Posted on September 20 2016
Small apartments have their upsides – lower rent, often a closer proximity to lively downtown areas, and a distinctive cozy charm. That is, if you know how to decorate your small space. Sure, your apartment may be short on space, but that doesn’t mean it has to be short on style. The key is finding the right balance between functionality and design to create a space that you’ll be comfortable living in for the foreseeable future. You need to focus on filling your home with items that fit your needs while highlighting your personal aesthetics. Follow these decorating tips to ensure that you make the most of the space you have while still letting your personality come through.
Make it your own. Depending on your landlord, painting may not be an option. However, there are other ways to insert your personal style into any space. Put some pattern on those plain white walls. Nothing says, “this is mine” quite like your favorite wall decal quote.
I personally love this live, laugh, love wall decal quote, but there are hundreds to choose from and you can even create your own by customizing the color, size or even just writing your own favorite quote. WOW!
If you are able to paint your walls, keep things light when choosing colors for your apartment walls. While rich, darker colors have a tendency to make spaces appear smaller to the eye, light shades allow a room to look more open.
When choosing your color palette, consider using three colors: two, light, subtly vivid shades that adore the majority of the room. Then, add in one darker accent color to allow the area to stay visually interesting. If you absolutely cannot live in a world with so little bold color, try one of our wall decals to accent. Choose one main color and apply decals for that area in the same shade. Then, pick a second bold color for the room’s accents. However, you may want to limit your pop of color to one section of the apartment. Too many statement colors in one tiny space can get overwhelming.
Rental kitchens suck. I’m not going to argue with that. In every rental I’ve ever lived in, the kitchen lacked that little something (style, space, a place for preparing food). When battling bad kitchen problems, cover up the ugly space with big trays, cutting boards, some utensil holders, a little paint and wall decals. Update hardware by making small changes like switching the hardware on your kitchen for a hugely noticeable change. (Same goes for bathroom hardware).
I love using decorative kitchen wall decals to add creativeness and make my rental kitchen look a bit better and like my own. I used this coffee is served wall decal. But again, there are countless options on kitchen wall decals. So make sure you get the right one for you.
We promise, just because your kitchen lighting is dark and dreary doesn’t mean things can’t change. Try under-cabinet lighting, they are an inexpensive and simple solution. They won’t take up much room, but they’ll provide the additional light anywhere you may need. Put a little bit of wall art to make your kitchen look brighter and feel like spring.
Next, conquer the ugly details. Have grimy outlet switch plates? Swap them out. Soiled floors? Put down a throw rug. After you cover up the undesirables, display the things that make you happy. Upgrade your shabby dish rack to an adequate, stylish and space-saving version.
Living with an old kitchen can make you feel disconnected from your home. Personalize your kitchen, make it your space, and inspire yourself with ingredients and personalized reminders about what you love most about the kitchen.
When there is never enough lighting. Next is a cleaning task we often forget about and that you could do around your home in about ten minutes. Next time you’re cleaning do a series of light fixture cleaning. Not to mention this is your chance to finally get rid of the sadly departed bugs that made your ceiling light their last resting place. Cleaning you light fixture will not only look nicer (no dead bug shadow silhouettes), it may even let more light through creating a brighter room.
To begin this simple task: Start by turning off the lights you’ll be cleaning around and grab a sturdy stepladder. You’ll need to check for what kind of tool you might need to remove your light fixture (you’ll probably need a screw driver). Remember to lay an old towel underneath the light fixture before you remove it from the ceiling, to catch any dirt that may escape. Remove the light fixture cover slowly and try not to tip it over as you come down off the stepladder.
Once removed, either dump the contents in a trashcan or use a vacuum attachment to clean (remember to be gentle so you don’t break or scratch any glass. Then, use your preferred method of cleaning to wipe clean the surface of the fixture and the bulb. Put the fixture back on the ceiling. Making sure it’s truly secure before you remove your hands.
Carpets can be bitter sweet. Carpets do feel nice under your feet—but they can quickly look dated, are hard to keep clean and may not fit with the ambiance you’re trying to create in your home.
It may seem too simple, but area rugs can make a huge difference. They can be used to anchor a dining spot, living room seating area or at the end of the bed. Your best bet is a rug with a strong pattern, color variations, or textures that pick up on other elements already posing in your design scheme. It will take the focus off the expanse of carpet and place it on the decorative elements of the room. Consider using multiple rugs in the same room to apportion separate spaces. The key is using the right type of area rug. Avoid any small natty rugs that will only draw more attention to the carpet. Go for sturdier natural fibers like sisal or sea grass, or thicker rugs with rubber backing that will add traction. Most cotton ones will bunch up even with a rug pad.
If you can paint, do it! Create a strong color scheme throughout the rest of the room. Take the focus off the floor and put it on the walls and accessories where you have more control. Use a few consistent accent colors around the room to keep the eye distracted.
If your carpet is a curious shade, don’t ignore it, play it up even if it’s not your ideal color. A lime green rug stands a good chance when echoing the hue in the form of green and brown throw blankets, toss pillows, picture frames, mats, and wall art. Even a dull neutral carpet can be made to look intentional when its shade pops up elsewhere.
Invest in Dual-Purpose Furniture. You can’t make a rental bigger, but you can make the most of the room you have. Every inch counts when dealing with a small space so invest in furniture pieces that will pull double duty. For your bedroom consider a trundle bed that can be folded into a sofa when watching TV, a hollow ottoman that can be used in any room for storage, or a dining table with a built-in leaf that will make it much easier to entertain guests without consistently suffocating space. Whichever duel-purpose furniture you choose, make sure to select pieces that are size-appropriate to your space. Overstuffed models will only serve to make your living space look even smaller. You can even try multi-purpose wall art. Style your space, but make the most of the room you have.
Go ahead get creative; small space can come to life with a little bit of styling and lots of love.