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6 Clever Tips to Make Your Tiny Apartment Feel Larger

by , 04/11/13

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LIGHTEN UP

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.

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BE TRANSPARENT

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.

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VERTICAL HORIZON

Expand your horizons by unlocking a world of storage you may not have ever thought about before – your walls! Vertical storage allows you to free up valuable space on your floor by mounting everything from your bike to your jewelry. An added bonus with this is that your possessions can also double as objets d’art and they’re a lot easier to find when they’re at eye level.

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SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS

If you’re ok with the amount of space you have, but wish your ceilings wouldn’t look quite as low, a little paint might be all you need to make them look taller. In order to achieve the effect of a higher ceiling, simply tape off a portion of your ceiling about one foot away from where it meets each wall, and paint it the same color you have on your walls. The extra border will draw the eye up right from the wall to the ceiling, creating the illusion of a higher ceiling.

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KNOCK OUT KNICK KNACKS

While owning a shotglass from every destination you’ve ever traveled to is a feat to take pride in, having them all out on display may not be the best idea when you live in a small space. Keeping countertops and tables free and clear of objects creates sweeping sight lines that trick the eye into perceiving more available room, and the same goes for your floor. You might be surprised at how much bigger and better your home could look if you just donated a few pieces of furniture or other clutter.

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8 Comments

  1. nicemorning February 9, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Thanks for the tips! I think many people are facing with this problem. I also read a lot on how to make rooms look bigger and more spacious. Can add some here. You are right that vertical storage allows you to free up valuable space on your floor. I also prefer using vertical shelves for my staff. You can paint the ceiling the color of the walls, or put some mirrors that reach to the ceiling it will give the feeling of a very spacious room. Plenty of natural light will also make its affect, big windows create an airier and more open atmosphere. Or if you like, look here http://new-york.localmart.com/apartments-for-rent/ for some ideas, people sell their apartments on this website and of course have many photos of their rooms, I found here some really nice ideas for living-room paint colors.

  2. Yuka Yoneda Yuka Yoneda January 23, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Hi Ursu!

    That is an old secondhand drawer from IKEA. It appears to be discontinued but here is a similar one: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80053933/… We recommend looking for used versions on Craigslist. Good luck!

  3. Ursu Nube Luz January 22, 2014 at 2:07 am

    where can I get the white book case with 6 drawers and cubes?? please help!!!!!

  4. John Nyerges January 7, 2014 at 1:44 am

    plants in the wall . love it

  5. CelesteC January 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Where is the table/desk in slide 4 from?

  6. BeBeBr December 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Could you please share where you got the room dividing six-drawer bottom and cube-like top from? Are they two pieces or one? Thank you.

  7. skylights June 26, 2013 at 2:52 am

    great idea! mirrors are also a big help to make your room looks bigger. Instead of wall decorations, a mirror is a better aletrnative. go for slim appliances like flat screen tv. a 2 in one appliance like coffemaker with oven in 1. Light colors also give an illusion of space

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