A single room otherwise known as a self-contain here in Nigeria is one of the most preferred choices of apartments, especially for single people. A single room is compact, much more affordable, and ideal for someone who does not have a family. However, the problem people usually have a single room is how to arrange it. Arranging and decorating a single room to taste can be a lot tricky. Having to manage the little space to contain everything you need and have. Although decorating a single room might have its limitations, there is no reason you cannot have a space just as stylish as those with larger rooms. This article provides tips and advice on arranging your single room.
How to Arrange a Single Room in Nigeria
Choose a light color Palette
One of the downsides of a one-bedroom or a single room is its tendency to look dark because of the limited space. Single rooms also look stuffy. However, you can sort that out by choosing a light color palette such as white, bright yellow, etc. Darker colors absorb light.
Add more function to your furniture
Make use of furniture pieces with storage compartments. Today, you will find many furniture pieces that also contain storage compartments. Chairs, benches, shelves and beds that have drawers underneath. These furniture items serve multiple purposes and can help solve critical storage issues, providing an area for storage, sitting or sleeping. A single room can make one cluster loads into one space which makes the room look less attractive. To avoid clusters, make sure one item in your room has more than one purpose. For example, an ottoman which is to serve as a seat can have storage space in it and can be used as a storage for books, remotes, etc. Ensure you find at least two uses for every item in your single room.
Single rooms due to their sizes usually lack architectural features. You can make use of paintings to add some visual aesthetics to the room. Paint an accent wall. An accent wall is that part of the room where you are free to put whatever you love. You can put in stones or tiles for your accent wall. You can also consider extensive shelving on the accent wall for a room that lacks an architectural feature and storage. This helps to add an illusion of depth to your room. Your accent wall can also include a gallery of photos or artwork. An accent wall not only serves as a wall of expression for yourself but also adds beauty to your space.
Make use of lighting
When arranging your single room, make use of lots of lights. Lights makes a place feel brighter and airier. You cannot rely only on the bulb on the ceiling as your only source of light. You can also let in lots of natural lights by opening up your window or using light draperies.
Choose simple furniture
Furniture is the one item that takes up space in a room. If you want to include furniture in your room setting, ensure you go for something simpler and lighter that will blend and fit with the small space. Also, try not to go with furniture that is too bold or heavy as this might overwhelm the small space. Go with furniture with clean lines and low arms.
Make Use of patterns
Certain patterns can create an illusion of depth and space. For example, vertical stripes on a wall can make the wall look higher. Horizontal stripes make the rooms look wider.
Use decorative containers
Be intentional about using decorative items such as baskets and boxes that are visually appealing. These will be used to store items can also add a creative touch to the room.
Use Room dividers
Dividing a single room apartment into sections can also create the illusion of a larger apartment. Room dividers are also used to add privacy. Room dividers also serve as a wall against which other items can be placed.
If your apartment is too small to use room dividers, simply group furniture together according to its purpose. For example, put a bed and dresser in one area, the chair and table together. As opposed to placing furniture in a more random arrangement, this is a very effective way of creating definitive living spaces
Make use of decorative mirrors on walls
Avoid the use of blinds and dark window dressings so that natural light can come into the space and be reflected. This will make the interior appear larger.
How to create more storage space
You can create more storage space by adding cupboards and shelves to your space where you can store all the items. You can store books in your cabinet shelves to help make for a tidy room.
Make use of accessories and colors
Have the right blend of colors and accessories. You have to be particular about the colors and accessories you will use in your apartment. Most boys prefer relatively dark colors like gray, blue, dark green, black. While most girls prefer colors such as pink and purple, red, orange, yellow.
Your single room apartment will also serve as your bedroom. Your bedroom is your comfort zone. You wouldn’t want to trade its luxury for anything in the world. Your bedroom is the most important part of your apartment because it accommodates your sleep.
Decorating a single apartment can seem challenging at first due to space constraints. However, by choosing the right furniture, color, and storage items, you will turn out a very beautiful apartment. Make sure you arrange the layout and items to best maximize space, and allow as much light to enter and brighten up the space as possible. While living in a small apartment can mean that the space is limited, you can find creative ways to add storage space and make the space feel much more distinct. You can always transform your space into a warm and inviting environment.