With more and more people finding themselves downsizing their residence to smaller apartments, townhomes, and mini condos, finding the right design trend to make the most of your space, and still create an impactful presentation that is stylish and tasteful can be tough. The good news is that there are lots of currently popular trends that can help you do just that. Let’s look at a few of them now.
Simple, Conservative, Elegant
Shabby chic is dead. The old standby for smaller spaces has been replaced with cottage living that uses shaker, cabin, and even houseboat styling to bring smart organization, efficient use of space, and well-developed character to even the smallest of residences. If you are looking to bring a new life to your small apartment, forego the idea of eclectic funky, and instead go for conservative and understated for a cleaner and more open feel. Light colored wood trim along with oak tables and shelving units pair well with mission and shaker style items. Bring in color with bright artwork and framed posters that are meaningful to you as a person. Keep the paint colors in the earth tones or neutrals area except for soft grays deep greens, and rich blues used as accents.
Copper Cookware is Popular as Décor Again
As a design trend started in a Brooklyn copper saucepan displays are a popular trend that is quickly spreading across the country. Harking back to the hanging racks of copper cookware in gourmet chef’s kitchens of the past, the displays bring a bright and clean look to the smaller kitchens of Brooklyn brownstones and apartments. Accents of copper pitchers, ceramic pots and serving pieces, and French or Italian inspired artwork are a great way to add a touch of class to the smaller kitchen space. If you don’t go for continental design then use your copper cookware to create an artisanal look by pairing with bunched flowers, farmhouse accents, and old world charm pieces.
The ’80s are Back
Elsewhere apartment décor trends are going more modern with clean lines and lots of glass accents. This allows light to fill the smaller spaces and makes them feel larger. Gone are the days of embracing the tiny space with coziness and whimsy, and instead the trends of the ’80s are back with neon colors, metallic tones, white paint, and interesting shapes and lines. A simple chair with geometric lines, or an unusual shapes mirror is a great starting point. If you need more inspiration check out 80’s movies and popular TV shows, especially those set in Southern California and Texas. Let’s just all agree now, however, that while 80’s décor is as awesome as 80s music, the clothes and hairstyles are best left to the annals of history.
No matter what design trend you choose to embrace for your smaller apartment of semi-detached townhome, it’s important that you express yourself in every aspect of the space. While you can’t add more room to a smaller residence, you can always add more character, and that is truly what will make any house, your unique home.