Living in a big city can be a lot of fun, but finding a large space to live in can be super-challenging. Most of the time, small apartments are all we can manage to find, since large homes are either too pricey or just not available. The next challenge, after finding a home, is making it comfortable and beautiful.
A common misconception we all fall prey to is that a small apartment or home can’t be decorated well. This couldn’t be farther from the truth!
Design and Decor Ideas for Teeny-Tiny Spaces
When it comes to dressing up a small space, there is no shortage of great ideas. Your own creativity and sense of style can go a long way toward transforming your home, no matter its size. If you don’t let yourself be restricted by the thought of limitations (most of them are not as important as they seem), the sky really is the limit!
Here are some ideas to get you started on your creative journey:
1. Create Magic with Mirrors – Since time immemorial, mirrors have been used to create the illusion of space and light in buildings all over the world. While ancient architects and designers may have used sheets of beaten metal to reflect light, today you can walk into the nearest store and pick up mirrors in any size, shape or design you like!
Large mirrors on one wall of a room can reflect natural light from a window and amplify it, as well as the glow from lamps and indoor lighting. They also create a visual trick where the room seems like it’s larger than it really is. Other than walls, you could also use these beloved accessories on table surfaces or doors.
2. Define Separate Spaces – If you have a small studio apartment or one-room flat, it’s quite likely that you work, sleep and eat in the same area. Creating clearly defined spaces for each of these tasks can help improve the functionality and visual appeal of an itty bitty ‘all-in-one’, especially if you dress them up in similar colors!
If your bed doubles as daytime seating and you only have enough room for a few chairs and a table, pick out coordinated pieces. A medium-sized table can serve as a coffee/side/dining table, as well a workspace during the day. Stackable chairs are perfect for times when you have friends over, since they can be taken out only when needed.
3. Furniture with Storage – These versatile pieces are perfect for tiny apartment dwellers. Tables with shelves underneath, couches or beds with box storage, window seats and banquettes are all ideal for storing stuff you can’t throw away but don’t use often, like spare linen, keepsakes and books.
If you have the time, search for pieces of furniture that fit into awkward nooks and crannies. A window niche is the perfect space for a small settee, divan or storage box. In fact, here’s a trick many Army wives use when they live in small assigned quarters – fill a box trunk with extra possessions, then cover with a small mattress to create an adorable two-seater!
4. Play with Size and Fit – Planning the size, style and amount of furniture for a small home can be a little tricky. Most interior design experts advise matching the size of the room and the furniture you plan to place in it. Compact and fuss-free items look best in smaller rooms, while larger items can make them seem cluttered.
On the other hand, a large piece of furniture can work well, but only if it is the main focus in the space. Oversized beds in elegant neutrals can do double-duty, as super-comfy seating during the day and a soft cocoon for sleeping in at night. Similarly, a big sofa or divan could be the only furniture you need for a dual-purpose room!
There are many other ways to turn a small space into a comfy and gorgeous home, especially when you play with ideas and make them your own. Bare walls can instantly be brightened up with a large art print, which acts as a statement piece and fools the eye into believing the room is larger than it is. Long window curtains in light colors work exactly the same way. The next step? Look around your space and let your creative juices take over!
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