Easy Ways to Open up Your Smaller Space

Did you know that you can get the feel of a larger space with the right furniture and storage options? That should go without saying. But there’s a lot more to openness than just what you furnish your small apartment with.

Below, I’ve outlined several great ideas for decorating a smaller space which will open it up. These are techniques I’ve recommended when I’ve been invited into a client’s home, and they have all created remarkable changes in the overall look and feel of a home.

1. Distinguish Areas to Create a Larger Feel

In very small apartments – especially lofts or studios – most people are tempted to create one large, open space. The logic makes sense, after all. If you have one small living area, you’re better off decorating as though it’s all one cohesive unit, right?

Absolutely not.

Small space design tip #1: delineate your living space into distinct, well-defined areas. Even something as simple as a few area rugs and wall hangings that mark an area as different can serve to create a much more inviting (and less cramped) home.

2. Go Lighter on Your Colour Choices

Dark or rich colours are a great way to accent a bold personality or style – in a larger home. But these types of colours have a reverse effect in a tiny apartment. They'll make your space look smaller, cramped, and a little bit claustrophobic.

Instead of embracing the darkness, go with lighter shades to brighten things up in your space. Coordinate your walls and furnishings to a complementary palette.

3. Install a Wall Unit

One of the best ways to achieve a more spacious look is creative storage solutions, they’re key to space efficiency.  A wall unit in an open-plan space has multi purposes. Use it for   books, toys, glassware, cookbooks and pop baskets on top with spare linen. Thinking about the way we use the space is more important than how much space exists.

A Few Small Steps for Major Results

Just because you’re in a smaller space does not mean you have to feel cramped and uncomfortable while you’re there! A space efficient apartment means everything has a place, nothing feels cluttered, and you only live with the things you really truly need.
Use these tips, alongside a tasteful furniture selection will keep your tiny place looking and feeling more open and inviting. For more advice read a feature we contributed to with more great storage solutions, 'Creative Storage Solutions for Small Apartment Living'

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