If you’re apartment hunting for space with a lot of square footage, but you keep coming up short, don’t get frustrated. A few tricks can help you to maximize your square footage in a way that makes you feel like you’re actually in a much larger space by simply using each square foot you have with maximum efficiency. From the colors you choose to accent your rooms, to your choices in furnishing, you’ll be amazed at home you can take a smaller apartment space and give it the feel of an open-air home.
First, take a look at your furniture. Is it pushed up against walls to give you a more open center living area? If it is, then you’ve reached your first mistake. A common misconception is that putting furniture up against the walls helps to maximize space by “getting it out of the way”, but the opposite actually rings true. Having your chairs, couches, or tables angled and away from walls gives you more breathing room around your furnishings, creating a roomy open feel you simply don’t get when furniture takes up much of the lower wall space.
Next, you’ll want to take a look at the color schemes you use. Dark and dramatic colors used as a primary color actually work to make your space look smaller, and what you should be aiming for are whites and lighter pastel-type shades. Accent or statement pieces around the room can take on dark dramatic colors or jewel tones, but try to keep the walls, the main furnishings, and the focus on these lighter shades. Lighter colors tend to reflect more light, opening up space and making it appear larger and freer.
Lastly, try to go for multifunction with your décor and furniture, rather than cluttering the area with multiple pieces. For example, an ottoman with storage is an excellent way to keep clutter away with a functional furniture piece that works to kick your feet up or seat any guests. Another idea is a table with shelving underneath, which can be used for storage while the tabletop holds some stand-out statement décor.
Apartment living doesn’t need to mean small-space living, and with a few simple tricks, you can really maximize the square footage you have for a bright, open, and airy atmosphere. If you’re looking for a beautiful new apartment, contact us today!