When decorating an apartment, there are only so many mirrors you can hang to “open up the space” and multi-purpose furniture you can buy to “maximize functionality”.
Whether you are moving into a new place or simply want to refresh your own, the process should be creatively cathartic and just straight-up fun. For that, you need some design tips that go beyond the norm;
Start from Scratch
Time to purge all of the junk you have collected and brought from apartment to apartment. Especially as a young person, it is important to trade in some of the furniture and decor you have carried with you through college for some higher quality pieces. Plus, you need all the space you can get.
Be Realistic about your Day-to-day Routine
Do you actually eat at your dining room table, or does your breakfast bar get all the use? You need to be practical about what your living habits really are, so you can make the most efficient use of each room.
Walk through your space and imagine yourself living in it and begin the process of floor planning before you have even considered one piece of furniture.
Give Every Room a Distinct Color Scheme
If you only have a few rooms in your apartment to work with, give each one its own distinct personality. Start with specific color schemes, so when you move from one room to the next, each space feels distinct, from the walls to the decor.
Buy the Correct Sized Furniture
This is where a designer’s expertise really comes in handy. Buy furniture that is the right scale for a small space. It requires a lot of measuring, thoughtful space planning and an understanding of how to create optimal flow in a room.
Multi-functional Pieces are Key
You have heard it time and time again with small space design – invest in pieces that have multiple functions to conserve space. But there are a few ways to do that by working with what you already have.
For instance, you could take advantage of vertical space. There is a lot of square footage up there.
Whether that means adding shelving, hanging up that painting you don’t want to get rid of, and even swapping a standing lamp for wall-mounted lighting. Bonus: it also adds some character to your home.