How to Decorate a Tiny Apartment

There are many reasons to choose a tiny apartment to call home. They generally come with lower rental costs, are easier to clean, and can often be found in fabulous locations. But if you are like many small apartment dwellers, you may be unsure of one thing: how to decorate such a small space.

Tiny spaces do indeed come with design challenges. With the following tips and tricks, your tiny home can still pack a stylish punch.

1. Lighting

The lighting is the first thing to consider when deciding how to decorate your tiny apartment. Natural light is a DIY interior decorator’s best friend because it can completely transform a space and is free. Replace any heavy drapes with sheer or light panels, and keep them open whenever possible to let that sunshine in.

Unfortunately, some small apartments may be short on windows, so if that is the case for you, make sure you add plenty of artificial light sources. When it comes to the supplemental lighting you choose for your apartment, opt for wall-mounted and ceiling-mounted lighting whenever you can.

Floor lamps occupy valuable space, whereas pendants, flush-mounted lights, and wall sconces do not.

2. Utilize Mirrors

Want to know a design secret that can instantly double the perceived space in a room? Lean a large floor mirror against one wall. It’s really that simple. The room’s reflection in the glass creates a visual illusion of extra space.

Mirrors also bounce light around, helping to make the area brighter, which contributes to helping a room feel larger than it is.

3. Dual-Purpose Furniture

When organizing furniture in a tiny apartment, every inch counts. To make the most of the space, only bring in pieces that can serve more than one purpose whenever possible. Consider items like ottomans that can double as hidden storage or use a dresser to double as a nightstand.

A sofa bed is a fantastic space-saving option in a small living space. Use it as a couch for lounging during the day, and it transforms into a comfortable sleeping space at night. Check out furniture rentals for more styles and options.

4. Choose Colour Wisely

Sticking to a limited colour palette in a small space is best. It doesn’t matter if you want to go light and airy with an all-white colour scheme or dark and dramatic; either can work beautifully. It just needs to be cohesive throughout the entire space. You can accomplish this by choosing one base colour to anchor the rest of your choices.

Most designers will suggest this base colour be neutral, like white, beige, grey, or black. Next, choose an accent colour that you can repeat throughout the apartment. If you’re unsure what colours to choose, start thinking about how you want to feel at home. Warm colours like reds and yellows evoke feelings of warmth and energy. Cool colours, on the other hand, can conjure calm and tranquil emotions.

5. Think Outside the Box

The storage box, that is. A tiny apartment requires some real creativity when finding storage solutions. Look around the space and pick out empty corners and bare walls. The trick is to devise ways to use those spaces to suit your storage needs.

Go vertical on the walls with hooks, floating shelves or hanging baskets. Transform a windowsill into a workspace. Purchase a shelving unit designed to fit snugly in a corner.

6. Divide into Zones

If your tiny apartment is open concept, it can be tricky to establish any delineation between the different spaces or zones. Utilizing some kind of room divider can go a long way in establishing your floor plan. A room divider can be as simple as a folding screen.

A large piece like an open-sided bookshelf can work wonders to carve out a defined space while giving you extra storage at the same time. Hanging a curtain from the ceiling is another way to create a sense of separation while providing privacy for a bedroom zone.

7. Keep on Top of Clutter

Most people tend to accumulate stuff over time. If you live in a tiny apartment, it doesn’t take long for clutter to become overwhelming. Try to look honestly at your possessions at least once or twice a year and streamline wherever possible.

When you have decided what items you don’t need to hang on to, donate the ones in good, usable condition, recycle what is appropriate, and throw away anything that doesn’t fit into the first two categories. Your home will not only look bigger with less clutter but will be much easier to keep clean.

Decorating a tiny apartment doesn’t need to mean giving up style for functionality. Even the smallest spaces can be turned into comfortable, stylish homes. You can create a space full of your personality with the abovementioned tips.

Kelly Young is a writer born and raised in Toronto. Proud of her simple and cozy life, a perfect evening for Kelly would be to snuggle up in bed with her cat and a well-written historic memoir.