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I’m always scouting for ways to make my 350 square feet apartment look cheerful, brighter, airy, and of course roomy. I frantically search the internet for ideas to make my small apartment space instantly feel bigger. Be it the pint-size apartments in New York or a Chicago downtown apartment with the awesome skyline view or a chic LA abode, there’s no denying that these could be strapped for space or that much required ‘zen’ space. There are a few very common mistakes that we usually do while decking up our apartments. Some include putting in dark-colored furniture, printed drapes, not using multi-purpose furniture, keeping a lot of ‘oh-so-precious’ little knick-knacks throughout the space, and many more.
I’m looking to re-arrange my apartment space over the Christmas holidays. Anyways, because of the Covid pandemonium, we’re stuck indoors so might as well utilize the time to de-clutter our surroundings.
I’ll take you along as I keep progressing in my journey to revamp my space to make it look roomy so that it gives the illusion of being a bigger space, even if it isn’t! For starters, these are the few small apartment ideas that I am doing right away.
Bringing some life with white!
Junking off all my printed drapes and settling for sheer white curtains is the first thing on my checklist on this mission. The printed curtains almost made me feel claustrophobic in the apartment especially in the bedroom. White drapes not only help spread the ‘feeling of a well-lit’ place, but it also makes the room feel instantly roomy. It’s almost like this simple change could help me breathe better in my small space
A Sectional that is also a space saver!
With small spaces, it is important that every piece of furniture either has a dual purpose or has storage. Check out sectionals with space savers.
Out goes my coffee table and in comes my versatile ottoman
I am going to do this right now! Think about this, an ottoman could be your coffee table, an extra place to seat your guests and hide your clutter inside it. It saves so much space and there you go, you could make this change in a click when you choose an ottoman like the Comfortland 18 Inches Round Storage Ottoman Bench, on Amazon.
All of the Lights
My apartment boasts of a decent amount of natural light, but I’m accentuating that with interesting lighting accents. See some home designing experts say put up one big lighting piece and some say scatter interesting lighting pieces throughout the floor. For now, I will be sticking to a small light to brighten up my small space.
Mirrors! And More Mirrors!
Mirror, oh my mirror, what transformations you could do, only if you are placed in the right spot. Yes, I’m adding mirrors to fully utilize the precious little natural light that streams into my apartment. A mirror could be the most inexpensive reflective element in your bedroom or living room which could help you capitalize on whatever natural light that comes into your apartment because of reflection. Place a mirror strategically, it, in turn, would create an aura of light and openness.
Make A Move!
I haven’t tried this before, but have read that if you pull furniture away from the wall, it creates an illusion of a bigger space. Try this if you want and drop me a note in the comments if it helped!
A LOT of rugs to create a sense of designated space in a small apartment. Use a rug with horizontal stripes or keep a neutral single color. For now, I’m going with a rug similar to the LEEVAN Black and White Stripe Area Rug, I’m hoping this would make my living room seem big by making it look longer!
The Entry Way
I feel that if, after opening the door, you cannot see the living room, that means there’s clutter that needs to be shoved away. So I have decided, I am replacing the hodgepodge of things that hit my face once I open the door with a bench with a coat rack and shoe storage, one in all, nothing on the floor, hence instant space-saving!! Check out something like Entryway Coat Rack.
One statement piece on the wall, and that’s it. Or maybe two! Yes, it cleans out space and makes the wall appear expansive. A little trick goes a long way, you see!!
See, these are only a few small apartment ideas that are running widely through my mind. There could be tons more like adding wall-to-floor bookshelves to make the eye run from the floor to the top and thinking ‘wow such a huge ceiling’, using more glass like a glass table-top which again creates that ‘more-space’ illusion, using different shades of the same color like using blue in different shades to decorate the bedroom, maybe put up a painting in teal or navy blue, using turquoise blue duvet and shams and an aqua blue throw blanket to go with it. Do you have a few more to add to this list? Great! Tell me more about it in the comments, I’ll ‘steal’ a few of your ideas for my ‘the great apartment revamping project’ this winter!