Not to be the bearer of bad news, but your first apartment is not a glamorous as your imagination makes it out to be. It will probably be fairly small, involve a lot of hand-me-down furniture from your parents, and if you’re like me, you may only get one room and about 700 square feet to call yours [at least for 12 months until your lease is up].
If you do find yourself with a small studio apartment, here are some suggestions for making the most out of your tiny space!
Lot of mirrors. Not only will they make your apartment look bigger, but they’ll also help add some much needed light, especially if you’re short on windows. You can group small mirrors together for a clean gallery look, or turn a long skinny mirror on its side to make any wall look longer.
Break up the space
Positioning your furniture as room dividers will help break up the room into segments, and keep your apartment more organized. Bookcases, room dividers, ceiling-hanging curtains and furniture are great for this! For example, use the back of your couch to separate your kitchen space from your living room area. Rugs are also a great way to break up space!
A major key to keeping your apartment looking clean [and bigger] is ensuring you have enough storage space. Your apartment will look cluttered and thus smaller, if you have baskets of clothing or pots and pans out in the open. Be strategic and utilize furniture that doubles as storage. Whether it’s a dresser, an ottoman or a trunk at the end of the bed, storage will help keep your apartment looking tidy and bigger!
Neutral tones will help keep your apartment bright and more open. White walls are one of the easiest ways to make an apartment appear more spacious. There are many options available for removable wallpaper if painting isn’t an option. Utilize long curtains to help make your ceilings look taller, and plants or bright throw pillows for pops of color!
Lighting is key
Allowing natural light into the apartment helps make it look larger and brighter. If you don’t have access to a lot of natural light in the apartment, be creative in utilizing light fixtures. It’s amazing how much light a simple $12 lamp from Target can help! [Tip: use upward facing light fixtures. It will draw your attention upward, and avoid the shadows or downward direction of recessed light!]