To some people, decorating small spaces so that they look lavishing and chic sounds almost impossible. However, to us, it sounds super fun! Any place, no matter its size, can look breathtakingly chic with just some help of a few interesting ideas. To get inspired, please read on to find out how to elevate the look of a small apartment.
Think About the Layout
No matter which room you’re decorating and furnishing, you should first think about its overall layout. Try to imagine, or even draw out, where everything should be placed before you actually choose the furniture pieces you wish to implement in the design. This will help you get a better picture of what can and can’t be done, which will be particularly useful when the time comes to furnish it up. However, make sure you get all the measurements right to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Consider the Colors
While the most common advice is to always go with light, neutral colors when decorating a small space, this is not necessarily a rule that you need to follow blindly. Instead, opt for colors you like but try to create a contrast with either furniture pieces or other decorative bits and pieces to break off the monotony. Some of the favorite rule-breaking ideas include creating an accent wall or opting for deep, bold colors for your walls. Either way, a bold pop of color will instantly bring style into your small space, making it look more interesting and chic.
Add Plenty of Light
There’s literally nothing in this world that can instantly elevate the look of a room as plenty of natural light can. However, there are places where too much sunlight really is an issue. That’s why, in countries like Australia, people have come up with a way to make use of all the natural light without being over-exposed. So, for example, installing custom blinds in Melbourne has become an integral part of any interior design.
Decorate to Scale
You should know that equipping a small apartment with downsized furniture pieces will only make it look smaller, which is something you should definitely avoid. Therefore, go for regular-sized furniture pieces – you can even add an oversized sofa – but, for an additional style hack, choose the ones that are not sitting directly on the floor. Furniture pieces with legs will make your room appear bigger as they will visually free up some floor space.
Add Folding Pieces
Also, whenever possible, choose foldable furniture. For a small dining room, go with a folding table as well as chairs, in a small bedroom install a Murphy bed and add a folding desk in your small apartment office. The idea behind this is to be able to easily remove all the furniture pieces when they are not being used, to free up the space and maybe use it for something else instead. For example, by closing your Murphy bed, you’ll be left with a peaceful room perfect for doing some yoga exercises.
Layer Different Textures
Finally, by including and layering different textures and fabrics in your design, you’ll create an illusion of a more in-depth space. Adding multiple dimensions to your small room will make it appear bigger and roomier. However, try not to overdo it, to avoid making the space feel cluttered and overcrowded. So here, you should think in terms of fluffy area rugs (avoid wall-to-wall carpets), colorful throw pillows and soft sheepskin throws paired up with a smooth leather sofa.
As you can see, no matter the size of the room you plan on decorating, if you think big, follow your personal style and are ready to break some rules, you’ll be left with a cozy chic little place that not only looks beautiful but is also extremely practical. So, let your imagination run wild, plan everything out carefully, roll up your sleeves and get down to business. And remember – the size really doesn’t matter. What matters is your ability to make the best of what you’ve got.
Cooper Klein is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for SmoothDecorator and several other sites. You can find him on Twitter.