pots & Pans

A rack like this circular one would be perfect for either a home with an island or an apartment with very little cabinet space. It’s not just for hanging, but the top can be used as shelf space too!

The One With Floating Pots & Pans

The One With Floating Pots & Pans

Zesproka offers a more traditional wall rack for those who want their pots and pans on display on the wall instead of overhead.

The One With The Funky Dinette Set

The One With The Funky Dinette Set
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Having a dinette set can sometimes be a luxury when it comes to living in a tiny New York apartment. If you happen to have the room, take full advantage just like Monica did and get yourself a place to have meals, even if the chairs don’t match. In front of the TV isn’t always the best for dinner.

The One With The Funky Dinette Set

The One With The Funky Dinette Set

These out-there purple chairs are a bold choice, but if you want your dinette set to look like Monica’s, you better go bold or go (get inspiration from someone else’s) home.

The One With The Funky Dinette Set

The One With The Funky Dinette Set

This charming chair with an off-white finish is super similar to one from Monica’s funky mismatched set. Its country-antique look is not something you’d expect in an NYC apartment, but the same can be said for a lot of Monica’s furniture.

The One With The Funky Dinette Set

The One With The Funky Dinette Set

You’ll need a table with a wooden top like this one to anchor your dinette set. A round table top will help make the mismatched chairs look like a pulled-together shabby chic look.

The One With The Funky Dinette Set

The One With The Funky Dinette Set

These floral seat covers may look like they are for your granny, but if Monica made them look cool, then you can, too. Give your “Friends” a comfy place to sit when the come over to hang in your dinette.

The One Who Wasn't Afraid Of Color

The One Who Wasn't Afraid Of Color

One of the most memorable parts of Monica’s apartment was the vibrant colors. The kitchen cabinets were turquoise while her living room was a lavender that left us all yearning for the chance to be surrounded by walls just as beautiful one day.

The One Who Wasn't Afraid Of Color

The One Who Wasn't Afraid Of Color

If you’re not ready to go all the way with color, do an accent wall. Paint only one in a vibrant color so as to not go too overboard.

The One With Area Rug Realness

The One With Area Rug Realness
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No one wants to deal with all-around carpet anymore. Apparently, neither did Monica back in the day. Her hardwood floors were amazing, but everyone knows you have to define your sitting area with a nice area rug. Hmm, think that’s why it’s called that?

The One With Area Rug Realness

The One With Area Rug Realness

Give your room a more decadent look with this Kashan rug. You don’t have to have something that matches too well with your walls. If you’ve got a vibrant wall, try and go more neutral though with the rug. You don’t want the two fighting for attention.

Don’t think you have to go with traditional rugs. Give your Monica-inspired apartment an updated feel with a bold print. You can always head in a more modern direction with something like this floral designed from Rugshop.

The One With The Cool Curtains

The One With The Cool Curtains
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Don’t be bland when it comes to your curtains. Once again, Monica was rocking the old grandma florals in this department but she made us jealous of them when they were featured draped across the window that looked into the naked guy’s place.