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12 things you cannot do in small apartment decoration


TOP1: Three "stubbornness" to avoid in color style 

1. Stubborn simplicity


Is simple style the best for a small apartment? Not really. Small apartment space can well express the modern decoration style, but the simple decoration has also high requirements for the performance and quality of living materials, otherwise it will look low-end. It is difficult to control if blindly decorating a simple apartment, and it may become pale if fails.

Suggestion: Consider adding pastoral on the basis of simple decoration, and make up for the lack of material texture.

2. Stubbornly use dark walls


Dark colors have the effect of weakening the size of the space, so many people like to use dark colors in a large area of the wall to show depth. With a large number of dark colors, especially gray colors in small apartments, it will give people a sense of repression to feel instead the space get smaller.

Suggestion: It is recommended to use light colors, and the color for small apartment should not be too many or too complicated.

3.  Bright shades

Generally speaking, bright colors can make the space appear open and bright, but the use of a large area of bright colors in a small apartment is straightforward, allowing people to see the small apartment at a glance, with all living conditions public, which is obviously inappropriate, and can easily cause visual fatigue.

Suggestion: If you really like bright colors, you should use dark colors to transition.

TOP2: Plan the layout to avoid three "overs"

1. The storage utilization is too full

As the area of a small apartment is limited,  adequate storage can save space and extend the vision. However, the use of space should be reasonable. Excessive storage will only make the space denser and more crowded, creating a feeling of depression.

Suggestion: Purchase built-in storage furniture to avoid leaving too many items outside to hinder the vision. The wall shelves should not be stored with too much stuff, and one wall is simply enough.

2. Too obvious of the regional division


There is not much space for small rooms, and emphasizing the division of areas will make each area in the space narrower. In order to highlight the sense of area, many people use different materials and heights to divide the area, resulting in the "corridor" effect in small units, which hinders vision and wastes space.

Suggestion: Consider more open-plan and spatially-interactive layouts, such as an integrated guest-dining room, open kitchen, etc., to reduce the hard division of the area.

3. Too few power sockets

Although the apartment is small, the needs of daily life will not be compromised, especially the small apartment is mostly for small families or young wage earners, and the demand for power distribution is even greater, which usually causes quite a lot of inconvenience.

Suggestion: In the early design, it is better to be more than fewer, so as to avoid the embarrassment of insufficient sockets resulting from the change of furniture and layout later.

TOP3: Avoid three "inappropriate" materials for structures

1. Not recommended to dismantle the space inappropriately

The structure of small apartment decoration is generally more complex, and it is not appropriate to easily remove the load-bearing walls, air ducts, and flues, or make changes to water pipes, electricity or gas. In doing so it will cause joints and cracks at least, and affects the load-bearing structure of the entire building and shorten the service life for the worst.

Suggestion: The most important principle of small apartment decoration, light decoration and heavy decoration, is that if you can do without manual dismantling and modification, you should not do it. Small space reduces fixed and heavy decoration. People can not live comfortably until there is space.


2. Not recommended to use hard partitions

It is not recommended to use hard partitions in the decoration of small units. On the one hand, it will increase the difficulty of engineering. On the other hand, the strict boundaries of the space, the hard partitions, and the space occupied by itself will make the space narrow.

Suggestion: If really need this, you can consider using glass partitions. Transparent glass, frosted glass, and carved glass are more and more favored by young people in modern decoration because they have no obstruction to light or sight, and can highlight the integrity of the space.

3. Not recommended to make complex ceilings


Most of the small-sized decorated rooms are not high enough. If the shape of the ceiling is too regular, the space area of the ceiling will be too obvious. If the designer of the complicated ceiling is just to raise the cost, we can directly refuse it.

Suggestion: For small apartments, a smaller ceiling is preferred, or a partial ceiling can be used to hide the wiring, or even no ceiling is still OK. Of course, the owner can care more about the materials and choose some new products or materials that break the routine, which are both innovative and spacious.

TOP4: Avoid three "taboos" in furniture configuration

1. Avoid centralized stacking of large pieces of furniture

People usually make impulsive purchase of large pieces of comfortable home furniture, and obviously the large pieces are not suitable for small apartments. In addition to taking up large space, the more important thing is that it is inconvenient to move and place them, and small apartments are even more limited in space.

Suggestion: The choice of small-sized furniture for decoration should be mainly practical and compact, and follow the principle of "better with small rather than large". It is best to plan the size of the furniture on the drawings before choosing which to buy; also consider storage functions, such as beds. The perimeter of the wardrobe should be selected with drawers, and the wardrobe should be narrower and with more layers.

2. Do not blindly use mirrors to create a sense of transparency


Mirrors are widely used in small spaces because of their reflection of the objects, but the rational use of mirrors is a big problem, too much of them will cause people to feel dizzy.

Suggestion: Choose a suitable position for embellishment, such as in a dark corner, it is appropriate to arrange it in blocks or strips. Avoid two mirrors at the same place facing each other, which will make people feel uncomfortable.

3. Avoid too many spotlights, and no main nor secondary lights


The pursuit of beautiful lighting does not mean that you can choose the spotlights at will. Too many spotlights accumulate a lot of heat in a small apartment, which will generate high temperature quickly, and is high with fire risk; on the other hand, the sense of boundaries in small apartment is not strong, which makes the selection and use of lamps and lanterns difficult. People often put only one or a few lights, which might be kind of monotonous.

Suggestion: For a small apartment, it is easy to divide the limited space of the room with large lamps, making the room appear narrower. Therefore, for the main light does not consider the installation of chandeliers. Instead use ceiling lights; the surrounding lights can form a scattered lighting effect, making the room appear larger than actual, so the lighting of the space should highlight both the primary and secondary visions, and the main light is better with a simple ceiling light, supplemented by table lamps, wall lamps, spotlights, etc.

Color selection strategy for small apartments: 

1. The color of the wall should not exceed three, otherwise it will look messy.

2. Gold and silver are universal colors in the living room, and they are also the most commonly used in autumn and winter decoration. They can go with any color and be used in any functional space.

3. Use color to create a layered effect in the room. The general principle is that the wall is shallow, the floor dark, and the furniture dark; alternatively, you can choose deep for the wall, dark for the and shallow for the furniture.

4. The dining room should go with warm colors, and red and orange can increase appetite.

5. It is best to decorate the bathroom with warm colors, not black or dark blue, because the house is small, and these two colors bring more feelings of cold.

6. Bright red and bright green should not appear in the same room, otherwise it will look a bit tacky and the owner seems to be of no taste.

7. If you want to create a simple and bright home style, do not use those printed decorations with big or flowers for small houses, such as wallpapers, curtains, etc. Try to use solid color design to increase the sense of space in the room.

8. The color of the ceiling should be lighter than the wall, or the same color. Otherwise, the people living in it will not only feel "top-heavy", but also have the illusion of difficulty breathing after a long time.


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