Design Tip 1: Create an Attention-Grabbing Accent Wall
Apartment interior design tips for single men start with an accent wall. An accent wall will pull in the interest of anyone when initially entering the room. This is especially effective in the small living area of an apartment where there is an untidy coffee table displaying last night’s pizza meal or clothes on the floor, that didn’t make it to the laundry basket.
What exactly is an accent wall? It’s one wall in a room painted with a mural or contrasting color. It could also be wallpapered or mirrored. As long as it’s different from the rest of the walls in the room – it becomes an accent.
One word of warning, if you choose to paint the walls a different color over the existing wall color in the apartment, check with your landlord to discuss options or leasing restrictions.
Design Tip 2: Choose Space Saving Furniture
Space in an apartment is always at a premium. To get the most out of this limited living space, shop for sectional furniture. Sectionals do not create unused space like the more typical couch, 2 easy chairs, and end table arrangements, leaving gaps between pieces.
There are a variety of sectional sofas, designed to configure and conform to any sized room. Work with an L or U shape according to the function of the room. Choose lighting that fits easily behind the sectional, eliminating the need for an end table altogether.
Don’t have room for a large coffee table? Choose 2 smaller cubed (with storage) sized ottomans; designed to separate for additional seating, or serve as cocktail type tray tables. These provide wonderful versatility while maximizing room comfort.
Design Tip 3: Stick to One Theme
Decide on one theme and stick to it. If it is European travels, beautiful women or a sport, choose pictures and accents that communicate that specific theme. Avoid the temptation to create an eclectic collection, this will confuse the room making for more chaos than comfort.
Be creative with your chosen theme. Don’t limit yourself to specific painted or photo images. Identify the color, motion and “energy” of your theme subject. Let’s use a basketball team theme for example. Choose accent colors similar to the team’s uniforms to distribute around the room incorporating pillows, an area rug or wall colors. Create a wall mural with large ( 4′ or larger) numbers identifying your favorite players. Subtle or loud, it’s all up to you.
Design Tip 4: Live Smarter
The last apartment interior design tip for single men is of a more practical nature. Hire a cleaning lady! The benefits of having someone clean your apartment once or twice a month will far outweigh the $45 to $125 this will cost you each week. Schedule the cleaning while at work. Returning to a fresh clean apartment after a long day at work is always a pleasant reward.
Though the living room has been the focus of this article, these 4 tips will work in any room.