Top 5 Decoration Ideas for Small Apartments

Date posted: Sept. 10, 2015
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There is nothing more exciting than moving into a brand new apartment. You can furnish, decorate, and beautify your space in almost any way you see fit. Here are the top five decoration ideas for small apartments, and the best part is that they fit just about any budget and experience levels.

#1 - Lighter Colors for "Bigger" Spaces

One of the most common (and most popular) ways to make a small space appear larger involves using light colors throughout the space. Most property owners paint walls white or beige, so this provides a great starting place. If you have hardwood floors, use a light-colored rug to add more brightness. White or beige curtains, tapestries, make the smallest space appear larger than it actually is, so use them wisely. If you enjoy darker colors, use these as accents.

#2 - Scale Your Furniture

If you have a very small apartment, you will need small-scale furniture. After all, a big sectional will not fit nicely into a tiny living room, and an eight-person dining room table does not work without a large dining room. If new furniture is not in your budget, consider lease-to-own options. Often, for a low weekly payment, you can obtain stylish, modern furniture that fits your needs without breaking the bank.

#3 - Go Glass

Glass-top dining room, coffee, and end tables can make a room feel surprisingly larger, as can glass cabinet doors. They effectively open up a space by providing a longer line of sight to the eyes. What's more, glass accessories like vases, picture frames, and bowls seem to take up less space than their darker-colored counterparts do. Of course, if you must have a splash of bright purple or red, you can mix and match your accessories.

#4 - Lots of Lighting

Warm lighting goes a long way to brighten up a small space, so be sure to put many lamps around your rooms. If you are lucky enough to have a large window, open the drapes and/or blinds to let the sunshine in when you can. The line of sight directly to the outdoors makes your room appear much larger. If your space is very small, use reflective surfaces, such as mirrors, in strategic places as these reflect light and make rooms feel more spacious. Use LED track lights on shelves and in dark areas where there is little space to add some brightness.

#5 - Floating Shelves

Everyone needs storage space, but if you have a very small apartment, large bookshelves and storage centers may not be the best idea. Floating shelves adhere directly to the walls to provide places for towels in the bathroom, clothes in the bedroom, and books in the living room. They take up no floor space, and they come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and styles. Be sure to get the property owner's permission to install them beforehand, though, since you will need to put some holes in the wall to anchor them. 

The good news is that none of these decorating tips are incredibly difficult, and you can tackle most of them on a budget, Turn to thrift shops for vases and mirrors, and look into lease-to-own outlets for your new furniture. Before long, you will have a beautiful, personalized space to call your own.

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