Just because you have a small apartment doesn’t mean you have to make do with lesser options for decor. Flexibility is key. You may not have a huge space at your disposal, but you don’t have to go short on style.
Don’t fall victim to the misconception that you should focus on functionality rather than design. Instead, find the correct balance between the two to create a space that lets you enjoy comfortable living.
Focus on filling your apartmentwith items that fit your needs and highlight your personal taste, such as installing plantation shutters that are not only elegant but also ensure your privacy from neighbours in the surrounding buildings.
To get the best out of your space while integrating your own style, follow these decorating tips.
When it comes to apartment living, every inch or centimetre counts. Measure everything you intend to put in your apartment so it fits beautifully.
Space is your number one enemy. Refrain from buying furniture or appliances without considering the area in which you’ll place them. Balance function with aesthetics.
Take measurements of spaces available for the appliances and furniture you need. Once you have all the big items in place, you can get to the details of decorating.
A lack of definition to a space can make your apartment look messy. Do your best to designate certain items to different areas in your apartment, with each section having a specific purpose.
- Put your shoe and coat racks by the door to refine your entrance.
- Station your sofa near or adjacent to the main door to mark your living space or use an area rug to indicate the same. You can use different area rugs to mark different sections of your apartment as well.
- If you have a particular interest, let that play an important role in separating a space. An indoor bike rack can be an integral part of a room rather than keeping it hidden away.
- You can also use plants not only to create a small indoor garden but also to demarcate space. You can also use a room divider to separate, say, your kitchen from the living area.
Nothing can ruin the sight of what could be a comfortable and elegant home than clutter. So, schedule a few hours of your time or an entire day to get everything neatly arranged or stored away. Set aside items you haven’t used in a while and consider donating or selling them instead of allowing them to gather dust.
Make use of the many kinds of organising and storage materials available. For example, having a bunch of cables in a corner (or any space for that matter) can be unsightly. Find a way to hide them while making them accessible. You can use a cable organiser or cable box to keep unruly cables out of sight and still be able to use them.
Have you considered the possibility that you’re not using your space efficiently? When you buy an apartment, the challenge is to make all areas as useful as possible without cluttering them.
Make use of dead spaces or unused corners that aren’t serving a purpose to your advantage. You can turn a large windowsill into a workspace or use a corner shelving unit to store your bar essentials.
Install a wall planter to make space for a few indoor air purifying plants that will not only enliven your home but also help keep the air fresh. You can also place a few baskets on top of your refrigerator to hide infrequently used china.
Make the most out of every room in your apartment by investing in furniture that has a dual purpose. Instead of working your space around furniture, buy pieces that will work with you.
- Choose a trundle bed that you can fold into a sofa when you watch television. A convertible chair bed is another great option if your priority is to save space.
- Buy an ottoman that you can use for storage and as a coffee table.
- Set up a multifunctional folding table that you can use as your workspace, dining table and living room end table.
Whatever dual-purpose furniture you choose, make sure to choose pieces that’ll fit the overall aesthetic of your home and, of course, your space.
Each design choice you make for your apartment will make an impact on its overall look and feel. To have a functional home, the decor elements you choose should also have a purpose.
Consider the following when decorating:
- Choose a light colour palette. Keep in mind that opting to use light colours for your apartment will help open up the space, including using lighter-hued window furnishings. Rich, dark colours have the tendency to make spaces look smaller. Focus on using three colours for your apartment: two light, bright shades and one dark accent colour to make things interesting.
- Layer to add depth. Small spaces usually lack depth. By layering, you can easily make up for its absence.Consider adding texture to the walls, such as with a subtle wallpaper, textured paint, or even a decorative wall panel. This will help add depth and intrigue without overwhelming the space.
- Illuminate rightly. Incorporate multiple sources of lighting, such as overhead fixtures, table lamps, and floor lamps. Each light source will add its own layer of illumination and help create a sense of depth.
Living in a small apartment doesn’t mean you have to let go of your creativity. Instead, figure out what your priorities are and design accordingly. Happy decorating!