The true meaning of the word ‘bijou’ is a jewel or trinket, which makes it sound rather more inviting than the just-slightly-bigger-than-a-cubicle you may have come to expect when it’s used in respect of a property. Notwithstanding this, smaller apartments have become more ubiquitous particularly in the world’s larger cities, and it may be that the time of almost everyone owning their own house is well and truly over. This being so, how can you make the most of your jewel of an apartment? Here are a few simple tips to help you reorganize your accommodation to maximize the space in which you live your life.
Brighten things up
Spaces that appear to be small and dark are often simply spaces that are dark – there are ways to bring some light into your life and your apartment and increase the apparent size of your living space in the process. Start with the flooring, which if dark will shrink the appearance of the room size and make it look smaller. Lighten it up with a change of flooring or a decent area rug in a pale color.
Keeping surfaces free from clutter is so on-message that it scarcely bears repeating, so let’s assume you’ve got everything that doesn’t need to be seen behind closed doors and move on. The idea of transparent furniture is not new, but it makes a surprising difference when space is at a premium. For example clear, see-through coffee tables really can enhance the feeling of spaciousness in your room as frankly, you don’t really know they’re there. Windows looking out onto the world are also magical and bring in extra light, but if you can conceal these at night behind neat window shutters, then you won’t have any messy trailing drapes to detract from your space or make it look smaller.