I suspect that living in smaller and smaller spaces is going to be the rule rather than the exception, as more people move to expensive cities. I think if that’s true, we need to think about how such spaces should be furnished.
Traditional furniture assumes a certain amount of room to move about. Those assumptions need to be challenged.
For example, this piece envisions a massive piece of furniture that combines a bed, storage and seating area into one (see below):
Or take this piece, which imagines everything within reach (see below):
I know, it’s not for everyone. But it may be the way things are going for many urban dwellers.
As I get older I get more attuned to this way of thinking: Why I Don’t Want a Bigger Home – Benefits of Small Space Living. Maybe in the near future we will all have smaller personal spaces and larger and more varied public spaces. If so, we will need different furnishings to accommodate this.
P.S. The links have many more images showing how these pieces of furniture look. Worth checking out.
I thought this was great: The Decorating Lessons I’ve Learned From Moving 12 Times in 12 Years
I’ve made many of these mistakes the last time I moved (e.g. waiting too long to decorate). I’ll review this list the next time I am getting ready to move.
If you are planning to move, you owe it to yourself to read that piece.
Good luck with your move!
(Photo by Michal Balog on Unsplash)
While you can do interesting things with paint or wall paper to your walls, another idea is to use simple moulding to break up boring walls. The woman featured in this post, Charlotte’s Budget Beauty — House Call | Apartment Therapy, has it throughout her place, and I think it looks great.
Want more ideas on how to do that? Here you go 🙂 http://lmgtfy.com/?q=add+moulding+to+walls
If you live in a high rise apartment, you likely have big sliding doors hiding clothes in your closet. It’s bland at best. (That’s being kind.) If you want to tackle this and make it into something more attactive, then go here and steal some ideas: 5 DIY Ways to Upgrade Rental Closet Doors — Renters Solutions | Apartment Therapy.
By the way, I highly recommend Apartment Therapy and Renters Solutions for people in apartments that want to make the space look more attactive. It can be done! 🙂
Over at A CUP OF JO is “15 Genius Tips for Living in Small Spaces” that really are worth a read if you live in or plan to move to a small apartment or condo or dorm. It’s advice taken from a couple that live in a 250 square foot place, and they practice what they advise. 250 square feet is very small, as you can see:
And yet it looks like a beautiful space. Take a look.