Living in a small apartment? Did you know there are tons of way for you to make your small space feel larger? You may have to get creative at times, but there are always decor techniques that you can use to accomplish a "larger" small space and I am going to tell you just how to do it!
I have lived in a few small apartments myself, but here's the shocking part.... I did not mind it one bit! Yes, I had to get very creative at times, but I used my design background to help make my small space look and feel much larger. It dawned on me that not many people know these tips, but they can certainly benefit from them. My own cousin is currently trying to figure out some fun and inventive ways to decorate his new studio apartment, and I figured I can try and come up with some great advice that I would give him and put it all in a post for everyone to benefit from!
Tip #1: Certain Color Palettes Make A Difference
A lot of people assume that the only way to use color to make small spaces feel larger is to use white everywhere. While it is definitely effective, it's so boring! You can get colorful with your decor, but in a very specific way. What I suggest is base your entire space on one color palette that contains three colors. Those three colors should consist of 1) A light color neutral ( i.e. light grey, beige, or even white ) 2) A bright and light color ( i.e. teal, yellow, orange, or coral ) 3) A dark neutral color used sparingly ( i.e. dark brown, black, or dark grey )
Here's why: it is certainly true that lighter colors can help in making a small space feel larger, but light does not have to be white. The addition of a light and bright color helps to add some personality to your space while still contributing to making it feel larger. As for a dark neutral color, be careful with this color. While the addition of dark items will add some visual contrast, adding too many dark items or large dark items will add a visual weight to the room making it feel a bit more closed in. Therefore, opt for light colored furniture and use your dark color of your palette in small decorative items.
Tip #2: Don't Be Afraid Of Patterns
Playing with patterns and textures can be a great way to add some personality to your small spaces and add to your color palette as well. However, try and use patterns on small decorative items ( like frames, throw pillows, decorative boxes, and ceramics ) instead of larger items ( like upholstery ) to avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed by details.
Tip #3: Make The Most Of Windows
When it comes to windows in small spaces, you get what you get. Sometimes they are short, sometimes they are narrow, and sometimes they do not give you a ton of natural light. My motto with these windows is fake it 'til you make it!
To make a narrow window appear wider, use an extra long rod ( longer on both sides than the width of your window ) for curtains. This way when the curtains are open more of the window will be shown. Also, be sure to never open the curtains wide enough to see the edges of the window. It helps the visual illusion of a wider window when you cannot see its edges.
To make a short window appear taller, install your curtain rod several inches above the height of the window or at ceiling height. This method naturally draws the eye upwards, and the size of the window will be much less noticeable when you are not calling attention to it.
To help with a lack of natural light, first make sure to keep windows unobstructed. You wouldn't want to take away from the natural light that you already are getting. Second, decorate with mirrors as your wall art. Mirrors and reflective surfaces will reflect back any natural and artificial light to brighten small spaces. Here is a fun fact: larges mirrors can help tremendously with creating a visual illusion of more space. Use large mirror, and your small spaces will start to feel more spacious.
Tip #4: Create Ways To Eliminate Clutter
Clutter accumulates easily and quickly in small spaces and will only add the feeling of the space being small. To help, add attractive or out of site storage options to eliminate clutter. Decorative baskets and boxes are a great way to store your things in site, but in an attractive way that won't make it look junky. The more storage options you give yourself, the more likely you are to continually use them and keep you place tidy.
Tip #5: Use Multi-functional Furniture
Make some great use of furniture that you can use for multiple functions. This will help save space when you don't need to buy separate furniture for each additional function.
Love to entertain guests in your small space? Find a coffee table that you can store small seating under. You can pull these out when you need the additional seating, and have a easy place to store them when you don't.
Thinking about buying a room divider? Opt for a bookcase instead. A bookcase will be perfect for separating your spaces while also giving you a great place for additional storage.
Tip #6: Turn "Dead Space" Into Storage Space
Find places in your small space that you would not otherwise use, and turn it into a storage space. Wall space is a great ( and easy ) way to reduce the amount of room that is being taken up on other surfaces and on the floor. For instance, install shelving above your bed and eliminate any need for nightstands. Use the area above your fridge to store your small appliances that you don't use as often. Furthermore, use the sliver of space between your fridge and a close wall or cabinet as your storage for a rolling spice rack. Keep items off of counter tops by storing them on the wall if possible. Raise your bed and start utilizing under bed storage. There are so many ways to create storage in small spaces if you are willing to get creative.