5 Decorating Tips for Small Apartments
This 850-square-foot apartment is located in Midtown Atlanta and is the homeowner's first home. The biggest design challenge we faced with this project was the small size and lack of storage, so we designed solutions with space-saving features, including appropriately sized custom furniture with built-in storage options. The large coffee table, worktable and bed all serve multiple purposes, allowing flexibility and the opportunity to entertain small and larger groups. In the end, the cramped, dark apartment was reimagined into a sophisticated space complete with plush seating, fresh greenery, statement lighting and a sleek and simple desk space.
Make the Space Feel Larger with Mirrors
A strategically placed mirror can instantly make a small space feel larger. Not only do mirrors give the illusion of depth, but they also reflect light, making the space appear brighter and more open. In addition to adding dimension, a framed mirror behind a sofa or a grouping of mirrors along a wall can add visual interest.
Add Height with Drapery
Drapery can trick the eye into making a room appear larger than it actually is. When hanging drapery, mount the rods as far up on the wall as they will go; the closer to the ceiling, the better. This draws the eye upward, making windows appear larger. Track-like hardware that can be directly mounted to the ceiling is a great option for small spaces. Just be sure to pick full-length drapery.
Choose Appropriately Scaled Furniture
Large furniture or too much furniture can make an already small space feel much smaller, while also making it difficult to live in comfortably. Choose furniture that fits the scale of the room. Careful planning is your best bet. Always measure a room before buying pieces, and don’t be afraid to edit.
Use Paint to Differentiate Areas
In small spaces, an open concept is often the norm. This can make it difficult to identify where one space ends and another begins. Address this issue by painting one area, living or sleeping, a primary color and then moving up or down the scale of paint, choosing a complementary color for the other. This will help to establish separation without losing cohesion.
Opt for Furniture that Serves Double Duty
When every inch counts, it’s important to find furniture that can serve more than one purpose. For example, a console can act as a workspace and can transform into a bar or buffet when hosting guests. Pieces like expanding tables and those with hidden storage are great options for getting the most out of a small space.