For those of you who’ve already signed a lease or purchased a home in the Netherlands, you might not be surprised to learn that 60.9% of people living in the country live in a home with less than 75m2 of usable space. Seeing as Dutch homes, and those in Haarlem particularly, are generally characterized for being smaller than most European homes, it is important to learn how to maximize your space and make the most of your interior design opportunities. By knowing where to shop and what to buy, you’ll be able to have your new Haarlem apartment fully-stocked and looking fabulous so you can spend your time doing other things, like enjoying the wonderful city you live in.
Where to Shop
With plenty of quirky boutiques and fashion-forward places to choose from, Haarlem is a shopper’s dream, and with more than your fair share of on-trend interior designers to draw inspiration from, you won’t have a hard time buying furniture here. Weidesign & More is a concept store in the heart of the old town where you can find homeware, lamps and furniture from their brand as well as others known in the Netherlands. Home Stock is another great option that offers a lot of quirky yet super trendy interior design items that look so cute you’ll want to buy them all. It’s been noted as a must-see for residents and visitors alike who enjoy all things interior design.
How to Decorate
You’ll definitely want to focus on any interior design technique that allows you to optimize your space. Adding floor-to-ceiling drapes and curtains is actually a great way to amplify the space and draw a visitor’s eyes towards the natural light flooding in from the window. If you are able to define your colour palette beforehand, this will work even better. Interior design experts note that you should keep things cohesive by sticking to the same colour palette throughout the entire apartment. Choose a mix of neutral tones or go bold with a saturated shade. Mirrors are the absolute ultimate accessory for making a room appear larger, and the great thing about them is that they can be used on pretty much any wall in any room. The key in using mirrors is to place them in a position where natural light pours into the room so it can reflect off of the mirrors and makes space feel brighter and lighter. Don’t be afraid of adding standout pieces of art or furniture to draw attention to particularly spacious areas in order to make the room feel larger.
Enjoy Your New Home
Whether you’ve just moved to Haarlem or simply want to upgrade your current home’s existing look, buying furniture and changing the design is a great way to optimize the space you have available to live in. Small space, large home or rented flat, it doesn’t matter the size of your home if you have the right design tools and furniture to make it feel like a cosy piece of property you enjoy spending time in.
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