Making the Most of Small Spaces


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Apartment decorating can be tough, especially in the city where spaces are smaller and tend to run more expensive. Modern apartment living rooms tend to present challenges as to how the space can be made both fun and functional, but a little creative thinking goes a long way. Here’s a list of ideas that can help you make the most of modern apartment living rooms and any other rooms you might be lucky enough to have in your space.
Floating Shelves
Perfect for showing off small framed photos or collections of cool, decorative objects. Multiple shelves, presented staggered, allow for a unique display that can be changed on a whim.
Window Dressing
Don’t let tradition hold you back: strips of found fabric, crazy patterns – anything to deviate from the look of the cheap mini-blinds the place came with.
Many apartment rentals will not let you paint the walls, but that shouldn’t stop you from painting your furniture – end tables, coffee tables, bookshelves and bed frames can all be high-impact paint jobs that help transform a space.
Make it Personal
In line with the staggered shelves, make use of less functional spaces with little touches of personality: trays, dried flowers, folded blankets – whatever makes it feel more like home to you.
No Entry? No Problem
If your apartment has no foyer or hall/entryway closet, you can make one out of a bookshelf pretty easily. Remove the top 2 or 3 shelves and put a bar across near the top with hooks to hang jackets. Additional side hooks are good for umbrellas, leashes and other accessories. Some small office drawers can be wedged toward the bottom for gloves, glasses, etc and shoes can be put on a mat along the bottom. Voila!
Mirror, Mirror
It’s not a myth: mirrors create space. Try it, you’ll be pleased. It’ll open up otherwise tight modern apartment living rooms.
If you’re moving to an apartment, there are lots of spatial solution tips floating around online. These are just a few to help you get started and get the ideas flowing. Finding the right apartment can be tricky, but in the city, you may not have a ton of choices. Best to start with a local apartment search and see what’s out there.
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