Urban living has its ups and downs. Living close to all the action is definitely a benefit, but big city living also means smaller apartments and condos. Decorating your small space using these effective tips and tricks will help you get organized and they may also create the illusion of a bigger apartment.
Give Every Object a Home
A little clutter looks like a lot of clutter in teeny tiny apartments. Put each thing away in its specified place after using it. Use baskets or filing cabinets to organize mail and other paper, which can get out of control if left untouched. Putting a little away every day will save you from getting overwhelmed with a big mess.
Create Natural Separation Between Rooms
Small apartments, and especially studio apartments, don’t always have walls to separate rooms. Room dividers, screens and large plants can all create natural separation between different areas of your home. Rugs can also create separation by giving a visual representation where one room stops and another room begins. Hanging one large framed art print, or several smaller prints, will separate one room of your apartment from another room. However, if there are no walls to create distinct barriers between room, choose art for different areas of your home with complementing colors to give your home a natural flow.
Create More Light and Space
Hanging a mirror can bounce light from well-lit areas to darker areas of your home. Try hanging mirrors opposite windows to light up darker areas of your home. Mirrors also create the illusion of more space. Horizontal mirrors will add width to a room while vertical mirrors will add height.
Decorating with stripes is another way to create the illusion of more space. Paint your walls with stripes or find a striped art print or poster that suits your style. Striped rugs are also a worthwhile investment.
More Uses for Curtains
Curtains are wonderful accessories that can be used in more ways than just covering up windows. Hide unattractive storage spaces or the clutter placed on shelves or bookcases with a curtain. Purchase curtains or make your own so that the color, fabric and patterns coordinate with the rest of your home décor.
Choose your Furniture Wisely
Decorate with multipurpose furniture. For example,a chest that doubles as a coffee table serves dual functions. Chairs, couches coffee tables and other furniture with exposed legs will give your home a more airy and open feel, rather than feeling cramped.