Some people think you have to compromise on style if you live in a small apartment, but you can do plenty of things to spruce up your place in a fun and fashion-forward way, even when your space is limited. NYC apartments are notorious for being not as generous in terms of space, but that doesn’t stop New York renters from living fashionably. In this post, we’ll explore some of those tips and trends that create a home-sweet-home atmosphere with plenty of room to relax!
Neutral tones, streamlined furniture with clean lines, and natural woods are all trademarks of the minimalist style that add a feeling of light airiness to even the smallest spaces. If a completely monochromatic decor doesn’t appeal to you, adding smaller accessories with texture or a splash of color is a great way to infuse personality, as long as they’re used sparingly. The idea is to remove what you don’t need, such as knick-knacks and excessive sofa pillows, to make room for fewer, more eye-catching pieces that complement the space.
Use Multitasking Furniture
While they can look great in a larger home, impractical furniture will only take up space in your apartment. Items like bed frames and coffee tables with built-in storage spaces are excellent options for using otherwise wasted space to declutter. Pieces that tuck away, like nesting tables, trundle beds, day beds, and folding desks, are also a good way to stay functional without extra space.
Wall Hanging Fixtures and Vertical Storage
If you need more cabinet space in the kitchen or bathroom, tall, slimmer shelving will give you plenty of real estate for storing essentials like towels, pots and pans, glassware, etc. Wall shelving and hooks are also great options, especially in an entry space to hang your coat and keys and keep your phone, wallet, and pocket essentials tidy and accessible.
Accessorize With Houseplants and Sleek Designs
Instead of knick-knacks, use houseplants to add charming finishing touches to every room! For example, hanging plants are an excellent use of vertical space, and small potted succulents look beautiful on shelves and end tables. Use thin (or no) picture frames for wall-hanging accessories like pictures and mirrors. Limit the number of throw pillows on the sofa and the bed, and store your comfy Netflix-binging blankets in a coffee table or ottoman with built-in storage space.
Avoid Metallic Pieces
We’re not talking about small fixtures and hardware, but more prominent pieces of furniture that feature metals in the design. For example, a dining table or end table with a metal base or frame tends to look busy and take up more space visually. The same is true for wall hangings and lamps. Try using texture instead if you’ want to add more flair to a small room. Items such as a neutral-colored linen lampshade or a table with a neutral leather pedestal instead of metallic will soften the look of your apartment.
Maximize Your Natural Light
Natural light is a must-have in any living space, but it’s also a great way to create a spacious, airy feel when used in a small apartment. Keep your windows unobstructed by furniture and use lighter drapes in neutral tones. Use sheer curtains to filter and evenly distribute the light throughout your room. If you need blackout curtains, consider roller shades for privacy. Letting as much natural light into the room as possible without clutter is the goal.
Keep Hardware and Lighting Fixtures Simple
Hardware on drawers and cabinets doesn’t have to take up a lot of space to make the kitchen and bathroom seem more crowded. If possible, eliminate the hardware entirely; if not, opt for a plain design. The same is true for light fixtures. For example, some apartments feature hanging light fixtures in the kitchen or over the breakfast nook. Consider replacing them with hanging sconces or track lighting with a dimming feature. Pendant lighting is another excellent option for keeping your space well-lit, uncluttered, and homey.
Choose Your Rugs Wisely
While floor rugs are a great way to add warmth and comfort, a big throw rug in the middle of a room can also create a feeling of confinement if it isn’t chosen with the space in mind. Consider a neutral-colored rug with a thinner carpet pile or alternative materials such as woven sawgrass. Square, rectangle rugs, or runner-style rugs are also a better option than oval or round ones for creating a more streamlined look. The same rule applies to kitchen and bathroom rugs.
While technically not a design tip, minimizing clutter is one of the most impactful things you can do to make a small apartment seem roomier. It shouldn’t take too long to make your bed, put away items to clear counter space, and keep the floor vacuumed and clear of obstructions. This, however, contributes massively to creating a roomier, airier space to live in. If you need to, invest in closet and cabinet organizers, and keep the dirty laundry packed away in a closed hamper in the closet. Keep garbage and recycling bins stored underneath the kitchen sink or another cabinet if possible.
Small Apartments Can Be Chic and Stylish
Whether you’ve got a trendy loft in the city or a cozy studio in the suburbs, a small apartment can pack big style. We hope these tips have inspired you to make the most of your space and create a sanctuary you’ll love to come home to!