Published at Tuesday, January 09th 2018. by Carla Hines in Apartment Furniture.
Be creative in your furniture decisions. Furniture that was used for one room in your home may work well in another in your apartment. Be open about how you add furniture to each room and dont make the mistake of trying to recreate your old home on a smaller scale. It may never feel right.
Consider this blast from the past, art deco interior design with small apartment furniture. Once it was all the rage in the 1920s and 30s. However it had a short lived life as a way of designing and setting yourself apart from everyone else. This is in all probability because it grew to such vast popularity. Once everyone started to have it you were no longer set apart from the mainstream and in essence no longer different. Art deco interior design has no deep founded roots in political movements or philosophical theories; it was simply a movement to be creative. It was a whim so to speak and everyone was excited to try and take part in it.
This is fine for the landlords, but inevitably less acceptable for those people who call an apartment complex home. As successful apartment living is a completely different concept to living in an average sized family home, apartment decorating ideas also need to be tackled in a completely unique way. There is absolutely no point in taking ideas that have always worked well in a single family home and applying those same concepts to decorating an apartment - then hoping against hope that the end result will be just as successful. Through better luck than judgment those ideas may work - but then, what if they dont? You will have wasted a lot of time, effort and money, only to end up with a less than perfect result.
While theres a lot of resources out there for decorating todays larger homes, theres very little about how to decorate an apartment or incorporate your furniture into it. Lets face it, many people are downsizing these days and even a 1,000 square foot apartment can seem pretty small after living in a house.
Picking the right furniture for a small apartment is really just about mindset. While stores like IKEA and Target have good choices for furniture that will work in a dorm room or a studio apartment, you can find suitable furniture for small spaces just about anywhere. You just have to think like a ships captain. Why a ships captain? Because the interiors of ships offer the best possible example of good usability and efficient use of space. Anyone who has ever had the good fortune to be on board a large sailboat or even a yacht knows how compact everything is, how much thought goes into how spaces are designed, and how well-built everything is. It becomes very evident that someone put a lot of thought into what was really necessary and then just ignored the things that were not necessary, and made the essentials work.
Just because you live in a space that is a little bit larger than a walk-in closet doesnt mean you have to be uncomfortable or unhappy in it. You will need to make some smart furniture purchases, because a couch that works in a suburban McMansion is not going to work in an urban studio apartment.