Living in a small apartment can create a real decorating challenge. You hardly have enough storage space, and making the rooms look spacious is a difficult task. Even if you have a tiny apartment, you can make it appear twice as large with a few easy tricks. In this article, you will find some simple ideas for making your small apartment look bright and spacious.
A few well-placed accessories add vibrant color
When decorating small rooms, you should always keep clutter to a minimum. Display only a few brightly colored accents and accessories to add depth and interest. In the living room, a single large vase filled with fresh flowers, a large candle and a single print or painting on one wall are all you need to add color while keeping the area open and spacious. Apartment kitchens can be so tiny that only one person can be in the room at a time. Keep counters cleaned off by placing small appliances, bread, chips, dishes and other items away in cabinets or the pantry if one is available.
Furnish the rooms sparingly
In a small apartment, all that is needed in the living room is a sofa, chair and coffee table. You may want to place a small bookshelf in a corner to hold books, and magazines with small lamp on top. Keep furnishings against the wall so that the floor space in the center of the room is wide open and easy to walk through. A brightly colored accent rug in this area adds texture and additional color. The bedroom may be small as well; furnish it with a twin or full sized bed, a nightstand and chest of drawers. Keep clutter in this room to a minimum as well, and add color with large wall hangings.
Let lots of natural light in
Any room looks larger when it is filled with natural light. Most apartments come furnished with mini blinds, but if you want to make the room look bigger there is a simple trick that actually makes windows appear larger. Hang a curtain rod that is approximately twice the width of the window; use light or brightly colored sheers that are pulled back to both sides. You may want to hang the rod near the ceiling to give the impression of a tall window as well.
Light colors visually expand a room
Throughout your apartment, use furnishings that are light colored to make the rooms look bigger. Dark colors make an area recede; lighter shades visually increase space. Consider light sand, pastel peach, butter yellow and other light shades for upholstery, accent rugs and curtains. You can add additional splashes of color with accent pillows and throws.
For additional storage and to keep the clutter at bay look for plastic storage bins that can be used under the bed, or purchase a coffee table for the living room that contains drawers underneath. This way you can keep all of those items you don’t use often stored away and out of sight until you need them. Put these tips to work for you, and you will see that even the smallest apartment will appear bright, cheery and welcoming.
By Leon Tuberman