Tips for a Cohesive Interior Design

Your apartment should be a unique reflection of your personal interests and style. While the possibilities for home décor are endless, following a few rules when designing the interior of your apartment will help your entire home feel like a cohesive whole. When each room flows easily into the next, you’ll feel more relaxed and comfortable in every part of your Oahu apartment home.

Choose Your Theme

The first step in designing any interior space is to choose your theme. A theme may consist of a set of colors, patterns, objects, or images you wish to use throughout your apartment’s décor. Classical themes utilize plush fabrics and traditional designs, while more modern themes focus on bold colors and sleek, minimalistic lines. You may wish to give your apartment a beach, island, or natural theme by incorporating your favorite natural elements as well. Try to choose a theme that you feel comfortable using throughout multiple rooms, as the key to a coherent apartment design is using similar elements in every part of your living space. Additionally, keep your color palette to five colors or less—the fewer colors you use, the more cohesive and harmonious your space will look.

Repeat Colors, Patterns, and Displays

Once you’ve found the theme you want to use, begin by designing your first room. As you complete the décor in this area, look for colors, patterns, fabrics, or other elements (such as artwork or decorative items) that you want to continue throughout your home. Using similar vases in every bathroom, continuing a your curtain pattern from one room to the next, or having a similar throw on your couch and your bed are all excellent ways to tie your apartment’s various rooms together. Remember that while you want to continue your theme from one area to the next, every single item in your apartment doesn’t need to match. Instead, use accessories and elements that are similar but not exactly the same to give your space a more organic feel. Incorporating one-of-a-kind items that still speak to the colors and patterns of your overall theme are a good way to ensure each room feels connected while maintaining its own individuality.

You can let your creativity flow when you choose the perfect one-, two-, three- or four-bedroom apartment at Waena Apartments. Each of our floor plans offers plenty of space for you to add personal touches, as well as wood-style flooring, solid surface countertops, and a complete kitchen. Take a look through the information on our website or, when you’re ready to discuss your lease, contact us online for availability and pricing.

How to Design an Appealing Apartment Floor Plan

A new apartment is like a blank canvas, just waiting to be filled with furnishings, artwork, and other décor. Starting from scratch offers you a number of benefits, but it can also feel a little overwhelming when you aren’t sure how to lay out your space. Alternatively, when it’s time for an apartment refresh, redesigning the layout of a few key rooms can transform your apartment into a completely new and exciting space. Learning how to lay out your space in a way that is both functional and suits your personal preferences isn’t hard—check out the tips below to get started!

Measure Your Furniture

It may seem trivial, but placing furniture in a space where it fits is the first step in designing an appealing apartment floor plan. Placing pieces that are too large or too small in the wrong space can detract from the atmosphere you’re trying to create. Measure your furniture and the size of your room to get an idea of which pieces will work best in which spaces. Make sure you have one to two inches of room between the edges of couches and chairs and a corner or wall. Bookshelves can completely fill a wall if you’re going for a “library” look, but otherwise should have a few inches of clearance as well. Additionally, avoid placing a single small piece alone against a large wall—this can make your space feel stark and poorly-designed. Pair smaller pieces together or add artwork to fill up your wall space and create the perfect balance.

Draw a Floor Plan

Rearranging furniture endlessly can be a chore—instead, consider using free online or downloadable floor plan software to create the perfect layout without lifting a finger. You can also make your own floor plan on paper. Creating a virtual floor plan allows you to test out different furniture arrangements before you begin moving your furniture. You will need to measure both the dimensions of your furniture and the room you’re redesigning to make sure your model is to scale. When designing your floor plan, keep in mind that you should maintain a clear walkway to and from all entrances to the room, both for comfort and safety.

Pull Furniture Away from Walls

If you’re looking for a daring and appealing new type of furniture layout, consider centralizing your furnishings rather than pushing everything up against the walls. Placing couches and chairs around a central coffee table in the middle of the room can make your space feel larger and more accessible. You can easily leave one side of your configuration open to accommodate a television or entertainment center. Even if you don’t want to create a central furniture arrangement, consider angling couches and chairs to keep them from staying pressed back flat against your walls. This strategy can help you make use of otherwise “wasted” space in corners and give your living areas a more open and inviting feel.

You can design the apartment floor plan of your dreams in your spacious Kalaeloa apartment, located in Kapolei. Our serene apartment community features amenities that include private backyards, picnic areas, reserved parking, and easy access to some of the most beautiful beaches Hawaii has to offer. Visit our website to discover the many benefits of choosing a two-, three- or four-bedroom apartment near Pearl Harbor and Ewa Beach.

Hanging Art the Right Way

Did you know there are rules for hanging artwork in the home? Art is a wonderful way to personalize and enliven your apartment space, but neglecting certain factors could detract from your artwork’s intended effect. Taking into account these tried-and-true techniques will ensure your apartment looks great and your art packs just the right punch:

Understanding 57” On Center

The term “57” on center” is a valuable technique that is used as a standard in museums and art galleries around the world. What does this term mean and how can it benefit your apartment home? Hanging a piece of art 57” on center means that the very center of your artwork lies at 57” in height, regardless of the overall size of the piece. This technique is used so often because 57” is average eye-level for most people; bringing the center of your art up to this height ensures it is readily visible. Keep in mind that to hang your art at 57” on center, the top of your frame—and thus your hook or nail—will need to be higher. You’ll need to take into account the height of your piece and the distance from the anchor point to the center before hanging it to ensure the center falls at the right level. This technique also works well if you’re hanging more than one piece of art—simply treat your group as a single piece of art and ensure the center of the group is at the proper height and alignment when you hang them on the wall.

Using Furniture as Guidance

While the 57” on center technique is a great rule of thumb, there are a few instances in which it shouldn’t be used. In rooms where you’ll be primarily sitting, consider lowering the center of your artwork to make it more easily visible from a seated position. When hanging artwork above your furniture, it’s important to ensure the art clears the top of the piece. Hang your art with six to twelve inches of clearance above the top of your furniture to create a better balance—avoid allowing the frame to touch or even sit below your furniture. Additionally, it’s important to consider the size of both your furniture and your artwork before you combine them. Achieving a balance in terms of size will create a harmonious look, while hanging art that is too large or too small for your furniture will look awkward rather than appealing. If you are hanging smaller artwork behind a larger piece of furniture, such as a couch, group multiple items together to build a larger whole for better balance. Pair large pieces of art with a single large piece of furniture (such as a couch) or a grouping of smaller pieces (such as two chairs or a chair and a loveseat) for the best effect.

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