Judging from the popularity of our articles on tiny apartments, it's no secret that many people have embraced the idea of downsizing...but that doesn't necessarily mean it's easy. Whether you've lived in a tight urban space for a while or you just recently decided to make the switch to small-space living, there are certainly challenges (ranging from where to store all your stuff, to how to accommodate extra guests, to just feeling like you have room to breathe). After living in micro apartments ourselves for some time, we've come up with some smart tips and tricks for making your smaller home feel larger. If you've been feeling a bit cramped lately, read on for some ideas that can give you a little more livable room.
Professional interior decorators have been saying this for ages, but it bears repeating – lightening up your floor color can make your home feel more spacious and airy. Just like in fashion, darker colors are “slimming,” and tend to constrict, which is great if you want to look thinner but most people don’t want to create the same effect in their homes. Redoing flooring can be pricey and may not be an option if you’re a renter, so a nice area rug would do the trick as well.
We all know that furniture that’s too large for a space can make it feel smaller, but what if your furniture could look like it wasn’t even there at all? Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but clear furniture is a great way to add a needed coffee table or chair in an already cramped space without making it feel even more visually cluttered.
DOUBLE THE PLEASURE, DOUBLE THE FUN
By now, you’ve probably heard us sing the praises of double duty furniture a million times, but it truly is a lifesaver in a tiny apartment. Just consider how much room you could free up by having a desk that doubles as a dining room table or even a bed that doubles as extra storage space.