Are you ready to move into your first apartment? Are you thrilled to finally have a place of your own and so excited about the prospect that you may have overlooked its lack of space? Now that reality has set in, you may be wondering how you are going to fit everything in, and what you can do to make your home look stylish and modern.
Magic Tricks and Fresh Paint
The good news is that there are tricks of light and sleights of hand you can use to achieve the result you want. A little imagination, a small budget and clever use of the right furniture pieces are all you need. Also, a coat of fresh paint can cover a multitude of décor mistakes and out-dated colour choices.
White is Right
Choosing white for the walls and ceilings will immediately make the space appear larger. Dark colours suck the light out of a small space, while white or a comparable light colour maximises natural light. It also contributes to the minimalist look, which is right on trend. If you are concerned that it might look too stark, use one or two accent colours to add interest.
A small apartment doesn’t have to look cramped, and we see evidence of clever design in small apartments every day. This market is proving popular with young buyers with limited funds and our salespeople at Bunbury Real Estate are taking enquiries for smaller living options every day. We see it as a growth trend into the immediate future.
Mirrors and Glass Trick the Eye
Clever placement of mirrors is another trick to create an illusion of depth. Try mirrored cabinet doors in the bathroom and if you must choose between a large mirror and an artwork for your walls, stick with the mirror. A glass table top where you dine draws the eye right to the floor, while a solid table top interrupts the space.
Multi-Purpose Furniture and Clever Extras
Too much furniture clutters a small apartment so choose pieces that are multi-purpose such as a chest that doubles as a coffee table, a bed with under-bed storage and a sofa that converts to a bed for overnight guests. A large furniture piece should be placed against a wall to maximise space and, if possible, some of the furniture should be the same colour as the walls. Even large items will then blend in, expanding the room.
Use wall shelving for extra storage, hooks on the back of a door for clutter items such as hats and a shoe rack to keep shoes tidy. The only limits are in your imagination.