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Decorating a modern apartment: decor, furniture and ideas

Decorating a modern apartment: decor, furniture and ideas

When you have a small apartment, figuring out how to decorate it can be difficult.

Modern apartments often have a strong, minimalist style in the rooms that don’t seem to have much space for storage or modern apartment decor.

If there isn’t a lot of space to work, this is even more noticeable.

This does not mean that you cannot turn your modern studio apartment or modern loft apartment into a pleasant place.

Modern apartment decoration ideas

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It just takes a few ideas and a little love! Here are some great ideas for modern apartment design that make the most of small space in a stylish and fun way.

Clean up the clutter

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Because modern homes have so little space, you need to minimize the amount of things you have. Take the time to go through everything and decide if you really want to keep it. We all collect things as we move.

We may have needed or wanted them back then, but since our lives have changed, we no longer need them. You need to start renovating your modern home by clearing out the things that you don’t really want or need. Recycle, donate or dispose of them as you wish.

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When deciding whether or not you need a piece of furniture, remember to make your daily routine realistic. Do you use your breakfast bar more than your table? Does anyone ever sit in that chair? Remove items that only take up space.

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Cluttering up can be very difficult. Even items that are really trash can have memories. If you are having trouble cleaning your modern home, you should hire a professional organizer. They will work with you to sort out all of your things so that the things that really matter can really get the spotlight.

Create striking color schemes

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Rooms in modern residential buildings are usually white or off-white. They blur with each other. Give your modern apartment more personality by giving your rooms their own color schemes.

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Blue creates a quieter and more soothing space, especially when paired with cool greens and earthy browns. Cleaner, bolder colors like gray create a minimalist look. Golden yellow and warm brown can be cozy. Combine them with jewel tones to create a luxurious space. Each room should have its own tone.

Use texture

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Texture is rarely used in a modern home. Break up the shape with a variety of textures. The atmosphere on the farm and in the country is enhanced by the use of untreated wood and natural fibers. Gloss, silk, and velvet are luxurious.

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Glass, plastic and smooth wood are great for modern design. Mix up your textures to add visual and tactile interest. Add rugs and throws. Don’t forget your curtains and window treatments. Think about how each texture in the room contrasts and complements the others and your theme to get the most out of them.

Strategically place mirrors on the walls

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Mirrors can help make a modern home appear much larger by playing with space and light. Place them so that they reflect natural light. This is a useful visual trick even if the space isn’t that small.

You don’t have to stick to simple square, round, or oval mirrors. You can find them in patterned designs, or even in mirror sets that are designed to work together to form a shape. This is a great way to keep visual interest and add a fun personality.

Look for furniture with clean lines

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Modern home furniture should look great, but save space. Look for furniture with clean lines. You don’t want any added frills and a sense of visual weight. You want furniture with simple lines and angles.

Clean furniture is more compact, so you can make better use of the space. Even some of these compact pieces of furniture can make a big difference in the available space in your home.

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It also creates a sense of flow and helps reduce the feeling of clutter, which helps create a calming space. Last but not the least, these light, clean, modern pieces of furniture for apartments tend to be very affordable and still look great.

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If you really want to maximize space, get clear furniture. There are many great looking plastic options out there. Glass table tops really open up the space whether you have one on your coffee table, dining table, or even on your end tables.

Only buy furniture that you really need. You need to seriously evaluate a piece before adding it to your home. Where will it go? How much will you use it? Will you like it this month in a year? Think about these types of questions before adding another piece to your modern home.

Use the corner area

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The corners of modern apartments are not being used sufficiently. They’re not limiting, they’re great resources. You can buy corner shelves to turn your corners into storage space. You can also use them to anchor seats.

Look for L-shaped sectional sofas to place in your corners to maximize the space in your living room. When working with a modern studio apartment, making good use of your corners is very important.

Use shelves

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Shelves are a great way to reduce clutter while still showing decor and keeping items easily accessible. Shelves prevent your books from being thrown around.

They give you space for keys, cups and collections. Shelves can serve as bookcases, and bookcases can be used as regular shelves. Floating shelves take up less space and are easy to install.

Show your personality

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Even a small apartment should show your personality. When you minimize clutter and leave plenty of space, you don’t have to get rid of all of the personal details that make your modern apartment your home.

Instead, these touches can be highlighted even better. Don’t be afraid to show your personality in your small modern apartment.

Conclusion

Modern apartments may be small, but there is a lot you can do to turn them into comfortable homes. Remember, you have more space than you think!