Lots of Melbournians have swapped the suburban block for a cosy apartment. There’s lots of reasons for this: price point, lifestyle choices and proximity to essential services and utilities. If you are one of the many, many apartment dwellers you might benefit from these tips on how to make the most of the smaller space.
- Colour can matter
The right colour in a small room can immediately create an impression of more space. White, cream or a light grey are the traditionally neutral colours, and for good reason. These colours give a look that is clean and simple but also make the room feel sunnier and more spacious.
- Store smart
An apartment can often be sparing when it comes to storage space, but by making some imaginative choices and staying flexible in your choices, there are ways to keep away the chaos while still making sure you can get to everything you need. Start by taking advantage of overhead storage – hooks can be utilised if need be, or if there is space above cupboards storage boxes keep the space uncluttered while storing necessary items. A step ladder (hung on the inside of a cupboard) is an essential to ensure you can retrieve any overhead items. It is a good idea to use high cupboard spaces for rarely used or seasonal items.
- Furniture with more
A smaller space means that furniture needs to multitask. Many furniture items have hidden storage or more than one function which will allow you to utilise more space. Some couches have space beneath seating and beds provide a number of options, even if they do not come with drawers.
Crates beneath a bed can be used to store linen, towels or seasonal clothing.