Nothing quite compares to the cozy feeling you get when living in a small, homey apartment. However, there can definitely be times when you wish you had just a bit more space.
It might be impossible to physically add more square footage to your apartment, but there are other ideas you can use to make the best of the space you have. Regardless of whether you’re living in a large, expensive city like New York; a mid-sized, more moderately priced city like Sacramento; or somewhere in between, both New York and Sacramento apartments have something in common: there’s no cost to changing some things in your home.
Here are a few simple steps to start renovating and maximizing the space in your apartment.
If you’ve ever moved—and you probably have at some point in your life—you’ve likely noticed that you have more things than you actually need. Whether we realize it or not, most of us have a slight tendency to hoard things. So, open your closets, get some boxes, and separate your belongings into two categories: things you feel are necessary and things you no longer need. Then, you’ll see how fast and easy it is to get rid of the “maybe someday” items when you’re set on decluttering.
Now that you’re left with fewer things around the house, do your best to organize them. The minimalist approach dictates that you should have just a few things lying around, so make sure you keep your surfaces clear and store the items you don’t use.
3. Use colors & lights
Dark or overly bright colors can really make a room feel crowded, as well as strain the eye. Instead, select earthy tones or just go with plain white; you can never go wrong with these. They open up the space and help create ambiance, as well as make you feel more relaxed. Also, consider buying some simple artwork and mirrors. Even if they’re small, simple décor can be really useful to maximize the space. Finally, plants add color to your place; besides looking pretty, they also help increase the humidity in the air and reduce stress levels.
4. Choose simplicity
Small furniture is vital when decorating a tiny apartment. The key is to find furniture that is also highly functional. Choose multi-purpose furniture—like a table that can be used as a bookshelf or a wall bed that you can disregard during the day—and use the extra space for other activities.
5. Create extra rooms
If you spend a lot of time at home or live with a roommate, you probably need some privacy or change of scenery—and you can have it! For instance, divide the room using bookshelves, folding screens, or even curtains. You won’t magically create a new room, but it will improve your mood and the way you see your home.