Decorating an apartment, like one at Carraway Village, Chapel Hill’s newest community, is not rocket science, but when you have a somewhat smaller space to decorate, you do need to be careful. Certain decorating mistakes can make the space feel confined and closed in, rather than open and inviting. It’s also easy to go overboard and end up filling the space with clutter. Here are some mistakes that you’ll want to avoid as you set up your space.
You need an easy path through your apartment. Placing a piece of furniture directly in the direction of flow is never a wise move. Make sure you consider doorways, closets, and normal walkways when planning the placement of furniture in your home. If needed, use a grid to plan the floor plan and furniture placement.
Too Much White
Many apartment residents assume that white will make the space feel larger. White can make a space feel larger, but only if it has ample natural light. In a dark room, it will contribute to the feeling of being closed in. A mid-tone or a deeper shade can create a feeling of depth better than white.
Not Relying on a Color Palette
A color palette serves as a recipe for your decorating scheme. It gives you a blueprint for everything you buy for your apartment home. Choose a primary color and at least two complementary colors, then use those to drive your choices as you make purchases for your apartment.
Buying Rugs too Small
An area rug is often used in an apartment to bring personalization to the space, but if it’s too small, it can make your apartment feel cramped. Make sure the rug is large enough to almost fill the space. If you’re putting furniture directly on it, then it needs to be large enough to hold all the furniture with some extra rug around it.
Hanging Art at the Wrong Height
When hanging artwork on the wall, strive to make it all the same height. Hanging the poster over the sofa at one height and the art in the hallway at another is confusing, and in an apartment where most spaces can be seen at once, it’s even more so. Aim to hang your art at eye level, with the center about 57 inches from the floor, to keep things consistent. If you’re building an art wall, keep the center at this height, even if the rest of the collection goes higher or lower.
Decorating an apartment can be the best part about moving into a new space. It gives you the chance to personalize your new home, making it feel cozy and home-like. With a little bit of decorating know-how, you can avoid these common mistakes and create a stylish space that you’re proud of.