Sometimes living in an apartment can feel kind of cramped, but it doesn’t always have to. Did you know that there are plenty of things you can do to make it feel like you have more space? And, are you aware that you’re already doing a lot that’s making it feel smaller?
Try out some of the things on the following list, and watch as your apartment seems to magically have more space!
Choose Colors Carefully
Dark colors can make your rooms feel smaller than they are, but light colors make a space seem larger. Try to stick to pale colors for the walls, such as white, cream, pale blues, and light grays. You can use a different color for the rugs to add some nice contrast.
Everything is a Storage Container
If a room is empty and clean looking, it naturally feels bigger. Make sure to fill your apartment with storage spaces, and they can be hidden or visible. Stock up on storage containers from the store, but also get creative with what you already have. For example, a coffee table doubles as a storage spot. If items can be hidden inside or underneath it, you’ve just saved space.
Just Say “No” to Clutter
It can be tempting to decorate your home with lots of cute little pieces of décor, but you’re not doing yourself any favors. If your apartment is crowded, it will feel smaller than it is. Keep as many areas free of clutter as you can, and go minimalist with your decorating. If you insist on having a bunch of small trinkets, put them in one specific area, such as sitting next to each other on a certain shelf.
Use the Right Light
If your space is brighter, it will also feel bigger. You can’t usually add new windows, but try to keep them open so the light flows in. Also, put plenty of lamps around. They give off much better color than overhead lights do, and they help you control shadows that shrink spaces.
Keep the Windows Clear
Design magazines and store displays want you to believe that you should have amazing curtains and other window treatments to make your home look more beautiful. Again, that sometimes works in large houses, but the opposite is true for smaller apartments. Keep the windows clear, and your space will feel bigger. Also, make sure you regularly clean the glass because that will also add the feeling of size.
Highlight Areas with Rugs
If you place different color rugs in your various rooms and corners, you’ll subconsciously think about them as different places. This will turn into you thinking you have a lot of different areas in your apartment, and it will feel bigger.
Mirrors are Magical
A classic technique to make a space feel bigger is by using a mirror. Just think of how many hotels and restaurants take advantage of this. You don’t have to cover a whole wall with a mirror, but spreading a few around in strategic places will give you the illusion of more space.
Find Customized Furniture
In the world of cramming furniture into your apartment, one size does not fit all. Major retail chains design items that can be sold to people living in everything from giant houses to small apartments, but that’s not always a good idea. Just think about a plush sofa with thick armrests and a tall back. That would look great when trying to fill up the living room of a massive house, but a far skinnier version would do better in your smaller apartment.
Folding Chairs Are Your Friend
Have you ever invited friends over and not had enough room for everyone to sit? That’s frustrating for everyone involved. But, before you go out and buy some more sofas and armchairs, think about how much space that will take up. Instead, invest in some folding chairs. Just make sure you find one of your creative storage places to keep them when they’re not in use.
Hang Instead of Stacking
Framing photos of your great memories is a great way to make your apartment feel more like home, but think twice before stacking them on shelves. That adds to the clutter, but hanging them on the wall can free up more space.
Open Door Policy
Doors can be useful if you have a lot of roommates or really love your privacy, but they really can shrink down a space. Remove all the doors between the various rooms, and you won’t have closed spaces or awkward shapes sticking off of the wall. However, keep the doors on the bathroom or you may soon find yourself with fewer friends.
Your Apartment Isn’t Small
In the end, you have to remember that an apartment is smaller than a mansion, but that doesn’t make it small. If you’re feeling cramped inside, try out these tips. They’ll definitely make your apartment feel bigger.