No matter where in the world you reside, living in the downtown heart of a city has a set of challenges that are pretty universal. Small spaces, steep prices, and limited parking are a standard trade-off for being a component of your city’s most vital organ. When we visited Downtown Los Angeles resident Cat Li, we grabbed five great tips for making the most of your invigorating downtown life.
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1. Get a bike
Some say the worst part about making the trek downtown is dealing with traffic and parking, so make the most of your conveniently located digs and invest in a bike. Whether you’re going to work, visiting a friend, or running errands, channeling that downtown energy into some light cardio instead of road rage is a great way to get the most out of your commute.
2. Reflect light
Space and light are rare commodities in most downtown locations. Paint your walls a bright, light-reflecting color, and add some mirrors to create the illusion of space. If your style permits, incorporating metals into your decor can also help reflect light and open up your home.
3. Lighten your load by maintaining minimal decor
Pare down your pieces as much as possible, keeping only those items that make you the happiest. Sentimental keepsakes and items that speak to you personally are often the most successful pieces of decor.
4. Avoid sterility
Using light-reflective colors and materials can put you at risk for achieving that doctor’s office look, so be careful. Adding plush fabrics and works of art that reflect your personal style helps make your space feel homey and comfortable.
5. Grow plants
Another easy way to breath life into a sterile environment is to add plant life. Take a page out of Justina Blakeney’s New Bohemians and educate yourself on the best plants for your environment—and put some real jungle in your concrete jungle.