Making your space your own is so important, whether you are a seasoned renter with a one bedroom in the heart of downtown or just received the keys to your first studio apartment ever. Your home will be yours to carve out a unique place that matches your taste, personality, and comfort. However, we know that often time apartments will not always be incredibly spacious, and therefore limit you from having that indoor pool we’ve always dreamed of (or is that us?). But this doesn’t mean we can’t make our home a cozy haven to come home to. And we have just the tips to help spice up your home decor and make the most out of your small apartment.
Tip #1: Aim for a specific style
Your apartment’s overall style is an amalgam of everything inside it. From colors to furniture to decorative pieces, everything has a part to play and will determine how the place will ultimately be perceived by others. For that reason, it is helpful to hone in on a certain style, even if it’s just a starting point for you to pull from and make your own. Georgian style interiors, with their traditional colors and rich textures, have become quite popular in recent years. So if you’re going for that style, you may want to opt for a white and black color palette with subtle accents in mostly chrome or brass adding that opulent touch. But there are so many other amazing styles out there that can be an inspiration for you to pull from.
Tip #2: Don't go overboard with furniture
Equipping your apartment with the furniture you like is one of the perks of living alone. However, that doesn’t mean you should attempt to cram everything in there, regardless of your available space. Aside from a sofa, a coffee table, some comfortable chairs, a well-equipped kitchen, and maybe a bookcase, your apartment likely won’t need much else to feel like home. In fact, too much furniture can clutter your place and make it seem smaller than it actually is. Opt for adding that homey feel with your accent pieces like colorful, decorative pillows, textured throws, and fun knick knacks that speak to you.
Tip #3: Invest in mirrors
Mirrors can be a girl’s best friend, especially when assisted by complementary lighting and proper placement. They can also help make your home look bigger by creating the illusion of extra square footage–making them a no-brainer for every home. Ideally, you’d want a full-length mirror that allows you to check your entire outfit before leaving the house, but smaller mirrors can work well too if you’re cramped for space.
Tip #4: Buy one or more plants
Introducing some greenery into your home boosts its overall freshness and livens up the space. If possible, try to go with plants that bloom, but don’t be afraid to opt for something low-maintenance if you’re not much of a green thumb. Or if you just don’t want the trouble of caring for any plants, go for artificial flowers in glass vases instead. This will give you that airy, sophisticated feel without the worry of maintenance. Still, whatever option you choose to go for, be careful not to populate your pad with too many plants.
Tip #5: Keep your clothes organized
While every item should have its own place in your household, clothes can be particularly cumbersome, especially if you’re limited with space. It is not a secret that most of us are prone to having quite a few extra items in our closet. This makes having a rigorous clothing system almost mandatory, preferably one that has separate categories for shirts, pants and accessories. If you happen to live in an apartment with a walk-in closet ( #wejelly), investing in a closet organization system from Ikea or from another store, will make living in a small apartment that much easier. No more stressing in the mornings looking for those awesome skinny jeans and killēr boots since they’ll be easy to spot in your new closet.
Now if you live in a tiny studio apartment, you really have to know how to make the most out of your space, so an extensive closet organization system may not be in the cards. But, keeping the bulk of your clothes in a dresser and hanging a few pieces on a clothing rack for you to switch depending on the season or mood. Also, you can donate stuff that you haven’t worn at all in the past year as this can free up some extra space.
Don’t be afraid to try out new things in your small apartment, and see what fits best with your unique style and personality.