Living in an apartment may seem practical. After all, most people decide to live in an apartment unit because they want to avoid all the complexity of living in a land unit. Mowing the lawn, checking the roof, erecting a fence to keep neighbor’s dog for messing in our yard are all the examples of problems one may get from living in a house. But no matter how practical you claim you are, at some point the feeling to decorate the place we are living in will come.
But who says we cant have nice decoration at apartments? With this smart guide, you will learn how to beautify an apartment.
The First and Foremost
Before we discuss the guide, you have to know that there are limits to apartment decoration. Do not put unreasonable expectations such as buying a large sofa for a studio unit, or wanting a bathtub unit in a bathroom suited only for a shower.
If right now you have not purchased a unit, it will be best if you take a piece of paper immediately and write a list of possible room modification/improvement. Do not hastily make a decision with a consequence that lasts for years.
Contact an experienced agency. Meet their representative in person and evaluate if they have a proper manner to handle your request. Learn a little about the market condition. For example, if you are looking for an apartment unit in Colombia, skim through articles with the topic of Colombian real estate market. Rentals have stricter rules on improvement, and an owned apartment may give you freedom more freedom for decoration but still under some conditions. Know the pros and cons of living in an apartment so that you will not get disappointed later.
Principles of Placing the Furniture
When you decorate an apartment, being space-efficient is the key attitude. First, start from the living room, the most accessible and visible place in the unit. Determine a focal point there before you decide to buy any pieces of furniture.
A focal point of a room is the largest or the most prominent object around which you arrange the others. It gives the room a spacious visual representation.
Second, opt for foldable pieces of furniture. For instance, a murphy bed unit can give you the advantage of having a king/queen size mattress without taking too much space. Some designs even allow the bed frame to be repurposed as bookshelves or wardrobe. A sofabed is also a brilliant solution for the living room because not only can it be the place for you to watch TV or read books but it also allows you to have a sleepover guest.
Retouching the Kitchen
The most unpopular thing about living in an apartment is its small kitchen. But that feature can be a strength if you know how.
Have you noticed how professional kitchens arrange their storage, shelves, and stoves? Mimic their style and utensil types. Observe the photos on the Internet and get inspired. But here are some skimmed information that can help you to grasp the idea faster:
- Use open storage, such as light metal shelving
- Prefers baskets for storing frequently-used utensils
- Incorporate island-style layout (If possible)
In brief, decorating an apartment requires you to give a deep thought on the space efficiency. Avoid having unnecessarily large objects. But if it is inevitable, choose the ones with a multipurpose design. As for the kitchen, take inspiration from professional decoration. You should maximize the practicality and function of each utensil and storage.