More and more of us are living in apartments these days. And although unit-life has its perks, there are certainly a few challenges involved in living in a smaller space, particularly when it comes to interior design.
We’ve whipped up a few easy apartment design tips to make sure you can make the most of your home – no matter how small.
Funnily enough in Europe and asia living in small apartments is very common and many people making the active choice to live in a small place is somewhat in vogue. Japanese minimalism is very much a trend among many people choosing to live in smaller spaces and adapting those spaces to suit their needs and provide the comfort they need as well as versitility of the space.
Floating and hanging storage
Perceived space is just as important as actual space in an apartment. Instead of filling a room with blocky, standing storage, why not install hanging or floating shelves? They’ll take up a similar amount of room, but your rooms will appear larger with less clutter on the floor.
The same goes for your TV. Don’t just plonk it on a chunky cabinet, wall mount it to save space and keep the floor of your apartment clutter free. Try to keep your floors clear so getting around the place is easy and not a massive trip hazard when you are making your way around in the dark at night. In small places, storage is key but can be big and take up a lot of space, though there are many options of hanging wall units or storage suspended from ceilings to all for more floor space.
Use every bit of space you can
There may be limited space to make an impression in an apartment so use every inch that you’ve got, including your ceilings and walls. Consider using feature lighting to add personality to rooms, whether it’s an understated chandelier or a coloured lantern.
Tasteful artwork will add a touch of character, while mirrors large wall mounted mirrors will make the space seem larger. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
Add some character
Apartments can sometimes feel mass produced and charmless. Add a bit of drama and whimsy to your apartment by including unique features of your own. Whether you change your stock curtains and replace them with something more colourful include a bright feature wall, or use quirky boutique furnishings – it’s up to you.
It’s hard to go wrong with anything that adds much-needed personality and colour to your living space.
Keep it bright
Nothing will make a room feel small and unwelcoming better than shadowy darkness so pay special attention to your apartment’s lighting. Use soft and warm lights in the ceiling, and layer your lighting by including floor and table lamps.That way you can customise your room’s light to the occasion and the mood.
Just because you’re living in an apartment it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice a striking and beautiful interior decor. With a little creativity you can fit big design ideas into a small space.