By Dixie Sommers
When it comes to moving into a small apartment that barely holds all of your belongings, it can be difficult to find ways to decorate the space and make it feel like home. With a cramped bathroom or a minimal amount of storage, it can be easy to have a cluttered environment that isn’t attractive or comfortable.
There are a few ways to add style to your space and make it look furnished without taking up extra room. Here’s how:
Use Contact Paper
The downside to being a renter is that you typically aren’t allowed to paint the walls or apply wallpaper. However, you can add a little pop of color and pattern around the home using contact paper or removable wallpaper.
Whether you apply the paper to line the inside of a cupboard, or create a new kitchen backsplash, there are dozens of creative ways to use contact paper for your apartment décor.
Incorporate Patterned Rugs
If you don’t have fancy furniture or interesting wall hangings, you might feel like your small apartment could use some help. An easy way to add color, texture and interest to any room is to add a pattern rug.
Consider using rugs with fun prints or geometric shapes for an easy way to increase the aesthetics for a cozy environment. Just make sure you use the proper rug size—a rug that covers the entire room will close in the space and make it feel even smaller.
Add Corner Shelves
In a cramped apartment, corner shelves are ideal for accent pieces that display your personality and style. Many apartments have limited wall space as it is, and filling every wall with shelves, frames, and wall décor will make it look even smaller.
However, a few corner shelves off to the side will give you room to display your favorite items without plastering them all over your precious wall space. These shelves can also be installed in the bathroom or kitchen for a decorative means of extra storage options. Consider using mason jars to hold toiletries, spices, or ingredients.
Use a Few Poufs
One of the most current trends with home decor is using poufs in a living room or bedroom. Poufs come in a variety of different prints and materials, and can provide extra seating and extra storage at the same time.
You can use a pouf as extra seating without cramming more furniture into a small room, or find one with a removable lid as a way to store extra blankets or board games.
If you don’t want to buy a new one, you can find a bargain pouf and re-cover the piece on your own using a colorful pattern that will add interest to the room. This is a great option if you feel like your furniture is too bland, and could use a little fun.
Add a Trunk for a Coffee Table
When living in a small apartment, it’s important to have each furniture piece be as functional as it is decorative. Scour a few flea markets for an antique trunk that can be used as a coffee table in the living room.
This can easily be used as extra storage to eliminate the amount of clutter in your living room or bedroom. An old weathered trunk can easily be cleaned off, or even repainted in order to create a new accent piece in any small room.
Although it can be difficult to live in tight quarters, there are practical and creative ways to enhance the style and functionality of your home. Think outside of the box when it comes to your needs while also adding character to the space with unique prints, antique pieces and accessories that offer a bit of flare.
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Dixie Somers is a freelance writer who loves to write for home décor and women’s interests. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters. Dixie got advice for this article from the professionals of Streetcar.