10 ideas for furnishing the home
How we furnish our apartment mostly results from the circumstances, how the apartment is laid out, what furniture we already have available or how much we are prepared to invest in new furnishings. However, there are also a few rules that will help showcase the home in the way you want it.
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If you don’t want to leave everything to chance when furnishing your apartment, but rather proceed according to plan, you will find below 10 ideas for living and furnishing tips, what to look for when designing the apartment and which mistakes you should avoid.
1. Keeping things tidy
Small but annoying “heaps” often arise in no time at all: for example on the desk when you put letters and notes down to be stapled in later, or on the refrigerator, where you put the plastic bags from the supermarket in order to keep them whole the next time you go shopping definitely to take with you so that you don’t have to buy new ones again.
If you can’t get over your weaker self and reliably ensure order, you should at least have enough storage space to hide the mess. In drawers or cupboards, the chaos is at least not noticeable, although this should of course not be seen as the final solution.
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When it comes to interior design, the hallway is often neglected. Your own interest, but also, for example, what furniture stores have to offer, is primarily directed towards the living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. The hallway is usually not viewed as a separate room or is often limited to its function as a storage space for shoes and jackets.
But the hallway is the first impression guests get of an apartment. Here, too, it can be worthwhile to think about colors, decorations and pieces of furniture, such as bookshelves, in the living room. Here are 5 such ideas for designing the hallway.
Curtains should be placed as high up as possible and as far apart as possible so that the ceiling appears higher and the entire room appears larger.
Especially when you are a little younger, you think that sofa cushions are a bit old-fashioned whimsy of your grandparents: The patterns of the covers rarely look tasteful and without a pillow you usually sit better on the couch. But you shouldn’t underestimate the effect of sofa cushions.
They can be used to set individual colored and decorative accents. If you are in the mood for a change, colors and patterns can be exchanged more easily with a new cover, which is not so easy with the couch.
As in the days of the tube, it is important to set up the television set in such a way that the window is not reflected in it. For the sake of the eyes, the distance between the television and the sofa should not be too short and should be based on the size of the screen; a distance of approx. three to five screen diagonals is recommended. This should be taken into account when purchasing a new device.
Each room has a focus on which the attention is drawn when entering and around which the other furniture is grouped. Sometimes it is a large window, in the bedroom it is usually the bed, in the living room it is often the aforementioned television, which forms a kind of multimedia center with a game console, DVD player and stereo system on the same sideboard.
Determine the center of gravity and stage it accordingly. Often he is opposite the door. Draw attention to this point by further embellishing it with decorative pieces, pictures, plants or possibly a shelf.
7. Dodge upwards
Especially in apartments in old buildings you often have to deal with high ceilings. In order not to leave too much free space on the wall towards the ceiling, you can set up correspondingly high cupboards and shelves. If you do not have such high furniture, you could add to the existing ones, for example, by adding more matching shelves or cupboards on top. You should then of course be agile enough to be able to climb and descend ladders.
Alternatively, the space under the ceiling could also be used to hang a picture gallery along the wall. Landscape format door posters may be a good choice.
Especially on smooth floor coverings, such as parquet, laminate or tiles, carpets can be a real eye-catcher. But not only pattern and color should be decisive when choosing a carpet, but also shape and size. Carpets that are too small look lost, with too big carpets you could have bought carpets straight away.
It is therefore important to find the right balance. When arranging the furniture, the “four-two-zero” rule should also be applied, according to which there are either four, two or no chair or table legs on the carpet. With three legs (or even just one), it sometimes looks as if the piece of furniture is just randomly standing there or “falling off the carpet”, as it were.
9. Storage space in the bathroom
The bathroom is usually the smallest room in an apartment, so there is hardly any space for cupboards and other storage options next to the bathtub, washbasin and toilet. An alternative, however, is to attach a shelf above the door to store towels or, for example, toilet paper on it to save space.
10. Nightstand behind bed
If there is not enough space in the bedroom to place the bedside tables to the left and right of the bed, attach a rule board to the wall behind the headboard and place the bed in front of it. The length of the board should of course correspond to the width of the bed. With rectangular headboards, the bed and board can be arranged flush accordingly.
The space between the bed and the wall could be used as storage space. Alternatively, a shelf that matches the dimensions can be placed behind the bed.
Maybe you could benefit from the furnishing ideas listed here. If you need more tips, here are 15 more ideas for furnishing your apartment.
Sources: brightside, houzz, wikihow
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