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5 tips for apartment living

Apartment living comes with modern looks. Darren's ultimate style tips for apartment living space tell you how to optimise design your walls, windows & floors.


5 tips for apartment living

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5 tips for apartment living

Darren Palmer's 5 Tips For Apartment Living

Apartment living comes with modern looks and great convenience, but brings with it space and storage challenges. Here are some suggestions from interior designer and Carpet Court ambassador Darren Palmer on how to optimise your smaller living spaces and get the look for less.

Apartment Living - Colour


Start by deciding on a harmonious palette where all colours work in symphony with each other to create the style and mood you’re after. A lighter colour palette will offer more space during the day but if you spend more time in the apartment at night, or if the space is inherently dark, darker tones will help blur the boundaries where one wall meets the next, creating the illusion of space. 


When choosing furniture for a small space it’s important to get the right fit. If the piece is too small the space will seem smaller while if it’s too big it might look out of proportion. With built in furniture, lift things off the floor wherever possible. The bathroom vanities and TV entertainment unit being attached to the wall allows you to see more of the floor, giving the illusion of space. For a floor that fits try Carpet Court’s Ardour range for idyllic neutral flooring tones.

Blinds Shutters


As Aussies we love to experience the great outdoors even when we’re inside. Roller or venetian blinds introduce a simple contemporary look and offer controlled natural light for apartment living. Contrast the colour of your blinds against walls or match with flooring to create a consistent look.  Bright white blinds can pull focus to the window and increase the feeling of brightness in a space while sheer or semitransparent, darker blinds allow the view to dictate the feeling of the room. Take a look custom and ready-made blind options.

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Nothing creates the illusion of space quite as well as reflection so to really ramp up the wow factor, consider mirroring a whole section of wall. Shelves are the secret to success for any apartment. They offer a great storage solution, decrease clutter and provide the added benefit of allowing division between different zones in an open space. Use book shelves to display your favourite pieces, a succulent or small flowering plant and a candle, and you'll have a neat, character filled styling vignette.


The right flooring is essential for an apartment and can dramatically detract or add to the illusion of space. When working with a smaller area, keep the flooring consistent from entryway to living room rather than segmenting the zones. Nothing adds a degree of sophistication or style more than the crisp long lines of hardwood timber.

You can get the look with Darren’s Carpet Court collection, Provincial Lane Stained Oak timber flooring or the Provincial Lane laminate flooring. Check out the full Provincial Lane range at
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