Small apartments deserve the respect that any other interior design project would warrant, but many individuals don’t know where to begin the process. There are many different ways to go about improving upon the interior of your small apartment, but only a few of them are going to feel “perfect”. Take it from someone who owns a small apartment themselves there is a lot of stuff you can do!
When you add drapes to your rooms, make sure that they match the colors of the walls. This will allow a feeling of continuity to take place, letting space feel larger. You should always be looking to match your color schemes, as it’s one of the more typical things to be considered in within interior design.
2. Natural light
If you have windows, make sure you’re making ample use of the natural light present in your home. The more natural light you can see, the bigger things will appear. Natural light is also cheap, and doesn’t cost a thing! If you have the right windows in place, you can use as much natural light as you’d like.
3. Sofas and Armchairs
When it comes to your sofas and armchairs, you’d be better off with the raised variety. When they don’t touch the ground, it creates a bigger sense of space. The space underneath the furniture might not seem all too important right away, but once you see it all come together, it’s a wonderful feeling.
The furniture that you implement within your small apartment is going to be responsible for a good chunk of how spacious your apartment feels.
4. Clean your clutter!
Clutter can be a big problem, especially when it comes to smaller apartments. When you keep things clean, the clutter won’t make you feel closed in. Clutter can be unhealthy in certain ways as well, so ridding your property of it quickly is a useful process.
5. Neutral colors
When you’re looking into the palette portion, try and pick colors that are going to come off as being neutral. Your space will not only appear larger, but clean and well-lit as well! Beige, gray and tons of other colors could be deemed perfect.
When you’re looking at these items, make sure that they are smaller prints; try and strive for plain/unified colors as well. When you can match colors correctly, a room will be much more appealing visually.
7. Multi-functional furniture.
This is a given, as anybody with a small living space will tell you that multi-functional is a big deal. When you can sleep on your bed, but also store hundreds of pieces of clothing underneath it, you’re going to be better off in regards to your space usage.
Mirrors are a given, as they reflect the rest of your apartment and give it a larger feeling. This is important, as it’s a mind trick of sorts; when you have mirrors in your home, you can’t just stick hundreds of them up. You need to place them strategically, so that your entire apartment is benefiting from the light being reflected.
9. Large pieces of furniture?
They say that smaller pieces are always going to be your best bet, but larger pieces of furniture can actually turn out to be quite beneficial. When you implement a relatively large piece, it can co-operate with the rest of your apartment perfectly; giving it a spacious feeling. Test it out for yourself and see what kind of results you’ll be working with!
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10. Small accessories
When it comes to the accessories you’ll have placed throughout your home, you want to keep them smaller than usual. If you have a vase or table that’s incredibly large, it could take away from the space available in the apartment itself. Take a risk and work with small accessories, even if it’s something you’re not used to, you may fall in love with the results. Small scale accessories turn into larger than life interior designs.
11. Group together your Art pieces
If you have a lot of art to hang on your walls, try and group them together. When you keep them spaced out, you may feel like it’s allowing your home to appear larger, but it’s the opposite. You see a lot more of the wall, and if it isn’t matching in regards to color (alongside the rest of your drapes and other accessories), it’s going to cause problems.
12. Mix and Match Patterns
Patterns, like squares and lines, can be your best friend. Much like a pair of striped pants will make your legs appear longer, striped accessories will allow your house to appear longer/larger as a whole. It’s a neat trick that many people implement with pillow cushions and such, and this is the one opportunity you have in order to create a contrast of color.
13. Foot traffic
When you live in a tiny space, there is bound to be an abundance of foot traffic somewhere throughout the house. If this is the case, try and identify these problem areas beforehand; this should allow you to prepare for the things that will go on. Create spaces for hanging out, eating and everything else; but also have a specific “high-traffic” area. Smaller apartments are much easier to destroy with a house party! Not that you’ll be having any, of course (wink!).
14. Storage out in the open
Storage that is implemented alongside your typical furniture items (like a bed or couch) is always sought after, but open storage will be ideal as well. Have a few baskets that separate different types of items, and use them effectively; it will help keep your small interior organized at all times. This also has to do with the clutter portion of smaller apartments, and keeping yourself free from it.
15. Picking proper “Staple Pieces”
Staple pieces are the ones that bring together most living rooms, like coffee tables or a sofa of some sort. Keep those pieces neutral in color, but introduce some variety with your accessories and accents. For example, have a light gray sofa, but use a few different shades of blue for the pillow cushions! It will not only feel comfortable, but spacious as well.
16. Light fixtures
There are many unique light fixtures on the market that are appealing not only visually, but also emotionally (as weird as it sounds). There are some creative designs out there that could keep your small apartment lit up in style!
17. Vertical storage
Since you’re already short on space, there are a few ways to get the most out of your small apartment. When you make use of vertical storage, you’ll notice that there are tons of different places to have shelves built. Shelves can not only look nice, but they will allow you to store more items in your small space. Go vertical and you’ll never need to worry about having enough storage room to work with. (via Getty Images)
18. Don’t block any lighting opportunities
If there are ample opportunities for letting in natural light, make sure that you aren’t blocking any. If you have a bookshelf or anything that is an integral piece to your home, but it happens to be blocking a natural light opportunity, you’ll have to figure out a new place to put it. Light is always going to be the key component to making your home appear larger, as that’s the most ideal thing to be using it for. Blocking light opportunities could be compared to refusing a free shot at making your small apartment appear larger. (via Front + Main)
19. Use some plants!
Plants will not only bring some fresh air into the mix, but they will also just look appealing as well. Plants aren’t too large, and can add to the home-style atmosphere that so many small apartment owners are trying to achieve.
It’s hard to create comfort is such a small space, but when you use plants and other proper accents, you’ll notice a huge difference. If you have a specific kind of plant/flower that you favor, you can work with that choice; there isn’t any specific kind of plant that will make your house appear bigger (just avoid large plants!). (via The Sill on Brit + Co)
Although this may seem out of context, the knobs that you’re sporting on your kitchen cabinets can play a big part in the spaciousness of your home. If it’s all one color, go with an alternative choice this time around.
This is good for people who have landlords that despise renovations (or refuse to renovate properties on their own terms). Knobs are relatively easy to swap out, and if you’re under a lease, you can remove them and take them with you in case of a move. Credit from 17-19
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