When I moved into my new place, I knew I needed to rethink my layout to optimize my small 515 sq. ft. apartment. After decorating my own space as well as the tiny spaces clients in big cities like NYC, small space living has no more secrets for me. Here are some tricks and great pieces to adopt in your own small space.
Pick slipper chairs or ones with skinny arms that take up less space than bulkier club chairs. Consider sofa alternatives like daybeds (that can double as a guest bed!) or settees which take up less space. Small stools and floor cushions are also great for extra seating and can easily be stowed away or stacked when not in use.
Sconces can replace table lamps (especially in the bedroom) and don’t take up precious table space. The same goes for floor lamps which can be squeezed behind a chair for reading light. Some pendants can make a statement in the room without taking any floor space. Reflecting light onto mirrored surfaces can also make a space appear larger.
Keep the color palette to a minimum in a small space. Of course you can use color, but stick to one or two tones maximum in different shades. And always add a touch of black. Patterns and textures like flokati or seagrass are great for creating a layering effect without feeling like you’re walking into a box of Crayola.
This may seem counter-intuitive, but don’t be tempted to buy “apartment-size” everything. A lot of tiny furniture will make the room seem smaller, whereas a few bigger pieces will make the room appear bigger (and they hold more stuff! Win-win). Of course, always measure twice to make sure everything fits, but go as big as you can. For example, it your bedroom is larger than it is long, use small chests as bedside tables. Use occasional tables that have 2-tiers or shelving.
While some may think that canopy beds are too bulky for a small space, they’re great, especially in studios where the frame of the bed can visually separate the sleeping area from the living/dining space. Don’t be tempted to buy the smallest rugs. Making sure that all your furniture fits onto the rug will make a room feel larger. It’s also a great way to defining different “rooms” in a studio space.
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Photo Robert McKinley