6 Tips that will make your compact home feel more spacious

by Sasha-Lee Kinnear On: Apartment Living, living room, Compact Sofas

Small space living is a growing trend around the world, but do you know how to effectively decorate your apartment to maximise the use of the space you have. With the right tricks, you can easily turn your small space into a beautiful and functional home.

Here are 6 clever decorating tips to try to make your small space feel and look more spacious.


Decorate with light colours

Light colours allow the light in the room to bounce around, making it look and feel more open; whereas dark colours absorb the light and have the opposite effect. Light coloured walls and floors are a good place to start, but also carry this over onto your furniture. Neutral furniture pieces such as light grey or beige sofas are perfect.

Lexington-sofa

 

Add mirrors

Mirrors help reflect light and make your apartment feel more spacious, so you should incorporate mirrors, especially in tight areas that don’t get much light. Be creative, as well as hanging mirrors above your sofa or credenza you can also add a framed standing mirror against an open wall. Mirrored or reflective furniture and decor also work really well. Both these options are on trend and work well in most spaces.

Kew-tables

 

High Shelving

A great tip is to decorate in a way that draws your eyes upward. This makes the room feel taller and more spacious. For example, if your ceiling is not too high you can mount an open shelf close to your ceiling rather than in the middle of the wall. Decorate these shelves with items that you won’t be using daily, such as decorative vases, books and memorabilia.

Shelf

 

Minimise clutter

Manage clutter by incorporating storage options into your decorating as possible. Furniture pieces that work double duty as storage are the ideal choice for small spaces, such as a coffee table with extra storage or an open shelving unit that can work as a room divider if needed.

Caledonia-coffee-table

 

Multi-functional furniture

In a small space you ideally want to use every square meter you have wisely. A great way to do this is to add multi-functional furniture pieces. This could be replacing your sofa with a Sleeper couch or adding nesting tables that can simply be pulled apart and placed anywhere in your living room when needed.

Tribeca-nesting-tables

 

Minimal wall art

Instead of cluttering your walls with a ton of small art pieces, fill a blank area with one large canvas or frame. A large piece of art seems to push the walls outward, creating the illusion of more space; Whereas a couple of smaller pieces do the opposite.

Montgomery-sofa-4

 Small apartment don't have to feel cramped and cluttered. With these tips your small apartment should start feeling more spacious and inviting in no time.

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