Apartment Interior Design for Small Spaces and Small Budgets

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Apartment Interior Design for Small Spaces and Small Budgets

Staff Writer · Sep 7, 2009

Living in a small space can bring out a host of decorating ideas for the budget-conscious individual with respect to apartment interior design. The amount of space you’re working with is a primary consideration as to the type of decor you employ with regards to bedroom design, kitchen design and your overall living room design. The following tips can be helpful in making your small place inviting, as well as practical for everyday needs.

Tip #1 – Employ Circular Shapes into Your Living Room Design

To give the boxiness of your apartment living room more scope, use circles within the square dimensions of your living area. For example:

  • hang mirrors with oval or rounded frames
  • use rounded cushions versus square cushions on couches, love seats and chairs
  • opt for using round baskets to hold such things as magazines

This way, you lessen the feeling of confinement that can come from a boxy interior.

Tip #2 -Use a Headboard

Affix a headboard in your bedroom design that also can be used as a shelf for books. A headboard that is decorative, as well as practical, is essential when you’re working with a limited space. Making sure the headboard can also function as shelving makes it a convenient furnishing as well. It’s also a practical consideration for anyone who is on a budget.

Tip #3 -Utilize Wall Space

Make use of  the wall space in your kitchen design. Affixing shelves to walls in your kitchen for, say, smaller pots and pans, as well as herbs and spices, can free up cabinets as well as counter space. Also, if you can attach a shelf to the wall for the microwave, this can lend to the use of additional space in your kitchen. Another way to accommodate a small amount of kitchen space is to add hooks for such things as mugs. Place utensils, such as wooden spoons, in vases to add decorative touches (and for easy access).

Tip #4 -Use Verical Lines

Give the illusion of height by using vertical lines. To give the illusion of height in an apartment with a low ceiling, use furnishings such as high-back chairs to do the job. Or, manifest the illusion by using straight curtains to create the effect.

Tips #5 – Do Not Use Elaborate Patterns on Fabrics

Using elaborate patterns on fabrics (on couches or chairs) will only succeed in making the room seem even smaller. Keep everything simple and the colors in the pale or neutral range.

Tips #6 – Pay Attention to Textures

The textures on furnishings and walls can impact the light in a room. With regards to apartment interior design, this is an important point to remember. For example, glossy surfaces such as glass or tile, reflect light and thereby add to the brightness in your apartment. On the other hand, carpet surfaces or brick exteriors absorb light, creating a soft ambience.

If you’re on a budget, like most of us, these basic tips can make your life run a little more smoothly. Hopefully, they’ll serve to help you enjoy your life as an apartment dweller even more.

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