4 Decorating Tips for Small Apartments

4 Decorating Tips for Small Apartments

Living in a small apartment can have its advantages. For starters, the rent is cheaper and more often than not, a small apartment is closer to bustling downtown areas. But of course space is quite limited and as a result, most apartment owners believe that when decorating, you should focus on functionality instead of design. But what if we tell you that just because your apartment is small, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be short on personality and style?

Here are some tips to help you create balance between having a functional apartment and a cozy and stylish home:

1. Declutter

A Couple Moving Boxes Into Their New HomeWhen giving your home a makeover, the first order of the day is to declutter your apartment. Since you don’t have the luxury of having extra space, it’s important that you remove items that would only make your apartment feel more cramped and cluttered. Get rid of any items you don’t need. If you want to make an extra buck, consider having a garage sale or listing items on a local swap site.

2. Define specific areas

A Beautiful BedroomA lack of definition to your space can make your apartment look messy and even appear smaller than it really is. Define separate areas in your apartment to make the most of your space. For instance, you can back your couch up to the foot of your bed to separate your sleeping area from your living area. Alternatively, you can use plants or dividing screens to mark the changes in the use of space in your home.

3. Buy dual-purpose furniture

Dual Purpose Bedroom FurnitureMake the most of space in your apartment by investing in multipurpose furniture, like an ottoman that can be used as storage for magazines or blankets. Or you consider a day bed that can be folded into a small couch when you’re not sleeping on it. For your coffee table, consider using an old trunk that can double as storage, or one that folds up into a desk for your home office.

4. Choose light colors

Professional Painter Painting A Wall WhiteWhen choosing colors for your apartment, you should keep things on the lighter side. Darker colors usually make spaces appear smaller, while lighter colors open up the space. To spice things up, focus on using three colors: two light bright shades for most of your space and one darker color to be used on accent pieces such as throw pillow, rugs, and other decorative items. 
Bonus Tip: Hang Mirrors
Consider hanging mirrors on your walls. Mirrors make excellent additions to small apartments as they create the illusion of space and at the same time, they help spread light throughout the apartment.