If you’re living in an apartment, chances are you’re not drowning in space. Most apartments don’t come with much square footage, so if you’ve got 300 square feet per person, or less, you probably wish you had more room.
The good news is, there are some easy ways to make a small apartment feel big. Simple tricks can do wonders. Without further ado, here are five ways to take your cramped space and make it seem larger.
If you’ve got walls, walls, and nothing but walls, you can improve both the look of a room, and your storage problems, by adding shelves. Whether you install “floating” shelves in the living room, or build a bookcase headboard, you can make way better use of your apartment space if you store upwards. Head to a home improvement store in Lyndhurst, Eastlake, and Greater Cleveland and start creating your own storage solutions.
Put Up Art
Even the ugliest room can be improved by great, framed art. Besides improving the aesthetic, art also makes a room look larger, since it controls the wall space. Your tiny bathroom can look brand new and wide open with a few jungle or beach art prints. Like tiny windows, prints break up the white and lend atmosphere. You can put up Acrylic Photo Prints or start browsing artists on Society6.
A mirror will make your space look double the size. If you hang them right, they’ll transform a room. Mirrors capture and reflect light, amplify colors, and provide a “window” into a new space. Any sized mirror will help, but if you’ve got a poky living room, a huge mirror behind the couch might be exactly what you’re looking for.
Hang Your Curtains Higher
Any space looks bigger when you amplify the distance to the ceiling. If you hang your curtains at the top of your squat windows, your place is going to look squat. If, however, you hang the curtain from the ceiling down, both the window and the room look bigger. Make your ceilings appear taller by hanging curtains an extra foot or two higher.
If you’re cramming every book you own into a tiny space, your shelves are going to look cluttered. To reduce the maximalist effect of all your stuff, try arranging things by color. Put all the red books together, all the green books together, etc. That kind of arrangement will help your space breathe more easily.
A beautiful apartment isn’t dependent on great architecture or tons of space. Your small living quarters are a fantastic challenge–one you can pass with flying colors. If you incorporate some or all of the tips from this article, your small space will start feeling open in no time at all. Keep your apartment full of your own personality, but remember to decorate with a strategy in mind. You can transform your current apartment to the apartment of your dreams, all by the way you arrange.
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3 Replies to “5 Ways to Make a Small Apartment Feel Big”
Love these ideas, Karren! My son is moving at the moment to a much more expensive city than where he was before, so it’s likely his new apartment will be smaller. I particularly like the reminder about mirrors – and also the great tip about curtains! Thank you for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I hope you are having a lovely weekend!
I wish your son well in his new apartment, yes mirrors do a lot to make the feel of a large space.
Have a great week!