When it comes to decorating, small spaces can pose a bit of a problem. There is only so much that can be done in a limited amount of space. However, just because there is not a ton of space, doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it. There are plenty of things you can do to make your small apartment feel homey and larger than it is. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you on your way to feeling like you’re living large.
Pick a design and stick with it
Finding a color scheme or pattern you really like is the first step to getting your small space feeling like home. Carrying out the same tones throughout your apartment can make it feel like one big space. If you’re having trouble and need inspiration, using online resources like Havenly who have a team of interior designers you can chat with for free or home and garden magazines can help you find the perfect ideas to get you started.
Keep it light
Using light colors on the walls and even in your décor can open a room up and make it feel bigger than it is. The lighter the colors, the more light they reflect back, making a room appear more spacious. Choose a variation of white, grey, or even a light blue or green as the base color for your walls and choose accents like a rug or white furniture to put throughout the apartment.
Be mindful of scale
Although it can be nice to have a huge comfy couch or a California King bed, it is actually much more effective to use small to mid-sized furniture throughout your apartment. Keeping things at an appropriate size ratio and layout can make a huge difference in how your home feels. If the furniture fits comfortably within the rooms, they feel roomier.
Use clear or lucite accents
Using clear glass or lucite tables, desks, and even entertainment centers will extend the parts of the room visible, therefore creating the illusion that there is more space available than there actually is. Clear accents can also help cut down on the amount of clutter in a small space and come in a wide range of price points to save or splurge on, so you’re sure to find something that fits your style.
Mirror mirror on the wall
When it doubt, add a mirror to the room. The reflection naturally opens up a room, giving it more depth than it actually has. Placing mirrors strategically across from windows will reflect the natural light back out into the room and make it look larger and brighter.
Use floating shelves
Rather than including a bookcase or shelves with a base, put some floating shelves on the walls to hold your possessions. Since the shelves hardly take up any wall space and can be stacked and distributed throughout the entire apartment, it’s easy to save space with these aesthetically pleasing additions. Hanging them close to the ceiling even pulls the eyes upward, making the room appear taller.
Use your windows
Taking advantage of the natural light in a room will be the best way to open it up. Keep the window treatments sparse and light. Use a sheer curtain or no curtain at all. Keep the blinds open and any shades drawn. Let the sunlight fill up your apartment as much as possible.