Apartment Living Design Tips
Always start with the sofa: A common decorating mistake is purchasing an oversized sofa which will make an apartment feel cramped. Low back sofas paired with an armchair or ottoman for extra seating work well in small spaces. It is also advisable to select a durable leather sofa which is easy to clean, especially when furnishing a rental property.
Importance of multifunctional furniture: To make the most of every square inch of space select multifunctional furniture. For example stylish ottomans can be utilised as storage space and as extra dining chairs when friends and family pop around for dinner.
Lighting and space: In confined areas it is best to avoid table lamps that have large shades. Bernadette recommends using accent lights to draw attention to a special feature in an apartment, and task lights to illuminate work areas such as a desk or kitchen bench top. When it comes to apartment living always maximise natural light as this helps to open up a room.
Mirrors and increasing your space: Mirrors can create an amazing illusion of space. When selecting a mirror for an apartment, think big! The bigger the mirror, the more light it can reflect. The positioning of the mirror is important – make sure that it reflects something with depth, or a decorative painting.
Distinguishing spaces and flooring: By placing the same quality flooring throughout an apartment and taking it outside onto a balcony or courtyard will help make a space flow. Bernadette suggests distinguishing living areas by using decorative rugs and creating strong focal points, such as a key piece of furniture, piece of art or a window with a beautiful view.
Make the space personal with accessories: Add personal touches to an apartment by displaying artefacts and ceramics collected on travels. Find a special spot for a treasured family heirloom and create a photo feature wall by grouping together an assortment of complementary frames. Finally, layer textured throw cushions and rugs in favourite colours. The success of interior design is all in the details.
Orientation and balance: When planning the layout of a room consider the traffic flow – how people will move around the apartment. The placement of windows that let in natural light will also help determine where furniture is positioned.
For further information on Ferrari Interiors’ customised apartment packages please contact Bernadette at Ferrari Interiors on 0417 088 602.