You may live in a small flat, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be as livable as a bigger house. In fact apartment living has quite a few perks that make it more attractive than living in a house. No yard work on the weekends being one of the biggest benefits!
Yet, many apartments are not being utilized properly and end up feeling smaller than they really are. You can make an apartment an elegant abode that is charming, comfortable and also an efficient use of space. It does take some creativity and an eye for home decorating, but it can be done.
In this article, we will go over several ways you can transform your small apartment into a wonderful living space.
1 – Use the walls
Your walls are for more than hanging artwork. In an apartment they can be used to add another dimension to your living space that makes a very efficient use of space.
If you want to give your home an elegant touch there are a couple of fixtures that can be mounted to the wall to add a lot of ambience. Wall fireplaces at Soothing Company are an ideal way to use your space effectively and add a very interesting fixture to your apartment. The look, sound and feel of a fireplace in your space adds warmth and atmosphere that you wouldn’t get if you didn’t think of your space creatively.
Another interesting feature is a water fixture. Some are as small as shoeboxes that can be placed on a shelf, others are big but can be hung on a wall for a very dramatic effect. The sound of water running over stones is very relaxing and therapeutic as well as adding a natural effect.
Then there are space saving ideas that your walls can be used for. Shelving can help towards keeping your space organized and clutter gone. But, you can also use the shelves to add a flourish of style. Put artwork or interesting objects from your travels to show off some personality.
2 – Keep the clutter away
Being organized in a small space is essential. Clutter is stressful and can cause anxiety in many people. If you live a busy life then clutter can be positively stressful when you think about needing to clean up.
If you are organized, then you can keep clutter from happening in the first place. Everything has its place so you need to go beyond just adding some containers and other storage systems. You need to also make sure to group like things together. Keeping this where they belong and not simply out of site is how you will be able to keep clutter from happening.
For instance, when you come into your apartment, your shoes should go right in the shoe rack. When you have finished reading a book or magazine, it goes on the shelf. Kitchen appliances should be stored away in a pantry or closet and your bathroom sink shouldn’t have any toiletries left on it.
3 – Use the balcony
No, I don’t mean use it as an extra storage space. I mean set it up as if it is another room in the house. You will enjoy the space much more when it is decorated and organized.
Use the same principles in the rest of the house. For instance, the walls can be used to add shelves where you can store things to keep them out of the way but also to add some flair to the space.
Put some artwork up on the walls to show off your personality and sense of style. Some furniture that has storage space built in is a wise use of space. A stylish sofa and armchair can lend an air of elegance to the balcony. And hanging plants can keep the floor space clear giving you more space but adding a natural touch in the process.
You can grow some herbs to really maximize the space by having a little garden to bring up your cooking to another level.
4 – Use raw materials
One of the hottest trends in home decor right now is to use raw materials when adding fixtures. For instance, an entire tree stump makes an excellent and decidedly different type of coffee table. Any wood works in a multitude of ways.
Driftwood is very popular and is also a sustainable material at the same time. It can be used in anything from light fixtures to a piece of sculpture.