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Apartment Living Done Well: How To Make More Of Smaller Spaces

Whether you currently live in a cozy studio apartment or are planning on moving to a one or two bedroomed place, you may be worried about the space that comes with an apartment. Admittedly, apartments are not the largest spaces in the world, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t make great homes, because they can do - it’s just a case of being smart about how you design and decorate your apartment space, that’s all.

There are some people who are profoundly rich and still choose to live in apartments. Why? Because they know how to do apartment living well. They’ve learnt the secrets of making the most of smaller spaces and have created homes that are unimaginably spacious and roomy. Whether you are considering buying a new launch property or are currently living in an apartment, it’s important to understand how you can make the most of the space that your home offers. A cramped home is not nice to live in, which is why it’s so vital to understand how to do apartment living well and what it takes to create spacious spaces within a small home. For all of the best hacks for making more of apartment living, read on.

Create zones

In a small home, zones are a vital part of the decor. For each room within your apartment (if you are lucky enough to have rooms, that is), create zones. Think about all of the things that you use each room for, for instance, take your living room as an example - what do you use this space for? Is it simply where you relax and watch TV at the end of a long day or does it double as a dining room, home office, or entertaining space? Whatever each room is used for, try to establish different zones for each activity. Say you use your lounge to relax, work and eat, use furniture to create different areas within one room, or how about adding a curtain or room separator? Get creative, and you can make one room feel like many rooms, without it being too cramped.

Multi purpose furniture is vital

For homes that are on the small side, pieces of furniture that serve multiple purposes are vital. For example, by choosing a dining table that can be used for eating, working and studying will help to reduce how cramped your living room is, making it feel more spacious. Don’t need a whole table? Just invest in a half moon table then, that can sit snugly against the wall, saving you space. Or, take your sofa, for instance, this can double as a guest bed if you choose a design that comes with a fold out bed within it. Instead of having a normal coffee table, use two or three stalls to make a DIY coffee table, that way when guests come over, they can double as extra seats.

Trick the eye

With a few smart slight of hand design hacks, it is possible to trick the eye into believing that an area of your home is larger than it actually is. The key to success is creating a space that looks and feels as light as possible because light spaces always feel larger than darker spaces. To create a sense of a lighter and larger space, strategically placed mirrors that reflect natural light into the room, can help to significantly improve how large the space feels. As can decorating in light shades; the lighter the colours used, the lighter the space will look and feel.

Choose every piece of furniture wisely

When you live in a small space, such as an apartment, it is vital that you choose every piece of furniture wisely. What you want to do is select pieces that offer maximum functionality and are small space friendly. Taking note of what feng shui says about decorating and furniture organization can be something that is worthwhile too, to help improve the flow of the room.

Neutral shades are your best friends

In smaller spaces, neutral tones are your best friend. Neutral tones create a sense of calmness and tranquillity, these tones help to trick the eye into thinking that the space is larger than it actually is. To add texture to the space, it is vital to combine a range of textures and patterns, such as on soft furnishings and pieces of wall art. However, sticking to a neutral color palette for these is vital.

Be smart about storage

The fact is that in any apartment (or small house) storage should be one of the top priorities. If a home lacks storage space, keeping it neat and tidy is always going to be a struggle. That’s why storage space should always been seen as a priority. When it comes to keeping a small apartment neat and tidy, having adequate storage is a must. Ideally, you want this storage space to be built-in and to utilise every inch of space. However, if built-in storage isn’t an option, there are plenty of other storage options that you can take advantage of. If you are stuck for ideas and inspiration, then browsing sites like Pinterest, for instance, could be a good idea. Storage is something that often has to be tailored to suit each individual property, which is why working with a specialist brand can often be a good idea, as this will allow you to get storage solutions that have been tailored specifically to your home and needs.

The fact is that apartment living can be incredible, it’s just a case of knowing how to make the most of the space that you have. If you are smart about the design and layout of your apartment, you can make a lot of it. The fact is that apartment living isn’t for everyone - not everyone is able to adjust well to living in a smaller space. However, if you know how to make the most of the space that you have by making smart design and layout choices, apartment living can give you plenty of space.


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