Designing a look for a small apartment doesn't mean you have to compromise beauty for function. The interplay of both will help create a unique interior design style that is cozy yet spacious. Choosing light, soft colors is a good starting point for opening up a small space. With so many options for wall coverings, the choice all depends on your budget and the amount of time you have to spend, on a designing project.

Painting is definitely the quickest and most economical way to change the feel of any space. You don't want to feel like you live in a cave, choose neutrals or soft tones. Choosing neutral colors will blend with any furnishings and assist to create reflected light from natural or artificial sources. Wallpaper and wall paper murals are just as affordable as paint, in most cases. Wallpaper is as versatile as paint coming in a variety of colors, pattern styles and textures, suitable for any interior design theme.

Furniture in a small space should be multifunctional, serving more than one purpose. Utilizing dining room tables as a desk or a coffee table as a place to eat is one example. Furniture can also be used to divide a room into two spaces. Sofas, tables, shelving or privacy screens can be used for splitting up the space. One piece of furniture to have is a sofa bed. Neatly tucked away, a sofa bed will offer more room for guests or even yourself and could possibly free up the bedroom design for and office space. When choosing furniture, consider task and function for the pieces. Work around the rooms largest pieces, letting them create a frame work for the rest of the room. All of the elements do not have to match; deciding on which ones will take center stage however, will help you design the space around them.
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Natural lighting from windows and skylights are an excellent way of achieving economical lighting-after all the sun is free! Open up the window of your apartment by taking down the plastic mini blinds or heavy drapes and putting up sheers. If you live in a high rise, you could get away with nothing at all. As far as artificial lighting goes, overhead lighting can be harsh and casts odd shadows. Table lamps, corner lamps and sconce lighting is gentler on the eyes, creates less heat and can assist in drawing the attention of the interior design to a certain focal point.

Organizing the space you are in is probably the most critical point when living in a small space. Clutter can give anyone feelings of being overwhelmed and exhausted. Shelving over the doorways in the kitchen and bathroom designs will give you some added storage space for small light items that tend to create clutter in drawers and cabinets. Utility shelving is another option to consider for the kitchen and bathroom space if your apartment doesn't have much storage space.
 
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