Recently, I moved from a three-bedroom home to a one-bedroom apartment. I had to get rid of a lot of stuff… and it was hard! Now, with a lighter load so to speak, I feel my apartment looks better than my house did and has the illusion of a bigger space.
Maybe you are moving into your first place or like myself, are downsizing. How will you make this small apartment feel like a bigger space and still feel like home? Here are five tips that worked for me…
- Plants add color and freshness to a home. I love having fresh flowers and a few green plants in my space. (Farmer’s Market season!) The green color really pops with the lighter palette.
- Less is more. With my new space I didn’t feel the need to cover every wall with pictures. I wanted it to feel homey without being overdone. I left space on the walls, on the tables, etc. I picked my very favorites things to display and saved the rest or donated it.
- Lighten up the colors in your small space. As you can see(photo below), I chose a white, beige, gray color scheme and it feels lighter and spacious because of it. An accent wall in a darker color is great but lighter walls will give a more spacious illusion.
- Ceiling to floor curtains add height and make the room appear bigger. I just love my striped curtains and how they give height and pattern to my living room and bedroom.
- Furniture size is important in a small space. Choose furniture that is smaller scale, so you aren’t crowded by large, over-sized pieces that make it difficult to move around. Have defined walkways.
These are a few suggestions for making your new, smaller space work efficiently and give you the warm feeling of home. I often find inspiration on blogs too. A couple of my favorites are Thistlewood Farm and Finding Home. Share your tips in the comments. Happy Decorating!
- Amy France-Vena is not only a Horizon Realty Group property manager, she is also a resident! Amy is a certified stager and before joining Horizon, she had her own staging company. Her skills have certainly come in handy at the property she manages, The Uptown Regency. Looking for a new home with a built-in manager/decorator? Find Amy there!