Living in a small space like a condo or senior-living facility brings its own decorating challenges. If you live in an apartment many of your options may be determined by your landlord’s rules. But don’t let them be limitations! There are plenty of creative ways to transform your apartment, condo, or other small living space into a beautiful, comfortable home with the help of BILTRITE Furniture – Leather – Mattresses. Try some of these ideas to open up space, add personality, and make the place feel like yours.
Let there be light
Reflected light makes a room feel bigger, so use interesting lighting, and glass items to open up small spaces. Layering multiple light sources – a window, a floor lamp, and a wall sconce (some don’t need to be hardwired) – also helps to make small spaces look larger. You can visually double the size of a room thanks to the illusion of depth created by a hanging mirror. Take advantage of the space beyond your windows and use minimal treatments, such as blinds, that can be opened wide to draw the eye beyond the wall. Glass-topped dining tables or coffee tables virtually disappear, giving a sense of openness.
It’s the best trick to make yourself feel like you have a whole new apartment. As you experiment, you’ll find different ways to use your limited space. Try an arrangement that breaks your room into several functional zones. Float furniture away from the walls to create groupings – TV-watching zone, dining area, home office – to make the most use of your space. Opt for flexible pieces that can be easily moved – tables with fold-down leaves can do double duty against the wall or in the middle of the room. Modular furniture, such as a sectional sofa that splits up into smaller pieces can be arranged in different combinations – they may fit up the stairs better than a traditional sofa too! We also have reclining sofas and come-apart sofas that are great for delivering to small areas that other stores cannot. Many of our sofas, loveseats, sectionals and reclining options can come apart for easy delivery. These pieces are perfect for attics, basements, second floors, narrow spaces and tight delivery situations.
Take it UP!
Visually increase the height of your room with tall furnishings. Vertical lines draw the eye up, so try a tall bookshelf. One with open shelves, known as an étagère, offers display space as well as always-useful storage. You can create the same heightening effect with artwork hung high on the walls. Your favorite art or photographs will also add color and personality to drab apartment walls. Small nail holes are easily spackled over when you move out, but there are options for picture-hanging hardware that doesn’t damage the wall.
Make an entrance
Literally! If you don’t have an official foyer or hall, creating one with a console table or hall tree is a snap. An entrance is more than just a place to hang coats, leave shoes and drop keys; it’s a welcoming area that sets the tone for the rest of your home. Depending on the size of the area by your door, you could fit a shallow bookshelf, a small bench, and a basket for gloves and scarves. Add a mirror for taking a last quick check how you look before heading out.
Get creative with your small space solutions, and make the place a reflection of yourself. Just because you don’t own your apartment doesn’t mean you can’t make it yours. If it’s full of your personal touches, it will feel more like home.
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