If you’ve ever lived in an apartment rental, you have surely struggled with the issue of space, or should we say lack thereof. From tiny kitchens to cramped bedrooms to multipurpose areas, finding the right way to decorate, arrange, and accent can be a tricky procedure. Luckily, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of your smaller apartment spaces so that you can enjoy the look and feel of a more spacious place to call your home.
Declutter Like it is Your Religion
If there’s one thing that makes an apartment rental appear cramped, small, and unwelcoming, it’s a whole bunch of clutter. Whether it be shelving littered with tiny trinkets, a kitchen counter strewn with barely-used appliances (yes, we’re referring to the bread maker you received as a housewarming gift), or an unsightly stack of old magazines, an overabundance of any type of item are sure to make a space feel enclosed. Make it a routine practice to go through your things and discard anything that you haven’t used in the past six months. Clear countertops to leave only the everyday items you use. When it comes to decorating, consider storing the baubles and replacing them with larger accent items that will compliment the space without causing a lot of visual chaos. The simple act of keeping your space organized and tidy will do wonders for improving the feel of spaciousness.
Play with Your Palette
A lot can be said for the use of color in a small apartment rental. Stick with light or neutral color schemes on walls, as well as light or neutral furniture and accent pieces. If you’re eager for a pop of color, paint the ceiling a bright, inviting tone (with your landlords approval, of course) to encourage the eye to move upwards, creating the illusion of a taller space. Using different shades of the same color in a room can also add to the appearance of space.
Embrace Natural Light
Nothing will make an apartment rental appear bigger than the use of natural light. Make the most out of windows by leaving them bare rather than installing drapes. If you are really compelled to put up drapes, consider a sheer option that will still allow the natural light to pour through. Don’t neglect your windows either. Keep the glass clean by making it a part of your weekly cleaning schedule.
Furniture is Key
It is a common misconception that having large furniture in an apartment rental is a surefire way to make the space appear smaller, but that is not always the case. Oftentimes having one prominent larger piece in a room and other smaller pieces will make a space appear larger. You can compound on this by creating custom shelving that you can build around this larger piece.
Make sure that couches and chairs are raised up on legs rather than resting directly on the floor, and choose tables with glass tops. Being able to see through or beneath them creates a light, airy, and open feel. Purchase multi-functional furniture such as pull-out couches or daybeds. Also consider dining tables that have removable leaves so that you can adjust when you have extra company. Find coffee tables and desks with hidden storage. Also consider finding a floor to ceiling bookcase. The height of the piece will again, draw the eye upwards, creating the illusion of taller ceilings.
Another key component with your furniture is not getting stuck in the trap of pushing everything up against the wall. It can often be counterproductive to your intention. Play with pulling your furniture a few inches away from walls or using it to create multiple spaces within one room.
Use Functional Accessories
Create visual space in your apartment rental by putting down rugs that are striped to give the impression of a floor that goes on and on. Use decorative mirrors strategically on the walls, particularly across from windows, to reflect the light and make your space appear larger. Find sheer shower curtains for tiny bathrooms. Just these simple things can drastically add to the feeling of space within a small apartment.
Looking for an Apartment Rental in Hattiesburg?
Now that you know how to make the best use of the space within your apartment rental, it’s time to find the right place to put your new skills to the test. At Hattiesburg Apartments, we are dedicated to making your next apartment rental feel like the home you deserve. With our huge database of properties available, we are confident that we can help you find the apartment that suits all of your needs. Search through our properties today and reach out to us to get started.