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Jul 13 2011

Cool Decorating Tips to Help Make Your Apartment Your Own

Decorating an apartment can be a challenge.  Some landlords aren’t too happy when you make changes such as painting or replacing window treatments, while others don’t mind as long as you ask them.  If you’re ready to make your apartment your own so that it reflects your personality and style preferences, here are a few easy ideas that will help you accomplish the task.

Paint the walls if it’s allowed

The easiest way to give your apartment a fresh look is with wall color.  If your landlord agrees, use bright colors to make the spaces look larger.  A bold splash of yellow or pale melon on a single wall gives the room a fresh, cheery appeal.

Use wall art to make a statement

Blank walls are boring; to put it mildly.  Inject depth and interest into the living room by adding wall decor with a rustic, old time feel.  If you cannot afford to buy pictures or prints for the walls, make them yourself!

Take your own photographs and have the ones you like best enlarged.  Consider using a sepia or black and white finish for a unique look.  Purchase inexpensive picture frames made of wood or metal to complete the look.  You may even consider crafting the wood frames yourself, or giving the ones you purchase a worn finish by sanding and whitewashing.

Think outside the box when it comes to furnishings

One thing you want to avoid, especially if you have a small apartment, is bulky over-size furniture.  Consider sleek furnishings that are designed on a smaller scale, even low-flung sofas and chairs with no arm rests.  Large throw pillows are perfect for extra seating when you have company; after they leave, simply stack the pillows in a corner for a punch of color.

Salvaged items can be used in a variety of ways.  One way to create a unique coffee table is to use an old wooden door.  Paint it, sand it, give it a fresh coat of stain or create any look you like.  Use large terracotta pots as the “legs” for the table, and you have an interesting yet beautiful conversation piece.

Make your apartment appear larger with this easy trick

Find an old window, preferably one without the glass.  Have a mirror cut to fit the window frame, and then hang it on the wall directly across from the existing window.  Hang curtains around the mirrored “window”, and even add a shelf below it to create a makeshift window sill.  Instant window – and the reflection of light in the mirror will make the room appear much larger than it really is.

These are just a few tips that will help you create a look for your apartment that is fresh, appealing and totally original.  Your apartment doesn’t have to look like every other apartment in the building!  With a little creativity and a few great finds, you can decorate your apartment in fresh style without spending too much money.   Most importantly, have fun, and enjoy your living spaces.

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Mar 09 2011

How to Make Your Small Apartment Look More Spacious

Published by under Interior Design & Decorating

If you’re planning to move into a small apartment in the near future or already live in one, you may be wondering how to make it appear more open and spacious.  The way you decorate can make a huge impact on the appearance of your apartment; whether it looks tiny and cluttered or light and airy.  In this article you will find plenty of great ideas for visually expanding the square footage of your apartment.

Finding unique ways to store some of your belongings out of sight is essential to making your apartment look bigger, so we will touch on that area as well.

Storage tips

Clutter makes any room look smaller – and messy.  If you have lots of “things” that you collect but don’t really use on a regular basis, put them away.  Buy plastic storage bins for your belongings and place them under your bed, or even in a closet.

Color coordinated wall shelves are a great place to put your collectibles, candles and other trinkets so that they aren’t scattered all over accent and end tables.  Keeping the tops of your tables empty is important for keeping the look open and uncluttered.

If you are one of those people who like to collect anything and everything, consider renting a storage shed or even throwing away those things you really never use.

Choosing the right furniture

When it comes to apartment living, you need to keep furniture to a minimum.  Choose a style that is simple and designed on a smaller scale; avoid heavy, bulky looking furniture with intricate carvings.

A sofa that pulls out into a bed may be one idea you want to consider if you plan on having any overnight guests.  Also look for sofa and end tables that have cabinets or drawers underneath that can serve as additional storage.  Include a television stand with doors so that when not in use, you can hide away the television.

With furniture, it is important that you think not only about style and design, but consider how certain pieces can be used as additional storage space.

Color

Color plays a huge role in how small or large your apartment looks!  Lighter colors visually open up spaces, while dark colors diminish.  Choose neutral or pale shades such as sand, pale peach and butter yellow to make the area bright and cheery.  Stick to three colors, with one being the dominant to make your apartment look stylish and coordinated.

Walls should be uncluttered as well; instead of a grouping arranged using several smaller pieces of artwork, consider a single large piece of art for the wall.  Again, the look is uncluttered and streamlined.  To add interest and appeal to the room, consider painting a single wall a different color from the rest; for example, if your living room walls are cream or off-white, paint one wall pale peach to add depth.

If you decide to use curtains for the windows, stick to light, airy sheers and avoid heavy drapes that are darkly colored.  You may even consider hanging sheers at ceiling level well above the actual window to give the impression of a larger window.

Put these ideas to work in your apartment, and you will notice that it looks twice as big!  You can get rid of that claustrophobic look and feel if you do it right.

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Nov 08 2010

Small Apartment Decorating Tips & Ideas

Published by under Interior Design & Decorating

Living in a small apartment can create a real decorating challenge.  You hardly have enough storage space, and making the rooms look spacious is a difficult task.  Even if you have a tiny apartment, you can make it appear twice as large with a few easy tricks.  In this article, you will find some simple ideas for making your small apartment look bright and spacious.

A few well-placed accessories add vibrant color

When decorating small rooms, you should always keep clutter to a minimum.  Display only a few brightly colored accents and accessories to add depth and interest.  In the living room, a single large vase filled with fresh flowers, a large candle and a single print or painting on one wall are all you need to add color while keeping the area open and spacious.

Apartment kitchens can be so tiny that only one person can be in the room at a time.  Keep counters cleaned off by placing small appliances, bread, chips, dishes and other items away in cabinets or the pantry if one is available.

Furnish the rooms sparingly

In a small apartment, all that is needed in the living room is a sofa, chair and coffee table.  You may want to place a small bookshelf in a corner to hold books, and magazines with small lamp on top.  Keep furnishings against the wall so that the floor space in the center of the room is wide open and easy to walk through.  A brightly colored accent rug in this area adds texture and additional color.

The bedroom may be small as well; furnish it with a twin or full sized bed, a nightstand and chest of drawers.  Keep clutter in this room to a minimum as well, and add color with large wall hangings.

Let lots of natural light in

Any room looks larger when it is filled with natural light.  Most apartments come furnished with mini blinds, but if you want to make the room look bigger there is a simple trick that actually makes windows appear larger.  Hang a curtain rod that is approximately twice the width of the window; use light or brightly colored sheers that are pulled back to both sides.  You may want to hang the rod near the ceiling to give the impression of a tall window as well.

Light colors visually expand a room

Throughout your apartment, use furnishings that are light colored to make the rooms look bigger.  Dark colors make an area recede; lighter shades visually increase space.  Consider light sand, pastel peach, butter yellow and other light shades for upholstery, accent rugs and curtains.  You can add additional splashes of color with accent pillows and throws.

For additional storage and to keep the clutter at bay look for plastic storage bins that can be used under the bed, or purchase a coffee table for the living room that contains drawers underneath.  This way you can keep all of those items you don’t use often stored away and out of sight until you need them

Put these tips to work for you, and you will see that even the smallest apartment will appear bright, cheery and welcoming.

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May 10 2010

Apartment Living Doesn’t Mean Your Decor Can’t Be Appealing!

Published by under Interior Design & Decorating

Living in an apartment or small condo does have limitations.  Since you don’t own the property yourself, there are certain things you cannot do.  You can’t change the floors, put nail holes in the walls, or change the kitchen counter top.  Does this mean you must be resigned to live in something that is less than appealing or drab?  Not at all!

Usually, all of the apartments in a specific group look exactly the same.  They all have boring white walls, the same flooring or carpeting, and bare windows or, in a best case scenario, windows with white mini-blinds.  How can you make yours look original and add your individual style?  Here are some tips.

Decorate Your Walls

 

You may or not be able to paint, but it doesn’t hurt to ask!  Many apartment managers will allow you to paint, since they can easily paint over your color if you move out.  If you can, paint one wall a bold, bright color to add visual impact.  If you cannot paint, hang a very large and intricately patterned tapestry on the wall.  You might also want to consider bold, colorful prints without a frame, or with a simple mat edge.

When decorating walls, be sure to use hangers you can purchase for this purpose.  This way, you don’t have to put holes or nails in the walls, which may not go over well with the management!

Add Some Drama to the Floors

 

While you can’t rip up the carpet or cut out the linoleum, you can use colorful area rugs.  In the kitchen, consider using brightly colored botanical patterns.  Bright sunflowers, daisies and poppies add a cheerful look and break up the monotony.

In the living area, consider a couple of smaller rugs, or one large area rug strategically placed in front of the sofa.  Consider your color scheme, and choose bold patterns for this room.  Intense stripes and plaids make a great addition, particularly if you have solid colored furniture.

Add Flair to the Windows

 

You may have to leave the mini-blinds hanging, but you can certainly add a little color!  Hang sheer curtains that coordinate with your other décor, or create drama by draping a boldly colored satin sheet above the window allowing it to cascade down the sides and onto the floor.

The most important things you can do to dramatically change the look of your rooms is to add color, pattern and texture.  Accomplish this with paint, throw rugs, big fluffy throw pillows and other decorating accessories.  Keep several big pillows on hand; they are great for floor seating when several guests are coming to visit!

Keep furniture to a minimum to create a spacious look.  Low profile furnishings without arms help add to the open feeling.  Coffee or end tables should be simple and not too big or bulky.  Add a few creative accents of your own, and you have an apartment that looks and feels like home!  A little imagination can go a long way in creating appealing spaces.

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