In 2019, more and more people are falling in line with the idea that less is more. In this modern age of technology and instant gratification, there seems to be a heightened emphasis on the health of the mind, body, and spirit and less of one on how many material items one possesses.
For this reason, many Americans are downsizing to save on space, time and money. If you’ve recently moved into a studio or a one-bedroom apartment, you really have no choice but to decorate in a way that’s minimal. After all, a small home doesn’t mean that you can’t live large. If this applies, read on for some interior inspiration on how to furnish your small space!
Furniture and Decor
Since most small homes tend to be box-shaped, when choosing furniture, you should select curved pieces to add different dimensions to the layout. (Dual furniture can also be a great investment.) This avoids a monotone feel and gives you the chance to delineate areas for other activities. Embrace the floating design trend and add more depth throughout by choosing a variety of floating pieces. In lieu of a bookcase, opt for a floating shelf and instead of a couch that sits on the floor, one with legs will appear to take up less space. Keep in mind that layering is not just thoughtlessly piling designs one on top of the other. The idea is to create contrast. To achieve this, you should choose a wide range of materials, textures, and patterns. Most importantly, choose pieces that speak to you and the whole look will come together brilliantly.
Storage & Unused Space
Whether you’re downsizing or just rearranging, rethink the way that you use certain areas and challenge yourself to identify “dead spaces” in which the area isn’t being used purposefully. Are there unused corners or blank walls? If so, take some time to think of cool ideas on how to utilize them. Transform a large windowsill into a work-from-home space or buy a corner shelving unit and effortlessly store bar essentials. Other storage examples include tall, narrow storage systems, hideaway storage, free-standing storage, pegboards and matching storage baskets. A Back-of-the-door shoe-hanger is another simple multipurpose item that can be used to hold anything from cleaning supplies to kitchen items. The goal is to get the most storage out of the least amount of space and when it comes to small apartment living, storage is king.
While you may be short on space you don’t need to be short on style. Creating a space that you will occupy for the foreseeable future will take a bit of critical thinking, but once it begins to come together, you will look forward to coming home and relaxing in your cozy home. For maximum enjoyability, be sure you declutter as often as possible and when you find an organization system that works for you, stick to it!