Moving to a new space and feeling overwhelmed? Or worse, are you feeling claustrophobic in a new apartment?
Know that you are not alone, that almost 36 million Americans move every year. A third of renters move into new rental spaces every year, and some of their new homes will be smaller than they were used to. So here are some decorating tricks to make apartment living in a small home manageable. Considering that the average American moves about 12 times in their lifetime, these tricks will come in handy down the line!
Decorating Tips That Make Small Apartments Feel Bigger
Lighter means brighter
Lighter colors on the walls and floors open up a room. Darker colors can lead to a cramped feeling, so when in doubt, go light. Some hues that work well with any decorating scheme include pale green, butter yellow, cream, soft white, and a light lavender.
Mirrors, Mirrors Everywhere!
Take advantage of a window and place a mirror across from it. The light will bounce off the mirror and around the room, giving the room an airier feeling. This trick helps make any small room feel larger and roomier.
Be creative with your shelving
Floating shelves are a great way to utilize precious wall space. They can even double as decor pieces, and in a pinch you can use them instead of a nightstand to save floor space.
The corners are important too
One benefit of moving into an apartment complex with smaller rooms is the ability to use the cramped corners to your advantage. These corners are great for a bookshelf, floating shelves, and even some beanbag chairs and comfy pillows for a reading nook. Utilizing this space means you will be using every inch of your housing rentals, getting exactly what you paid for!
Match the curtains and the walls
Doing this will streamline your entire apartment, giving it an unbroken line which makes the room feel much larger than it really is.
Bring in a plant
Setting up a potted plant in any cramped room will instantly make it look larger and more inviting. If you don’t have room on the floor, suspend one from the ceiling. Not only will it bring your room to life, it will provide a breath of fresh air in cramped living spaces.
A bright area rug
This works great especially if you are going more neutral with your floors and walls. A bright area rug will add a pop of color and texture to the room, while giving the area a sophisticated, pulled together look.
Keep these tips and tricks in mind the next time you move, and you won’t have to worry about your small apartment feeling too claustrophobic! With the right planning and interior design hacks, you can trick your brain (and visitors) into thinking your small apartment looks bigger than it first appears!