Whether you are moving into a studio apartment, 1 bedroom walkup or a small rambler, there is no reason why you should feel limited in a small space when it comes to decor. Today, we introduce six tips for creating the illusion of a larger and brighter living space while also keeping the space trendy, chic and functional.
1. Use wall space as storage: In a small apartment, condo or rambler, space can be limited and finding storage can be a chore. Try using your wall as sleek storage space by implementing creative options that have double the functionality. Floating shelves are a great and way to house your belongings in a stylish and classy way in virtually any room.
2. Don’t over decorate with clutter: We all love the cluster of candles on the counter or the pile of decorative pillows that surround our reading corner, but in some cases, these mounds of decor could actually be closing in your space and making it seem much smaller and cramped then it really is. Try eliminating unnecessary decor and keep the “less is more” mentality in mind when working in a small space.
3. Add curves into a box: Small apartments in particular are typically a boxy shape and by simply adding some curvature into the decor, you can increase the feel of the room and give the illusion that room(s) are actually larger than they are. Try adding a couch with curved arms or claw feet, or perhaps a circular mirror statement piece on the wall. The options are endless.
4. Use light area rugs: This is a simple tip. Light area rugs open up a room and make it look larger. This is a big tip for those studio or one bedroom apartments that really need a spatial lift. Find a light rug that suits your personal tastes and use it as both a decor focal point and a visual (size) illusion.
5. Add custom curtains: We have all lived in a home or apartment that came with outdated Venetian or otherwise cheap blinds. Feel free to customize your windows with smart curtains and valences. This will add a personal touch to the windows while also opening up the space in a classy way. If you are renting, be sure to check in your lease or with your landlord to find out what you can and cannot do with the windows.
6. Purchase furniture that functions and fits: It is a common mistake to make; people move into a new apartment and purchase a whole new furniture set that is too big for the space they have to work with. The solution to this problem is easy; only purchase furniture that will fit into the scale of your apartment. This concept is especially important when it comes to creating the illusion of a larger space. When you have limited space, filling it up with large and bulky furniture will only make it look smaller. Only buy what will fit and what will actually have a function in the space. For example, if you don’t eat at a table, don’t buy one.
Don’t let living in a smaller space intimidate you; use these furniture and decor tips to turn your space from drab to fab.
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