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As many who live and around Baltimore, MD know, living in an apartment has its benefits, and it also has its challenges. On the positive side, you don’t have to worry about mowing the lawn when you live in an apartment, and many apartment complexes have benefits like fitness facilities or a pool. On the down side, you may not have as much space in an apartment as you would in a single-family home. So how do you design your apartment space in a way that will work for you and your partner? We take a look at this topic below.
With space at a premium, you don’t want to be constantly bumping into things as you move around the apartment. For that reason, it is smart to only bring in essential furniture. You will need a bed, of course, and a couch or sofa. A dining table is desirable as well, even if you are unable to fit a full-size model. As a rule of thumb, start out with just the basics to make sure you don’t overcrowd the apartment – you can always decide to add another piece later if you so choose.
Some people have a hard time feeling at ‘home’ in an apartment, since they are only renting it. That doesn’t need to be the case, however. Add artwork and other small touches that make the space feel more like your own. You probably can’t make permanent changes without getting in trouble with the landlord, but that doesn’t mean you have to live in a bleak setting with no color in sight. Think about the things you and your partner share and add elements which remind you of those interests.
No matter how well you get along as a couple, you are sure to need your own space from time to time. This can be tough in an apartment, but it can be done. If you are able to fit a small desk somewhere in the unit, that can serve as a spot where one person can go to work on the computer, listen to music, or watch a movie.
You want your apartment to be visually appealing, but it needs to be functional first and foremost. Think about your lifestyle and the things you enjoy doing while at home. The design you settle on should support that lifestyle rather than getting in the way. In the end, you should be able to create a design which both looks great and serves your practical needs.
Designing an apartment may be a challenge in some ways, but it is a great opportunity in other ways. With a relatively small space to handle, you should be able to create a look you enjoy without having to break the bank. Discuss your ideas openly with your partner and listen to his or her ideas as well. As long as you two are able to get on the same page, you should have a design you love in no time at all.
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