Don’t let your small interior limit your creativity with decor. Even when you’re tight on space, there are many ways to showcase your style while keeping it comfortable, cozy and modern. When it comes to decorating any interior, similar rules apply for maximizing floor space and light while balancing form and function. But the most important part is to add elements of your personality to make it truly feel like your home.
Here are our top tips on how to decorate your home with limited space so you can feel proud to show it off when the time comes.
Let in the Light
Any designer will tell you that the most important aspect of creating an attractive interior is being strategic with light. It can make or break the look of a room. But of course, we don’t often have control over the amount of light available in our homes. If your place doesn’t receive much daylight, for instance, focus on enhancing what’s available. Remove curtains and use blinds or transparent sheers instead. Stick with a bright, neutral colour palette and put up artificial lights by using fixtures, sconces, or lamps to maximize the brightness and coziness inside.
Take Advantage of Reflection
Mirrors are an age-old trick when it comes to maximizing small apartments. Try to be strategic about your placement. For example, a mirror across from windows can help reflect light around the room to make the space feel more spacious and airy. Mirrors are also a great addition to bare walls or at the long ends of rooms — they can give the illusion that the area extends further than it actually does.
Use Less But Live Large
To elevate smaller spaces, it’s important to be mindful of every piece that’s included. As a rule of thumb, use less furniture and decor features, but choose larger items over smaller ones. This is an easy way to avoid clutter, add a touch of drama and intrigue, as well as more depth. For example, choose a large piece of artwork to hang on a feature wall or place oversized potted plants in bare corners as attractive showpieces. Or, instead of several small and stiff side chairs in the living room, invest in a plush and pillowy lounge and loveseat that everyone will fall in love with!
Choose Multipurpose Furniture
Next, try to pick furnishings that can be used for multiple purposes. A bookshelf can provide storage for books while also acting as a partition between the living room and dining room, and it can be tastefully decorated with framed photos, succulents, and little knick-knacks from your daily adventures or travels. A coffee table designed for functionality can also be useful for setting down mugs and storing items within it. Other great furniture options include stools or chairs with hidden compartments — perfect for seating your guests or tucking away your belongings. These days, it’s much easier to find multifaceted furniture designed specifically for homes limited in space.
Living in a smaller home naturally forces you to evaluate every inch of your personal belongings, so there’s no better time to embrace minimalism than now. This modern design concept is all about cutting back to the basics to alleviate clutter and keep what you love and use regularly – and nothing more! Aside from making interiors appear more spacious, it’s also an excellent way to keep your place tidy and organized.
Rearrange Your Furniture
It’s common for people with small spaces to shove their couches and other pieces against the wall. However, pulling furniture away from walls can actually create the illusion that the room is bigger than it is. For example, a couch centred in the middle of the room brings creates the effect of two separate areas — one behind the piece and one in front. While strategically placing items to partition your apartment can help with spaciousness, keep in mind that too much can contribute to a cramped feel.
Additionally, pulling your furniture away from the walls can offer more storage functionality. You could put items behind and, thus, out of sight and out of mind.
If you want to prevent your place from looking too cookie-cutter and bland, go bold with a few tasteful decor features. Add a bold colour to an accent wall, use a vibrant area rug, or choose a sleek-looking burgundy couch to create an unexpected wow factor. If you’re not ready to dive in too deep, you can use bold accents in smaller ways with throw pillows and blankets. To prevent your interior from appearing too busy or overwhelming, balance out any boldness with a good amount of neutrals, and choose one primary accent colour to keep it cohesive.
When it comes to decorating your place, there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. But by following these quick tips, it can guide you in creating a look that’s just right for the size of your place while adding your personal style. If you’re on the hunt for a new apartment this year, check out all of our latest listings at CLV Group and InterRent REIT today!