For most people, living in a small apartment means getting used to the cramped spaces. But living in a rental doesn’t mean you cannot enhance the flow of the space, no matter the size. The fact is, not all of us could always buy new pieces of furniture or create a different layout for a room, especially if the budget won’t allow it. But there are so many ways to breathe life back to a space and enhance the flow! Here are great hacks to improve the flow and space of your interiors:
Decorating with Mirrors
Decorating with mirrors is easily one of the most effective ways to brighten any room. Mirrors give the illusion of more depth, making a small room appear larger, airier. Mirrors also reflect light so they light up the room, perfect for small or dark spaces.
If you are working with a small room that looks or feels cramped, I highly suggest using a single, ornate mirror. You can set the mirror in a corner or on a blank wall and just frame it with complementing decors. If you are decorating a sizable room, why not create a gallery mirror? This is a great idea if you want to open up the room while also decorating an expansive wall space.
Invest in Large Area Rugs
Who knew a couple of area rugs make such a difference in a small apartment? Area rugs are not only functional, these pieces help define a space while also adding to the flow of the design. You can use area rugs as an anchor for your furniture, to section off and define a room, or to accentuate the decors and create a natural order to the interior design.
I suggest using large area rugs in a shade that complements your existing color scheme. Large area rugs make a small room look palatial. You can also opt for a large area rug in a contrasting shade or one with an eye-catching pattern to give an otherwise bland space a pop of color.
Unrestricted movement is a sign of a great flow in a room. If you keep bumping into things or if you have to lean to the wall to let others pass through, you have a problem with the flow of your home.
For doorways and paths of movement, these must be cleared from any types of obstruction, such as large pieces of furniture. This helps prevent swerving, which affects the flow of a room. Keep the pathways clear, visible, and defined. Remove any roadblocks to allow movement. For large pieces of furniture, try setting these along the narrow walls so there is a clear path for movement.
Complementing Wall Colors and Decors
A cohesive design adds flow and space to the interior of a home. Using shades in the same color family helps blur out barriers and create the illusion of an open space. This trick is especially effective when using neutrals in varying shades. Ivory, beige, white, gray, ochre, any type of neutral shades provide a pristine backdrop for the rest of the design!
Decorate your interiors in a shade that matches your wall color. For instance, if your wall color is white, choose white decors to complement your base shade. Of course, don’t forget to accentuate the room with pops of colors for a nice contrast. When choosing accent decors for a small apartment, opt for subtle pops of colors. Large statement pieces have the tendency to overwhelm a small room. These decors will make the design appear busy or chaotic, which is the exact opposite of what you want to achieve.
Define Each Zone
You want to create boundaries in between zones and keep the edges of these zones defined. This is an important step in dividing a large space into different rooms, like a studio apartment. Use large pieces of furniture to define the outside edges of the zones. The smaller pieces of furniture, such as side tables, chairs, ottomans, etc., can be used to add definition within each zone.
Create an Accent Wall
Color affects the look and feel of a room. Most rentals feature a neutral color scheme such as cream or basic white walls. You can enhance the flow of the space while also giving your home a fabulous pop of color by creating an accent wall. This trick adds depth to the room while also creating a focal point. For a small room, choose the far wall as the accent wall.
Just choose a contrasting shade to add to the natural tones of your small apartment. For example, a pop of bright salmon, cobalt blue, or teal in the living room makes the space appear bigger and airier. If the color you chose is flashy, don’t forget to use muted or complimenting colors so the accent shade won’t overwhelm such a small space.
Re-Arrange Your Furniture
There is no need to spend a small fortune on new decors and pieces of furniture to add depth and enhance the flow of your small apartment. Something as simple as improving your current furniture setup will work wonders for the space. Re-arranging your furniture is also a great way to discover extra storage spaces.
Start by looking through your decors and pieces of furniture. If the shades of some pieces aren’t complimenting your existing color scheme, keep these in storage. Essentially, you want to avoid using too many colors that do not complement each other because this makes a room appear cluttered visually. Most times, you just need a fabulous accent pillow, an eye-catching painting or a funky couch to tie all the components of a room together.