Good Questions: Advice for a New Apartment?

Good Questions: Advice for a New Apartment?

Aaron Able
Jun 10, 2009

Dear Apartment Therapy, At 11'x16', my soon-to-be new apartment's living space is much smaller than my current space, there is no defined dining area, and I'm trading in floor to ceiling beachfront windows for two small tree obscured windows (no light!). A few dilemmas have arisen due to these issues and I am hoping for help!...

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One: I am trading in most of my furniture for a newer more grown-up style. I've included a pic of the items that are inspiring me and hoping that they will all stylistically fit together. Lately I've been smitten with white faux bois and zebra (I know I'm a little late on both counts). I already have the zebra sheers and white ceramic items, does the rest fit? Could I possibly put two rugs in a room of this size, one for the living area and one for the dining area? If so, what rugs would not clash with the zebra patterns? (I've also attached 2 rugs that I really like).

Two: I've included a pic of the new living room. It is dark and tiny. Would bright white walls be too much white against all of the white items that I want? Would either the blue or yellow walls work here?

Thanks for the help!!!

This "style tray" of inspiration seems right on target — it's cohesive and just because you are inspired by something, it doesn't mean you need to replicate it exactly. In your new smaller, darker space I suggest you concentrate on multiple "layers" of lighting and the idea of two rugs works, but be careful making them too similar or it might end up looking like a West Elm store! Who else has suggestions or advice?

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