5 Decorating Ideas for Small Apartments

February 24, 2016

Small apartments can pose a design challenge because of a general lack of space and, in many cases, a lack of storage. However, with a little creativity, small spaces can be transformed into something functional, beautiful, and representative of your style.



Here are five decorating ideas for small spaces:


Add a Pop of Color

add a mirror or two in your apartment to bring in some extra light

A bright piece of furniture or bold artwork can be a great focal point and actually make your space seem larger by drawing your eye to another part of the room. Pair a bright piece with neutral items to make the space seem more open and larger.


Add mirrors and metallic details

Mirrors make a space seem bigger, so placing a mirror or two in your apartment lets in more light and enlarges the space. You can also play up metallic accessories, like silver lamps or shiny picture frames, to add to the mirrored effect.


Use floating shelves

They are a must-have because they are great for storage but don’t take up floor space like traditional shelves or bookcases. They fit nicely over couches, tables, or beds.


Add a Plant

plants on shelves
Plants can provide a great "pop" of color

Greenery adds life and vibrancy to a space, even in small doses. A small plant on an end table or a windowsill makes an apartment seem lighter and airier. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, you might want to consider a low-maintenance plant like bamboo.

Get creative with storage

Don’t let a piece of furniture slip by without storing something. Ottomans can open and hold blankets, a bench can have a shelf for books underneath, or a coffee table can sit on top of baskets of movies or toys. In a small space, every item should be pulling double duty.

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