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8 Ways You Can Instantly Upgrade Your Apartment’s Functionality

8 Ways You Can Instantly Upgrade Your Apartment's Functionality

Bigger cities mean smaller homes. If you were to move from a dainty little town in Singapore to a major city, you’re probably going to have to downsize your living space. This, understandably, has a lot to do with the higher cost of living, commercialization, and population densities in major cities. 

People quite often find themselves having to find a balance between what they want to keep in their apartment, and what they need to keep. More often than not, you end up tossing away most of the things that you want to make space for those that you need.

While that’s warranted in a way, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a trade-off between the two. You could just as easily find a balance if you were to formulate an adequate plan – and we’re going to help you with it. 

Improving Your Apartment’s Functionality

  • Understanding The Basics

Elegant home office with ceiling lights

Credits: Renopedia, Luxurious Designs PTE LTD

Before you begin to hack off walls and enlarge your apartment’s space, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the rules of your tenancy. Unless you own your apartment, your choices at revamping your space are bounded by the terms and conditions enlisted in your rental agreement. 

People tend to overstep the rules stated in their contract and eventually are either forced to move out or pay hefty penalties. Familiarize yourself with the rules listed in your agreement. 

It might also be noteworthy to know that certain apartment complexes have rules over colour patterns and schemes as well. You might not be intentionally overstepping, but by not reading the fine print you can face several consequences. 

  • The Difference a Fresh Coat Can Make

Cozy living room with linear ceiling light

Credits: Renopedia, Cozy Ideas

You’d be surprised with the difference a fresh coat of paint can make on your living space. With a smaller living space such as an apartment, you can actually accentuate your living area with colors. It might sound too good to be true, but it’s actually a hack designers swear by. 

Colors have the capacity to trick your eyes into thinking the space is bigger than it actually is. For example, a room painted in darker colors will seem smaller than a room with a muted color scheme. 

Additionally, you can designate spaces to make your apartment appear more functional with colors. In an open floor plan, you could paint one designated area in a particular color and the other in another. However, both colors should ideally fall within the same color scheme.

  • Dual Furniture

Minimalist bedroom space

Credits: Renopedia, Studio Two

Limited living space means making the most out of what you have – literally. If you live in an apartment where you can either have a coffee table or an ottoman, find something that acts as both!

Dual furniture saves space, money, and is effective for limited living areas. For example, a kitchen island can be modified slightly into a dining area. 

  • Minimalism is Essential

Minimalist living room with spotlight ceiling light

Credits: Renopedia, MMJ Design Lofts PTE LTD

2021 is all about living a minimalistic life. What probably started off as a way to de-clutter and accentuate Zen, eventually morphed into a way of living most people adapted. 

Minimalism is particularly useful in making the most out of your small apartment. You don’t necessarily have to get rid of what you want to make room for what you need. You just need to focus on what serves a purpose and fits well with your aesthetic, and what you can forgo. 

  • Open Spaces

Elegant sitting area with floor lamp

Credits: Pexels, Skitter Photo

If your lease doesn’t specify anything against modifying rooms and spaces, aim towards creating an open floor plan. Open floor plans appear bigger than walled off ones for several reasons. 

Predominantly the fact that an open floor plan gives you more free space. Open spaces also serve dual purposes. For example, an open space between your kitchen and your living room might just give you enough leeway to have a make-shift dining area. 

  • Never Compromise on Storage

Classy storage space with layered lights

Credits: Pexels, Element 5 Digital

Storage spaces are often surrendered for make-shift home offices, extra rooms, and the sort. However, your apartment’s functionality is highly dependent on your storage space. 

In a smaller apartment, storage saves you the hassle of having to look after a cluttered space and from tripping over everything. It also allows you enough room to keep everything that you need. 

If, however, you need to utilize the provided storage room for another purpose, you can go for storage solutions. This includes storage bins, boxes, and even hooks!

Have storage boxes and solutions placed strategically around your home. For example, you can have a shoe rack and a coat hanger by your front door, storage boxes in your bedroom and living room, and a few storage cabinets installed in the kitchen. 

Storage solutions save you space and accentuate your living area by making it seem less cluttered and more functional.

  • Allow Yourself Leeway to be Creative

Creative interior with stylish pendant light

Credits: Renopedia, Dots’n’Tots

Just because you have limited space doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with it. If anything, limited living spaces are perfect to allow yourself to get creative. 

You need to be able to get the most out of your space and to do that you’ll need to think out of the box. This can be done in a number of ways, for example:

  • Living rooms with dining areas.
  • Lighting solutions to accentuate your living area. 
  • Natural lighting. 
  • Higher, arched windows and doors. 
  • Dual furniture.

And other items to that effect.

  • The Difference Good Lighting Can Make

Beautiful elegant golden accent wall lamp

Shown in Image: Denzell Elegant Golden Accent Wall Lamp

And last, but most definitely not the least, we have lighting plans. A lighting plan is similar to a floor plan, but for lighting fixtures Singapore and elements. Lighting comes in four broad categories, natural, ambient, task, and accent. 

Nothing trumps natural lighting. It holds the capacity to make your space appear larger than it actually is, and gives an airy feel to your apartment. Layered lighting (the use of all three forms of artificial lights) allows you to make the most use out of lighting elements and fixtures. 

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In conclusion, just because you’ve moved into a smaller apartment doesn’t equate to having to forgo your creativity, possessions, and such. If anything, you’re allowed to get more creative in a smaller living space. This is to accentuate the functionality of your space. If done right, a smaller apartment can be a sanctuary.