Tiny Apartment: 5 Ways to Maximize your Living Room Space

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Nothing feels better than crawling on top of your well-made bed or sofa after a relaxing shower. Ah! That good vibes from the cleanliness of your skin touching the softness of your comfort place! It’s a sure way to a heavenly rest whether you are set to sleep or watch the latest television program. But no matter what you want to do for relaxation, your living room is one of the top choices for you, right? Aside from binge-eating and movie-watching, you can also sing songs, strum your guitar, do some artworks, and a whole lot more.

But what if your apartment is so tiny that the idea of living room seems confusing for you? Like how do people expect you to set up a relaxing living room inside a studio-type apartment?

Worry not. You can do it, buddy! Here are some tips for you.

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Let the Light Shine

Did you know that lack of adequate light can affect your mood? As crazy as it may seem, but it is true. So wake-up with a smile on your face by opening your curtains and letting the sun shine inside your tiny apartment. Letting the light in will also make your small space look larger, cleaner and more welcoming.

You can try creative lighting effects if your place lacks adequate natural light. But if you have access to it, open your windows. In fact, the larger windows you have, the better lighting you’ll get. Here’s the magic behind: opening your windows will instantly connect the room with the outdoors, no longer limiting your space.
 

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Go for Switch-Hit

Invest in flexible furnishings by choosing elements that switch-hit. Go for table which can also function as a desk or a dining table. Daybeds or deep sofas are great multifunction space savers too if they can double as beds. You can opt for pieces that can be rearranged to save space like folding chairs, collapsible tables and hanging organizers.

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Trick your Eye

You can trick your eyes into seeing a tiny living room as a big one using decorations such as mirror to create a vista, bring light into dark spaces, and create faux doorways or windows, all of which make a room seem bigger.

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Another good option is from floor-to-ceiling curtains that make your room appear taller. Pick a glass table, too because glass furniture seem to disappear and give you more space.

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Be a Minimalist

Remember, you have a small space so don’t cram everything in it. No matter how elegant looking that six-seater couch is. If you want to have a good-looking, spacious living room in a limited space, go for sleek and lean furniture.

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Play with Colors

Looking for a color palette that won’t make your room cluttered? This tandem of cream colors and icy blues can convert a tiny interior into a seemingly bigger living area. The fact is light colors make a room look bigger and brighter while light and brightly colored walls make a space feel open and airy.

Rather than giving your living room dramatic contrasts, blend the colors in your furniture, flooring and wall covering. Solids with small- and medium-sized prints will also work well for your living room. If you’re into bright colors, accent pillows and a decorative throw in the living room can also satisfy you.

A tiny apartment seems really a challenge in the beginning especially with those big mattresses and couches. But if you know how to navigate your way pass this limited space, you’ll realize that size doesn’t matter at all. The concept of small, after all, depends on a person’s view.

 
Author Bio:

Reema Marquez is a professional writer based in Manila, Philippines. A student of Interior Design, she loves to eat ice cream and watch basketball games. Follow her on twitter.

Nautical Industrial Living Room Design

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I’ve been thinking about nautical design in a non beachy way. Something more masculine and industrial in a color scheme you typically don’t see. You don’t see navys or red hues or aqua and tan instead gunmetal, charcoal gray, black and white is the palette. I wanted to mix metals & steel with chrome elements to give that warehouse vibe but also bring in sealife decor for the sofa (love the octapus and crab pillows) and bookcase. The caged light pendants and tripod spotlight is very urban. I also wanted some natural wood and rope textures to tie in the nautical look. This would be a nice design for a loft overlooking a shoreline somewhere. What do you think?

{pillows, caged light pendant, bar cart, anchor, metal lamp, rope handled tray}

Tuesday’s Tips: from bar cart to bathroom cart

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If you are one of those people with a ton of products you use daily, you may want them in arms reach. Cluttering a surface without a tray is such an eyesore and maybe you have little ones that may accidently drop products styled on the toilet. A repurposed bar cart will comes in handy…

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Tuesday’s Tips: repurpose bar carts and make a coffee station

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Maybe you’re not an alcoholic drinker but you do indulge in a daily latte, coffee or tea time. Those bar carts or small bakers racks can be repurposed as a coffee cart or station. I absolutely love this idea. It’s like bringing a hotel amenity in your own home. There’s just something so welcoming about coffee, cups and cream & sugar waiting for you to start your day.

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Make the station interesting with a picture wall. This is especially cool if you have frequent guests. Make sure to keep any to-go cups with lids ready for those long commutes….

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Keep the jazziest mugs, cups and saucers on display. Now is a good time to at least display those mugs you get as gifts that you never really use. Some mugs can even house the sugar cubes or straws…

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Designs and dimensions in tile, doors and furniture

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I saw AKDO’s tile on pinterest and loved the design. I can see this as backsplash for a stove with gold fixtures.  So pretty…

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Then I saw this which is making some patio awfully fabulous. See more here

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This door is amazing. Talk about an entrance…

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The lines of this desk reminds me of the one Kelly Wearstler used here

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This room has a lot of dimension too in the form of the many textures through out: wood paneled walls, woven headboard, quilted blanket, leather tufted bench. Textures gives interest in an earthy color palette or monochromatic design. Do you like dimension or prefer flush smooth surfaces?

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Tiny Tot Thursday 4.10.14 bunk loft bed heaven

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{Hgtv}

With this loft bed taking up ceiling space, it gives more floor space for other things and furniture, kind of like this

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{Ken Linsteadt Architects}

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I would totally have a big kid moment and sleep here. Which bed would you want if you could be a kid again?

{Interior designer Jett Thompson architect Peter for the Weber Scarp Ridge Lodge}


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