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If you don’t have much space and you are wondering how to decorate a small apartment, you can be sure that you can do a lot with very little space. Although small spaces have unique challenges, with the right choice of colors and elements your small space can seem a lot bigger and can have a lot of style. Choosing colors and materials is a crucial step as it has great impact on the final look and it can make your place visually bigger or it can make it seem smaller that it actually is.
Please don’t decorate the small apartment by letting yourself buy everything you like or on instant wishes. It needs to be planned very carefully. Generally, for decorating apartments with little space, such as studio apartments, it is recommended that you use bright colors and colors which are known to be cold colors. The amount of natural light also plays a big role in choosing the colors: it is best if the apartment has enough natural lightening, so let it in as much as possible. There is an exception to the rule of using cold colors: if the space is dark and does not have enough natural light then use warm colors to paint the walls. They make up for the lack of natural light. Note that in such situation white color is not recommended as it a cold color.
Warm colors visually make the space smaller while cold colors make it look bigger. So, choose cold, bright and unobtrusive colors to paint the walls.
- soft, pastel nuances of colors
- light grey
One of the tricks for enhancing space is to use equal flooring in the entire space, which creates the feeling of space continuity and will make the apartment seem bigger. It is best to use light color for floors as it will reflect natural light additionally and make the room brighter. If you can not change the floor color then get a bright carpet.
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Colors that surround us influence a great deal on how we feel and what we do. Here are short descriptions of colors:
- Red – lifts up the energetic potential so it is best for creating excitement and action. In the living room it will initiate conversation while in the bedroom passion.
- Yellow – it symbolizes energy of the sun so it radiates warmth and happiness. This “happy” color will lift up the spirit.
- Blue – this color is relaxing and slows down breathing and generally calms the body. Use it where relaxing atmosphere is needed. Very often bathrooms or bedrooms are colored in blue.
- Green – this color is most effective for resting. It can be used in every room. It creates comfort and increases feelings of a collective.
- Violet – creates feeling of luxury and creativity. Bright violet, like Lawanda violet has calming effect like the blue color, but without the cold touch.
- Orange – very energetic color which creates excitement and enthusiasm. It has great effect in rooms for exercises or rooms with similar purposes.
Neutral colors are used as the basic color in decorating apartments. They are: white, grey, black and brown. They are excellent because of their flexibility and adjustability to other elements in the apartment.
Colors can be divided in two main categories: cold and warm colors.
Cold colors: grey, blue, green, white. They will visually deviate form the eye which will enhance the space.
Warm colors: gold, orange, red, yellow. They visually shrink when looked at them which will make the space seem smaller.
With all these explanations you need to consider what are the preferred actions of the people which will be living in the space and choose colors accordingly. Think about what atmosphere you want to create and which colors can help you achieve it.
Try to avoid using too many colors and strong colors and limit yourself to three or four colors maximum. Remember: too much colors create a feeling of chaos. It is highly recommended that you use white colors for the walls and use natural, light wood color for the floor and closet or kitchen elements.
Be warned that if you choose to use white floor you may have to do some extra cleaning as everything is more visible on white background. If you prefer some other color it is best that you use it in soft, pastel nuance. The whole place needs to appear as a whole so donât mix styles. You can put cheerful colors in some corners but donât exaggerate.
For the final touch it is even preferred that you put some strong colors on smaller, decorative items like pillows, candles, covers, blankets or paintings, I am sure you can think of a lot other small items which can carry the artistic note. This will break the white/wood monotony and bring life and soul into the room.
If it is possible try to choose furniture first as wall paints come in much wider spectrum than furniture colors. A great trick is to choose furniture to be the same color as the walls, this way the furniture will blend and make the space visually bigger. Also you can use different nuances of the same color and create freshness and spaciousness.
If the apartment is small try to avoid partition walls, they will narrow the space. Only the intimate rooms like the toilet, bathroom or bedroom should be separated. Very often apartments today have kitchen, dining room and living room all combined with the same space. This way the space is bigger and people communicate better, and things get done easier and faster. If you really need to separate rooms in a small apartment it is best to use glass doors as light will still have its way and the room will still be separated. Different areas inside one space can be colored differently which will create some separation while leaving the space open. It is even recommended to color hallway with strong cheerful color. This strong color you can use for hidden corners of the kitchen or in the room which will make the impression of having much more space.
Color combinations often used:
It is a very good idea to use purple or red color for small details like pillows as they will bring energy and warmth inside the space. Since you will use cold and bright colors for small apartment, warm colors on details create a balance and avoid the feeling of coldness.
Vertical stripes can help the apartment too seem taller so they are recommended for walls if you prefer some print on them.
After reading all these precious advices it is time to get to work and wisely choose colors for your apartment and make it a lovely place to live in!