About 80% of City Chic Decor subscribers live in small, rental spaces. That’s no surprise, right?
I have walked into countless client homes and seen the same mistakes over and over again. So naturally, I figured I would showcase some common no-nos I’ve come across, and utilize them as an informative blog post! 🙂
1. Hanging your curtains too low
This is the #1 mistake people make in their smaller homes! LISTEN UP Y’ALL: Curtains have magic powers. They can make your space feel larger than it actually is AND make it feel more luxurious at the same time. TOO MANY PEOPLE make the mistake of hanging their curtains where the window starts. DO NOT DO THIS! Always make sure to hang your curtains at least 4 inches above where your window starts. This will make your space feel grander, larger and BRIGHTER!
2. Using too much color
As much as you might think it so… I AM NOT AGAINST COLOR! I love light blues, blushes, greens, and reds. However, if you live in a very small space, color is not your friend (as much as you might like it!). Harsh colors such as yellows, reds, oranges, and purples will make your space feel smaller, more cramped and less inviting. If you live in a smaller space, neutral colors such as whites, grays, light blues and tans are the best pallets to turn to. You can still incorporate your favorite pops of color in smaller accents such as pillows, blankets, and decor.
3. Not separating your space
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve walked into an apartment and saw a sofa at one end of the room and the TV 10 feet away, at the other end of the room, I would be a millionaire. Your first instinct in a small apartment is usually to place furniture against a wall. However, dividing the space into even smaller areas (by floating furniture or utilizing room dividers) will not only maximize your space but also allow you to dedicate certain areas for multiple purposes. I always suggest floating a sofa and using the leftover space for storage or a workspace.
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