4 Theme Ideas for Your Apartment Decorating Scheme

When living in a smaller space like an apartment or a small home, it can be hard to strike the balance between efficient living and good design. You need to fit a lot of living into a small space, so how do you keep track of all the things you need without letting your stuff take over your space?

Having some general design themes for each room or for the whole space can be a good way to keep from letting your stuff become your theme. Here are some theme ideas to consider when reconsidering your living space:

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1) Rustic chic

A vintage look is popular in all sorts of ways these days, whether it’s for a living room design scheme or a barnyard style wedding. This is also a good theme for just about any room in the house as it lends itself to nice neutral tones, which can be very adaptable to different rooms, and to comforting touches like distressed paint furniture or hand-knit blankets that can make just about any room feel comfier. If you tend to prefer comfort, but you don’t like overpowering color schemes or strong patterns, this would be a good theme for you.

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2) Retro futurism

This design theme recalls visions of the future from the past. Think George Jetson take on modernity. You tend to see lots of products in these kinds of design schemes that feature strong angles and bright (neon green and bright purple) or severe colors (black, white, and gray). This is a great design theme for rooms like the kitchen and bathroom, as modern design products for these areas tend to focus on efficient styling, which can make a room feel very sleek and clean.

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3) Nature-centric

There’s plenty of evidence out there to suggest that people tend to be happier when living in areas with lots of trees and green spaces. You can channel some of this into your indoor living spaces by choosing a design scheme that focuses on nature and natural things. Choose some indoor plants, as well as plants that can live in your window boxes or on your porch to add some nature your whole area. You can also get some hanging plants for inside or some materials to make your own hanging terrarium.

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4) Big and bold

If you love bright colors and bold patterns, then you’re definitely in-tune with some of the biggest trends in interior design right now. Designers love a judicious use of really striking colors and patterns, like throw pillows in slightly different shades of a bright burgundy color, or a piece of wall art in a different but similar pattern to the rug.

The key is to focus on bold and bright but not to overdo it. Bold colors can overwhelm a space, so start out small with just a few items to act as highlights for the room. You should also consider exploring the wonderful world of color blocking. You may find that you prefer to stick to “strong” colors rather than “bright” colors. That is, stay away from hot pink and go instead for a dark red wine kind of color. This will still make a room feel full and expressive without making your eyes hurt.

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Designing a room is all about finding a theme that fits you and fits the space. Consider each room one at a time and ask yourself what the room is for, what you like to do there, and what theme will be most conducive to making the room comfortable for your lifestyle!

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How to Brighten Up a Bad View with Window Blinds, Curtains, and Shades

Dressing up your windows can magically turn a bad room view into an beautiful focal point! You can easily add some zing to your dull view with the right window blinds, shades, or curtains. Follow our top decor tricks we’ve dished out from the pros: 

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Choose a Fancy Fabric

Can’t find window shades that match? Roman shades are perfect for dressing up your windows with a fun fabric that complements upholstery and pillows. There are also a lot of DIY tutorials online where you can make custom roman blinds yourself to fit your window and the fabric of your choice!

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Layer Curtains and Blinds

Layering is a popular trend that is simple to master – keep the palette consistent in both window treatments. Using colors that blend together work well rather than contrasting colors that make your window look smaller. Any type of blind looks great under drapes to achieve a layered look.

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Turn it Into a Reading Nook

Designer Tobi Fairley did wonders with this pop-out-window and used roman shades and curtains to turn it into a secret reading nook. Regardless of the view outside this window, who wouldn’t want to snuggle up and read a book here?

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Double up Curtain Panels

Pairing sheer and opaque curtains together will make your windows look dramatic, romantic, and high class. Hang heavy opaque curtains on the outside and on the inside hang light, silky and sheer curtains. You’ll be amazed at how good your windows look!

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Hang up Blinds that are Functional

Classic blinds that can be opened and closed are practical and functional. If you like having the option of having natural light stream into your room, but also like a little privacy, consider using aluminum venetian blinds like the ones from So Easy Blinds or wooden blinds to achieve this look.

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