Apartments are great for many reasons: they’re easier to maintain, often built in prime locations, and much cheaper than a house. However, many apartment dwellers may constantly face the dilemma of the room being too cramped or feeling a bit suffocated by the lack of space. There are a lot of ways to go about this without breaking the bank on a bigger apartment, and if you follow these tips, you might actually be surprised by the amount of space you actually have.
1. Clean up
Humans are sentimental creatures, and so we like to squirrel away stuff we associate with positive memories. Small, sentimental clutter is great if you actually have the room for it, but in an apartment, that stuff usually piles up and consumes valuable space. Besides, we may unknowingly be keeping things that aren’t even useful anymore, like clothes that no longer fit or makeup that has already expired. Set aside time to do a thorough cleaning of your apartment to clear out anything unnecessary. For items with sentimental value, keep only a few select ones and organize them in a box so they’re not scattered all over the place. For clothes, shoes, and other items that you haven’t worn or used in a long time, consider donating them or throwing them away.
2. Open up the space
Keeping a part of the floor empty presents the illusion of a wider space. Keep tall and large furniture against the wall, and take advantage of slim, compact, and multi-purpose furniture. In a studio apartment, using a fake wall to create the distinction between your bedroom and the rest of the apartment closes up the space and makes it look smaller. Instead, consider using a large but thin shelving unit so that it doubles as storage and a divider. For bathrooms, use clear glass dividers or install frameless shower enclosures.
3. Don’t use too many colours
When buying furniture for the first time, or adding furniture to your apartment, choose colours from the same family. Furniture in muted and matching colours tends to blend with each other better and make the room look bigger. You can add a pop of colour or some patterns here and there, but exercise restraint.
4. Let the light in
Having the right lighting can immediately make a room look much bigger. Well-lit rooms also boost mood and productivity, so for work and living areas, install more lights or do away with heavy curtains altogether.
These are just a few of the many ways to physically and visually clear up a cramped apartment but remember that when it comes to designing your space, the one who calls the shots is you. If you don’t want to discard any of your items, or if you want to use loud, contrasting colours because you like the way they look, then that’s okay. Remember that interior design is extremely subjective. As long as your space makes you happy and comfortable, that’s all that matters.