Whether you’re moving into a condominium or apartment, small space living creates distinctive organizational challenges. Furthermore, remaining organized and finding room for all your stuff can seem virtually impossible.
However, if you get creative with how you use all the empty vertical space, configure furniture, and invest in some helpful products, you’ll discover that you require less space with these genius tips.
1. Single Color Palette
If you can see from one end of your apartment to the other without standing up, a general color palette will make your space feel more expansive while pulling everything together. An easy way to begin is pairing a major color with an accent color and filling in with neutral hues.
To enhance interest, try using the accent color as the major color in a smaller space. For instance, use navy as the major color with bright yellow accents in the living room, but opt for gold wallpaper in your bathroom.
2. Incorporate Mirrors
The age-old decorating trick remains in all designers’ tool kit for various reasons. To begin with, mirrors can double the size of your rooms visually and can emphasize beautiful areas of your living space while redirecting attention from less attractive corners depending on their position.
You’ll also discover that these accessories reflect views and light, standing in as additional windows and enlarging the space. Try putting a mirror in the entryway or anywhere it will reflect a lovely artwork or view.
For a more dramatic effect, you can fill an entire wall with mirrors and include mirrored furniture to provide the illusion of another room beyond view. Placing beautiful flowers and candles where they’ll be reflected in the mirror also enhances their beauty.
3. Create Zones
Think about the activities you perform in a space-sleep, work, relax-and then create distinct zones for them. You’ll find that subtle demarcations can help your space feel bigger.
If you enjoy hosting personal gatherings or entertaining, you may want to separate your sleeping area from the more public spaces of your apartment.
To achieve this, you may consider an open bookshelf to create distinct zones without disrupting visual flow. Similarly, upholstered screens or sliding drapes are simple ways of enclosing a space when you have company.
4. Multipurpose Furniture
Multipurpose furniture is perfect for maximizing space, so you must select aspects that switch-hit. Find a table that can serve as a dining table and desk or get deep sofas or daybeds that can function as guest beds.
You should also invest in pieces that you can rearrange to transform a room’s use: folding chairs, Murphy beds, flip-flop or collapsible tables.
Leaving out even a few things in a small space can make the entire room feel messy. Pare down to your favorite and most essential items and develop a habit of clearing clutter and cleaning at the start of every season.
6. Assess Your Furniture Scale
We often try to cram the furniture that worked in a former space into the current one even when the scale isn’t a good match for the room. In a small room, you’ll generally want to avoid the oversized and overstuffed furniture in favor of small-scale furniture but don’t exaggerate. Instead, aim for balance.
7. Add a Plant
Regardless of the size of your space, adding a plant creates a sense of depth besides adding some interest and cleaning the air.
A small space is a chance for creativity and the best solutions are frequently born of necessity. It’s also important to note that lacking space doesn’t mean that you have to cut back on style. If you don’t know where to begin, these tips are a great place to start.
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