How to Make the Most out of a Small Apartment?
In this article, we look at how you make the most out of a small apartment by using a few practical decorating tips.
For a college student, or someone who is just starting their journey with adulthood, it might be challenging and too expensive to rent a big apartment - especially if they have to provide for themself. However, having a small apartment is not as bad as some might think - there’s plenty to do in it, that will make it not only really cozy, but also functional. However, since there’s not a lot of space, every decision that you make has to be carefully thought-through, so that you will not end up in a cluttered space with no space to walk.
So how can you make the most out of a small apartment? Well, keep reading if you want to find out. Without any further ado, let’s get into it.
Think about storage
When it comes to small places, storage is key. Placing a big wardrobe might not be the option in this case, but it doesn’t mean that everything is lost, as there are plenty other ways in which you can gain additional storage.
For example, you can work with your wall space. Might sound strange, but it really works, and creates a fun environment. Try open shelving - not only will it create more storage, but will also give you easy access to products that you use on an everyday basis. You can also use them to display books, or place some plants to add more life to the space.
You can consider placing a bookshelf - this will help you in dividing the room,thanks to which you will be able to have a separate bedroom and living area, even in a small apartment.
Bring your own style in
Just because your apartment is small, it doesn’t mean that it cannot be nicely decorated. You will be spending there quite a lot of time, so it’s important that it feels cozy to you. Add a crazy bed sheet set, throw a few pillows on the bed, paint your walls a nice colour with a paint from Beesley & Fildes - do everything that you can to express your style.
Don’t be afraid to put your things on display. However, do it carefully - again, balance is the key. Place the items that are alike in grouping - this will create symmetry in your home.
Place pictures on the walls, or magnets on the fridge - do whatever you think will be the best to make your space feel more personal.
Add some plants
While plants might not make your living space feel bigger, they will bring a feeling of calmness, and will help in pulling your place together. Adding plants is important in an urban environment, when all you’re surrounded by are other buildings, skyscrapers, busy streets, etc. Plants make your space harmonious, creating a place where you can relax after a whole day of work or studies. IF you are afraid that you won’t have enough space for them, you can always go vertical, and create a small ‘garden’ on your wall. After all, they are there to be used, so make the most out of them as well!
Think about it this way - waking up in a clutter-free room, with natural light shining through the windows and plants all around you, is definitely more enjoyable than waking up with no plants and natural light.
Also, there’s the fact that you can purchase plants which make the air in your whole house cleaner and fresher, which can have positive effects on your overall mood and health. It’s a win-win if you ask us.
Decoration, decoration, decoration…
Some people are hesitating to put decorations in their house, because they feel as if it will be perceived as cluttered. However, nothing could be further from the truth - as long as you do it in the right way, and keep in mind that less is more than you should be able to have both decluttered space and your dream decorations.
Also, while decorating, think about seasonality - especially if you are one of those people who like to change their space every once in a while. Put somewhere in the closet dark and thick bed sheets and winter decorations during summer months - instead, bring out lighter shades to make your apartment more summery.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to make your small apartment not only functional, but also very cozy. The most important thing to keep in mind is less is more, as if your space is cluttered, no matter what you’ll do, it will still look messy and unorganized.
So what are you waiting for? The apartment won’t declutter itself, will it? Good Luck!