So you’ve decided to move into a smaller Ottawa apartment. Maybe it’s your first apartment, maybe you’re moving in with a partner, or maybe you’re downsizing from a larger apartment because you don’t want to take care of a big space anymore. Whatever your reasons, there are hundreds of great smaller apartments in the Ottawa area that have just as much character as the bigger ones – they just need a little creativity to make them “WOW!”
If you’re moving into a bachelor apartment or a one-bedroom apartment, there are many affordable tricks you can do to make your apartment look and feel bigger. Remember, you don’t have to compromise to turn your apartment into a home. Below is a list of decorating tips for your smaller Ottawa apartment.
Let’s be honest, some people can do this better than others. Living in a smaller space, like a bachelor or one bedroom apartment, means that you need to start considering what items in your life are necessary, and which are not as necessary. Do you need your entire porcelain doll collection to be on display? Maybe. But in that case, you’ll need to make some compromises with other things.
Clutter makes spaces look smaller. When you already have a small space, more clutter only brings the walls in closer. Work out ways to get collections out of view, organized behind doors, table skirts, or on shelves. With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space that is in view will feel orderly and open.
Colours make a difference! Whether it is the colour of your furniture, the colour of your walls, or the colour of your carpets, colour can completely change the feel of your apartment.
Dark, warm tones make an apartment feel cozy and intimate. Therefore, light, cool colours make a space feel open and airy. To best open up your small apartment, select soft tones of blues, yellows, and greens.
Choose colours that are in the same colour family. Cool colours and delicate warm colours on most surfaces give the room a more open look.
Your bachelor or one bedroom apartment will look larger if it's well lit, either by natural light or artificial lighting. Get rid of heavy draperies and open up the windows to let the light of the outdoors into the apartment.
Not to mention, if you open your apartment windows up to let in natural light, you’ll get some much needed Vitamin D…which will also make your living environment feel healthier.
Have you ever walked into a restaurant or bar and thought to yourself, “Wow, they have another room over there! This place is huge!” Then it dawns on you, “Oh, it’s just a mirror.”
It’s okay, it happens to the best of us. The truth is, mirrors are an excellent way to make a small apartment seem bigger. You might not like the look of a mirrored wall, but you have to admit that it always makes a room look larger.
Your small apartment should use a large framed mirror on a wall. Alternatively stand an over-sized framed mirror against a wall. You'll get the same apartment-enlarging effect as a mirrored wall, but with more style. The space and the light will be reflected for a more open feeling.
Believe it or not, having larger furniture and larger wall fixtures in your bachelor or one bedroom apartment can actually help to make your apartment appear larger!
Use a few large, simple pieces of furniture or accessories in place of several smaller pieces, which would make a small apartment, look cluttered. With open space and large blocks of colour, the apartment will appear to be more calm and comfortable.
If you’ve made the move to a new bachelor or one-bedroom Ottawa apartment, consider all these options as a way to enlarge your space. Not only will your guests feel more comfortable, you’ll feel right at home in a more open livable space.
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