Bookcases. Bookcases are a lifesaver when it comes to living small. They come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Our picks are not only functional, they’re attractive. Some ways to use a bookcase creatively in a small apartment include: As a room divider, floating it in an area to split up the space. To house collections of items to clear clutter and give a room a design boost. As a home office, with a shelf set at a height of 28-30 inches to serve as a writing or laptop spot, plus a section for a printer. As an entry, breakfast, media or sofa table. As an armless sofa bookend instead of a side table.
Tactile Texture. Teens love spending time in their rooms because they feel safe and comfortable. Naturally drawn to feel-good fabrics and textures, be sure to add some touchy-feely elements in a room. Some ideas include: Flocked velvet wallpaper, A faux fur rug, Hanging curtains to divide the space, Plush bedding, Hang fringe, Pillows of various colors and textures.
Living Room Paint Ideas. A can of paint is one of the easiest, fastest and least expensive ways to completely change the look of your living room. Two great living room paint ideas include adding an accent wall and adding texture to your walls. If your living room lacks a focal point, or if you want to further emphasize a focal point, an accent wall can emphasize a particular shade, or you could use a complementary design like stripes or two hues separated by a chair rail. In a small room that a bright tone may overwhelm, you can still incorporate your favorite shade on one wall while the others boast a more neutral color. If your décor pieces can best be described as eclectic, an accent wall can pick up on a common hue and make each item pop.
Live Vertically. If floor space is limited but you have higher ceilings, consider adding a loft or platform for your sleeping area with storage or seating underneath. This isn’t an option for everyone, but for those who don’t mind literally climbing into bed, this layout can completely transform a space.
Showers and Tubs. Though you might not want or even use a bath tub, every home should have one to appease buyers who dream of a spa tub or those with young children (or dogs!). Take advantage of the shower/tub area to define zones in the room and create an accent wall by changing up the tile you use. You’ll want to select a tile that has a water absorption rating of less than 3% (lower than what’s recommended for the floors) and has good traction (a coefficient of friction that’s greater than or equal to .60). If you’re debating between an open or closed shower take a look at our pros and cons to help make your decision.
Metallic Wall Paint. If your room is naturally dark, metallic paints add a warm sheen to your walls. They require several coats to apply but are worth the final effect. Both Ralph Lauren and Sherwin Williams sell easy-to-use metallic paints in a variety of colors. The wall in the image below is painted in a metallic steel paint color.
Different operable windows for your unique application. Many homes utilize the classic sash window – which means the moveable portion of the window can either move up or down or left to right. Double hung windows move up and down and horizontal sliders move horizontally. Awning windows are popular in apartments and older homes and they are top or bottom hinged to allow the window to open at an angle. Hopper windows that are hinged at the bottom are used mainly over doorways or windows and should be protected by an exterior eave to shield from the elements.
A few key pieces of furniture: If your space has floor to ceiling windows and panoramic views, a lot of furniture will clutter your space and compete with the views. Try to limit your furniture to a few key pieces of furniture, such as a sitting chair, dresser, and bed for a bedroom. In a living room space, consider a couch, coffee table and a few complimentary chairs to pull the room together. To take advantage of the views, limit how much furniture is placed directly against the windows, as it will also make the room feel smaller.
How do you like to be awakened? No, this isn’t a trick question, but honestly, some people enjoy being awakened by the morning sun, and others would prefer the sun to be to the side, or back of them. Positioning your bed towards a window that gets morning sun may be a beautiful awakening, and to others it feels bothersome. Decide for yourself and you want to take advantage of beautiful views in your bedroom, before moving your bed!
Stripes and Patterns. For a unique effect, try painting a stripe or several on your walls. Stripes don’t have to be uniform or always vertical. A stripe can run horizontally or in a pattern.
Don’t agree with us? Give the article a quick read and you may find yourself experiencing an unprecedented change of heart. You may even catch yourself looking at your furniture in a new light, which is always a very exciting possibility.
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