Furniture can define you. It is as much an expression of your character as the clothes you choose to wear.
There are many ways in which you can choose to furnish your living space. Most often this is directly influenced by the size of your home. Often people find that the smaller the area, the bigger the challenge to fill the space efficiently.
A studio apartment is often the hardest to outfit being that they are usually tiny. It is therefore essential to make the most of what you have in terms of living area.
Here are some tips that should help make furnishing a small space, like an apartment easier.
The pieces that fill your entrance, bedroom and living room, which combined may make up the entire living area, should not block the general pathway that allows people to navigate your apartment. Ensure that the furniture is well-spaced, so that there is enough room for people to get about.
An apartment that is light and airy feels larger. If you have a studio apartment in a tall building, and you’re high up enough so that no one is able to look in, you could consider not investing in curtains at all. If you prefer your privacy, you can avoid heavy curtains and use lace curtains instead. Take advantage of natural light, and let it in wherever possible.
If you have a particularly small living space, you may have to pick furniture that is multi-functional. A futon, for example, serves as both a bed and a couch. You may also need adjustable furniture; for example, a drop leaf table that can be fully opened, as well as folded up at one end will provide room enough room for several dinner guests, and then fold up when they’re gone to save you lots of space.
Look to your wall when your cupboards are packed to the brim and you still need storage space. Open storage, such as shelves, serves a dual-fold purpose; they can be used for storing your belongings and they can be decorative. They can also be placed pretty much anywhere, including over a bed, under a window, and hanging from a ceiling.
Avoid clutter wherever possible. In a small home, too much of something can start to look like chaos. Keep things minimal so that your home doesn’t start looking like a jumble sale.
Well-placed mirrors with provide the illusion of space. Use them where you can to give a room, big or small, a spacious feel.
Choose your paint colour wisely
The rule is that lighter colours make small spaces appear bigger. This is especially effective when painting the ceiling a lighter shade than the walls, and the entry way darker than the living room.
Keep your countertops tidy and store large appliances in cupboards. Try hanging your pots and pans from a rack to clear up counter space and to add some old-school charm to the room. Don’t be afraid to display your dishes on open shelving either. An eclectic mix of collections can add visual interest.
Furnishing a small apartment may seem like a daunting experience, but there really is a lot of fun to be had in decorating your living space. What you should endeavour to do, though, is to capture your personality in the furniture and fittings that you select, so that you don’t end up feeling like a stranger in your own home. Furthermore, in your pursuit for all things beautiful and functional, don’t forget to consider comfort. After all, what good is a pretty couch when sitting on it feels like you’re sitting on a plank?
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