How To Turn A Dark, City Apartment Into A Luxury Pad

Modern dining room

Anyone who’s ever lived in the city understands apartment life. It’s cramped, dark and hardly luxury living. You make the most of what you’ve got and relish the views from up above. However, it doesn’t have to be like that. Even a small space can be transformed into a luxury pad with the right tools. Trust me, I’ve done it before with my studio apartment when I lived in Chicago’s Gold Coast. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. I’ve pulled together some favorite interior design tricks. They’ll help you turn your dark bedsit into a beautiful apartment.

Details – When it comes to luxury, it’s all in the details. It’s the little extras that make the difference here, and it can be done on the cheap. Replace your door handles with elegant alternatives. You can do the same with your cupboard doors and drawers. Buy furniture and cushions with a trim to add a level of sophistication.

Rugs and soft furnishings – Rugs soften the feel of an empty and harsh room. They also add texture and a sense of warmth. They’ll make a cold living room feel more comfortable and cosy. Just what you need in a tight city apartment! The same goes for cushions and towels. Opt for big, fluffy and colorful soft furnishing here. They’ll add texture and color to a dark space.

Wallpaper – Expert interior designers suggest using wallpaper rather than paint in your apartment. Paint can feel cold and unwelcoming in an enclosed space. Wallpaper, on the other hand, provides texture and colour. It brings the room closer and instils comfort.

Self adhesive vinyl temporary removable wallpaper

Self adhesive vinyl temporary removable wallpaper

Artwork – Working with a small space is all about personalization. You need to fill it with character and personality. You can do this by hunting out quirky possessions and artwork. If you don’t have much to hand, try visiting a flea market or bargain art center. You’re bound to find a few things you love. It will all add to the warmth of your new apartment.

Mirrors – Mirrors are the oldest trick in the interior design book. They open up space in small rooms through reflection. Mirrors work particularly well in narrow hallways or tight corners. Not only that, but they’ll help reflect any light, and give the impression of brightness. Many apartments only have a small window, so any extra natural light is a bonus! Place a mirror opposite the window for the best effect.



Ikea Malm dressing table paired with this fabulous brass mirror from CB2

Ikea Malm dressing table paired with this fabulous brass mirror from CB2


Lighting – As we mentioned before, natural light is your best friend! Do as much as you can to let the sun’s rays flood your apartment. Avoid chunky curtains and open up the flow of sunlight. You can also create a cosy effect with stylish lamps. They’ll add a touch of elegance and style when you choose a good design too.

Bookshelves – There’s no better way to create a sophisticated style than floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. It will bring character and life to your bare walls, and you can fill it with all sorts. Start with books, but also use picture frames, treasured possessions and other quirky items.

Builtin Bookshelves

Your city apartment doesn’t have to be a dark and depressing place. Turn it into a luxury flat with these tricks. Good luck, and comment below if you have any other fantastic ideas!


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