Living in a small apartment can be a challenge, but decorating one is a whole other ball game. How exactly does one maximise space in what is basically a glorified hotel room?
More often than not, people focus all of their energy of functionality rather than design. But, with just a few clever tricks, your space can be both practical, personal and chic—no matter how many pairs of shoes you own.
Here are six simple ways to maximise space in your small apartment, without sacrificing style.
Choose a light colour palette
Softer hues can make a cramped apartment feel bigger and brighter.
Invest in a mirror
Create the illusion of space with a mirror—the bigger, the better.
Be smart with storage
Choose dual-purpose furniture, like a bed with drawers, and an ottoman with a removable top and empty space inside, to avoid excess clutter.
Make friends with baskets
Baskets will be your saving grace when it comes to keeping all your stuff organised. And, in a small apartment, organisation is key! This brings me to my next point…
In small apartments, clutter accumulates quickly and fills up the little existing storage space. Follow Marie Kondo’s lead and purge every few months. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a step-by-step guide.
Unused space doesn’t do anyone any favours. Be creative and think about how to use those areas to your advantage. For example, floating shelves can double as a desk if you need to work from home, and stash items above your kitchen cabinets if you have room.
Separate living areas
In terms of space, and your sanity, it’s best to clearly separate living and sleeping areas—either with a folding screen, shelving unit or even with different rugs.