Multifunctional Small-Apartment Furniture.When square footage is limited, the last thing you need is an obstacle course of furniture to weave through. Stick to the basics of what you need to enjoy your space. This doesn’t mean you need to live in an empty apartment; it means you should select pieces that serve double duty. Some ideas for multifunctional furniture include: An ottoman (even better: a storage ottoman). It can convert your sofa into a chaise sectional or work as a coffee table (with a tray on top for stability) or extra seating. A sofa table. This can serve as a makeshift dining table, a desk or an entryway table. Go the extra mile and choose a narrow 30-inch-high bookcase or a sofa table with shelving. Stacking, self-storing furniture. Nesting side tables have a variety of uses. A bench. It can serve as dining room seating, a coffee table or a low media cabinet.
Even though there is no specific formula when it comes to designing a small home or room, there are a few keys to success. Painting your walls in bright colors, utilizing unconventional hidden storage (such as this underbed box from The Container Store), embedding multi-purpose furniture — these are just some of the tricks we’ve come across on Freshome.
Curved and Organically Shaped Kitchen Countertops. If you’d like to break up all the straight lines in a contemporary kitchen, add a little curve to your countertop design. A curve, especially in the seating area, creates an inviting, communal place where it’s easier to sit and have a face-to-face conversation with each other.
Painting your bedroom is an inexpensive way to elevate your bedroom’s style. To give your room maximum design effect, go beyond painting the wall a selected shade. There are many bedroom paint ideas and techniques to customize your room. Here are some options that can take your bedroom to the next level:
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.
Finally, add paintings, graphic art and flower arrangements for a comfortable feel, and personalize the space in any way you can think of without overcrowding it. Here are 30 of the most ingenious small apartment designs ever presented on Freshome; enjoy and get inspired!
Double It. Create a look that’s twice as stunning by duplicating the style two (or even three) times. This is most commonly done over double sinks, but multiple mirrors could be used over a long single-sink vanity as an alternative to one large mirror.
Add Storage Under the Bed. If you’re in the market for a new bed, consider a bed with drawers underneath for extra storage. If space is so limited that drawers may not open easily, use decorative bins under your bed for additional storage. We love milk crates and other woven baskets that hold up well and look great doing it.
Walls. Tile is frequently used in bathrooms for many reasons. It’s aesthetically pleasing, it reflects light, it’s durable, it’s easy to clean and it’s a simple way to freshen up the space. And options abound for bathroom tile ideas, from material to implementation. Tile halfway up the wall to create wainscoting, use classic white subway tile, tile the entire wall, create a 4-6 inch border or combine multiple style elements using whichever material you like. Using tile is more expensive than painting, however, so if you’re on a budget either choose an iteration that doesn’t use a lot of it or just use paint. Make sure the proper additive is mixed in with your paint color in order to keep it from getting mildewy and if you’re using tile, look for stain-resistant grout (more expensive but worth the extra cost). White and off-white are the most popular bathroom color ideas and neutral colors also help make the space feel calm and fresh. Choosing a monochromatic color palette, where you base the whole color scheme off of one main color, is another popular option and will make the space feel bigger.
Choosing the best accent colors for your window frames. Choosing an exterior paint color palette can often be a challenge. Look to the outdoors and neighboring homes to get a sense of what existing colors are present. Choose a trim color for your home, and consider using the same color on your window frames. Many homes choose to have a field color to their home and two accent colors – one for the trim of their home and one for window frames, doorways, and the garage door. Look to your local paint or home improvement center for color palettes that are pre-chosen to save you time and heartache of choosing!
When starting a bathroom remodeling project think about utility as well as design. Bathrooms are often difficult jobs because multiple components must be arranged to fit–and function–in a small space. There’s also multiple water elements so doing the project correctly, from plumbing to ventilation, is imperative.
Positioning your furniture with the corresponding views is a great way to make your rooms feel more comfortable, and they will be more enjoyable to live and entertain in. If you’re having troubles visualizing how to take advantage of the views, try taking a walk outside and looking back inside your home! You will be pleasantly surprised how seeing the back of a couch from outside, will instantly remind you to turn the couch towards the window for maximum enjoyment of the beautiful vistas!
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