Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Decorating your Apartment: Tips for Small Spaces

Apartments Now CardDecorating your Apartment can feel daunting, especially since most landlords won't allow you to paint the walls or make other major changes.  But Better Homes and Gardens.com has a list of 19 innovative ideas that will help you make your new apartment truly your space.

Choose lightweight furniture to maintain a sense of openness in your cozy nest.  For example, a small-scale, armless sofa will leave lots of space to move around in your living room, especially if you let it float in the middle of the room, anchored by a rug.  An advantage apartments often have is lots of wall space.  Transform a pair of bookshelves into an attractive storage wall by placing them side by side and covering them with curtains that match or complement your window treatments.  If you want to make the room seem taller, hang curtains in rich, textured fabrics from the ceiling instead of the top of the bookshelf.

Kitchens can often be small in apartments, but make the most of yours with these space-saving secrets.  Use a magnetic strip to hang your knives on the wall, hooks close to the ceiling to organize pots and pans, and line rarely used kitchen appliances or pots on top of the cabinets.  With these tips and more from BHG.com, you'll be feeling right at home in your new place in no time!