Published at Thursday, January 11th 2018. by Carla Hines in Apartment Furniture.
So, maybe the time has come to move out of your parents home for the first time and into an apartment. There are a lot of things to take into consideration once youve chosen the apartment complex where you want to live. One of the things youll need to think about is furniture. The furniture you are used to from a home will not fit quite the same in an apartment. You must realize that apartments are much smaller than most homes. That means they hold less furniture and that the pieces of furniture you should be putting in the apartment have to be smaller than what you may be accustomed to.
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.
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.
Colors always give an illusion of space or lack of it and, in order to make the most of apartment decorating ideas, the last thing you want is to choose the wrong color or wrong shade, with the result that your lovely, newly-decorated apartment appears to be much smaller than before you started. Stick with pastels, or pales hues, which will catch any available light and give the space you do have a lift. Carrying on with this theme, place mirrors around the apartment to reflect as much light as possible. Use mirrors as accent pieces and you will be pleasantly surprised at the success of your apartment decorating ideas and the warm vibrancy of the resultant finish.
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.
If your small kitchen is L shaped you will have a number of different choices. Just remember to do the math. You do not want a table measuring six feet in a space that measure seven feet. The table may fit, but besides looking totally out of place, getting to the seats will be next to impossible. There is a basic rule that two feet is needed to comfortably reach and leave the table regardless of its style. If the measurements are square, such as 6x6 feet, you can opt for a small round or square table. If the measurements are rectangular as in 6x8 feet, you may want to consider a table that is narrow and long. Both the bench and drop leaf styles would work well in these spaces. Just remember that both floor space and proportion are the two most important factors to keep in mind.