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Tips for Decorating a Small New York Apartment

September 20, 2015


Living in New York is expensive. The median sales price of a home was $1.2 million in the quarter ending in August, and the average listing price was $3.759 million. Sales prices have gone up almost 24 percent in the last five years, and they show no signs of slowing down.

Just because those prices are high doesn’t mean that you are getting a gorgeous or expansive home. You still may end up with a relatively small apartment for $1 million.

Instead of toiling away until you can afford to pay more (which may be never), you can invest in a smaller apartment now and hope that it will appreciate over time. The way you decorate your home can make it seem bigger and more inviting, so even if you never move, you will enjoy your home.

Here are a few tips for decorating a small New York apartment:

Focus on a Few Statement Pieces

It doesn’t take much to make a small space seem busy or cluttered. Instead of trying to fully outfit each room with furniture and knick knacks, focus on a few statement pieces. For example, instead of having a couch, a love seat and a couple of chairs in your small living room, focus on one designer sofa, perhaps with a chaise attached.

The more unusual the furniture, the better. For example, instead of a traditional couch, maybe you can put in a clawfoot tub that has been converted to seating. The more style a single piece of furniture has, the more impact it will make in the room without a lot of other accessories to clutter up the space.

Don’t Use Too Many Colors or Textures

Even using too many colors, patterns or textures in a small space can make it seem too cluttered. Focus instead on one color for the room and maybe one accent color. If the room is especially small, choose lighter colors to make the room seem more open. Darker colors will make a space seem smaller.

Use simple textures to create a more streamlined look. If you want texture, focus on one special pattern for only a couple of accent pieces, such as a frame or a couple of pillows.

Take Advantage of Vertical Space

You may not have a lot of floor space, but you likely have a lot of unused wall space. Loft kits are available that can help you take advantage of vertical space. For example, you can build the platform and create a study area over your bed, or you can put your bed on the platform and create a seating area below it. Lofts can help you clear up clutter or create a whole new “room” in your small apartment.

Once you have decorated your space to your liking, make sure you invest in a quality home security system. New York continues to have high crime rates, even if it has cleaned up its act in recent years.

A good security system will protect your family and your valuables. Click here to explore some options.

Use Space-Saving Furniture

Some furniture is designed to do two or more things. Just think about a sleeper sofa that converts from a couch to a bed. Yet today’s space-saving furniture is much more stylish and sophisticated. For example, you can get a wall bed that folds away when not in use to reveal a sofa, desk, or shelves.

With the right space-saving furniture, you can clear up clutter in your home or get more use out of your rooms. Other options include storage beds, convertible tables (like desks that turn into dining tables), and convertible seating.

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