Moving into your first home, whether its shared or not is one of the most exciting things ever. Moving out from the house you grew up in and having to decorate your space how you have always imagined it is just wonderful. Even though it might cause you some stress and some many trips to your furniture ally, it is definitely a beautiful experience that deserves some extra thoughts.
Normally your first home tends to be a small studio or very small pretty apartment, however if you are lucky enough to be one of the ones who directly moves into an apartment bigger than a shoe box, congratulations you are very lucky and you might want to have a look at this article instead. If this is not the case and you just moved into the prettiest shoes box in town, stay right here with me, I am about to make you happy.
There are 3 basic tips and hacks that you may want to keep in mind while putting together or decorating you new small house/apartment. Here are the tips I would personally recommend after having put together nothing less than 5 small apartments already. Time flies.
Reflection is key
Go for the biggest mirror you can fit. You will definitely need it and it will make your space look much bigger than it is. Leave it visible; don’t hide it behind a door. Mirrors are beautiful (if they are clean of course, if you are not planning on cleaning it I would totally leave it behind the door) and they will not only serve you as mirror, they are natural light reflectors and if you are living in a grey city like Vienna, it will definitely work out.
Try to go for the standing lights. They will shoot the light up and give the impression of taller ceilings. Usually in small spaces, we are not left with much in terms of space; so try tricking your eye to look up. Create a gallery wall for example or choose furniture that goes right up into the sky. Floor to ceiling bookshelves are winners.
Plants bring life (literally), they also create a special dimension and look visually attractive. Play around with proportions; don’t be afraid you will do it just fine. If there is too much of a space and you cant seem to put it together, get yourself a plant in a ceramic pot. They will look beautiful and will fit perfectly into you empty corner.