Apartment Living - Personalizing Your Space
Apartment Living - Personalizing Your SpacePosted by Korman Res | Apartment Living - Personalizing Your Space
Considering renting an apartment but worried that your inner interior decorator might feel a bit restricted? While it’s true that most apartment communities may frown upon residents making changes to the structure, fixtures, appliances or floor coverings in their apartment, it doesn’t mean that you can’t let your personal style shine through. A little bit of imagination and know-how can help you overcome almost any design challenge and create an apartment home that is as unique and spectacular as you are. Here are some of our favorite apartment design hacks:
HACK 1: Create a “wall of windows”, even if there isn’t a window! Hang beautiful drapes from high up on the wall and extend beyond the window frame (if there is one) to create the illusion of a large wall of windows.
HACK 2: Install wall shelves to display colorful artwork and knickknacks. Items can be rotated out depending on the season or your mood.
HACK 3: Create an art gallery on one wall with an array of framed paintings, photographs, or even mirrors.
HACK 4: If you can’t paint your walls, paint your furniture! Paint pieces of furniture (such as your coffee table, sideboard, or TV console) in vibrant colors and accessorize with throw pillows and knickknacks in complementary colors.
Neutral Floor Coverings
HACK 1: Two words – AREA RUGS! A well-placed area rug can instantly change the style of a room, and there’s no reason why you can’t place an area rug over existing carpeting. If the room is small enough (such as an 8x10 bedroom), an area rug can cover the entire floor space.
HACK 1: Large mirrors reflect light and make a small space appear larger and brighter. This works particularly well when hung on a wall across from a window.
HACK 2: Choose smaller pieces of furniture in living areas. Replace a large entertainment center with a smaller TV console, or install your TV on the wall which will give your console more storage space. Replace a coffee table with an ottoman that has built-in storage. Place trays on top of the ottoman for drinks and other items, or remove the trays and use the ottoman for additional seating when you have company.
HACK 3: Whether you have a small space or an open floorplan, zones can be defined with well-placed furnishings and area rugs. For example, the back of a sofa can serve as a room divider between a living area and dining area.
HACK 1: An entryway can be defined by installing shelving, a bench and hooks for hanging coats and storing hats, gloves and scarves, leaving storage space in the closet for other items.
HACK 2: Create the look of built-in library shelves by placing two or more identical bookcases side-by-side. Look for bookcases with cabinets on the bottom for extra storage.