When it comes to interior style, size does not matter. Small apartment living can be super chic with a few smart elements to enhance and get maximum efficiency from your space.
Create the illusion of space in your small apartment using these simple but clever DIY styling tips.
Think outside the square when it comes to adding character and warmth to an apartment. Less is more when it comes to furniture, so utilise the wall space to really create the welcoming oasis you are after. Fantastic art is incredibly affordable these days, and large or small-scale works can distract the eye upwards and away from a smaller room.
Palms and Pandans Art Print Large, $99 from Hunting for George
Divide and conquer
If you're in a studio apartment or a one-bedder, don't fret about finding space for your home office. Dividing screens and curtains are a super chic, ‘New York Loft’-inspired apartment addition that not only looks fabulous, but also creates a sense of separation in living zones. Go with the one that speaks to your sense of style and fun, or opt for a natural texture that can disappear into the room.
6 ft. Tall Woven Fiber Room Divider Two Tone Brown 4 Panel - Oriental Furniture, $159.99 from Target
Make seating suit you
A plush couch is not for everyone. Although these significant ‘hero' pieces may look fabulous in your favourite interior magazine, they devour valuable space in smaller apartments. Start with a less formal approach by purchasing luxe floor cushions that can seat you – plus another one or two – or be easily tucked away to free up floor space.
Block Stripe Floor Cushion, $39 from Target
Want to create more space? Invest in mirrors. Not only do they create an endless element to any room, but they also utilise any available light to bounce it around and brighten spaces.
Dylan 90x90cm mirror, $199 from Freedom
Shelve the shelves
A big bulky bookcase or side table can often be a redundant addition to a bedroom. If you want to keep your bedside sleek, opt for a removable side table that can clip on and off whenever you need it.
Bamboo Bunk Bed Shelf, $33.40 from Bed, Bath & Beyond
Go with a modular model
If you can’t go past a couch, at least choose one that moves around with your mood. Modular sofas are fantastic for tight spaces, as you can quickly add and subtract pieces to accommodate guests or surprise sleepovers. With such a versatile piece in your home, you'll never run out of new ways to work a room!
Kivik 4-seat sofa, $799 from IKEA
Make your desk do the work
Table for one? Sure thing! Don't swallow up all your living space with a big, bulky table designed for more people than you will ever host. Go with a chic, minimal style that can double as a work desk and a dinner table. Keep the legs thin and weightless to enhance the area around them.
Toto Four Seater Dining Table, $129 from Fantastic Furniture
Pick it up
Another excellent way to reduce clutter on the ground or tables is with some cute wall hooks. These can work as both a design element and a great way to keep coats, shopping bags, backpacks and umbrellas off precious floor space!
Set of Two Dropit Hooks, $50 from Hunting For George
Throw down a zone
Another clever way to create different living zones in studio or small apartments is with rugs. By having a rug in each area – preferably of various shapes and sizes – you instantly create a variation of ‘zones’ from one area to the next.
White Shaggy Rug, $45 from Kmart
The key to creating the illusion of space in your apartment is to keep the floor as freed up as possible. This is when hanging options come into play. A hanging love seat works beautifully to add whimsy and character to a room. Trust me, it will be the first thing people head for in your home!
Camilla Hanging Chair & Stand Combo, $179 from Hanging Out
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