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7 Tips for Styling Apartments + Other Small Spaces

Posted by Danni Tan

Are you furnishing a small apartment, modest unit or a teeny tiny house? Just because your home is tight on space doesn’t mean it can’t be abundant in style!  Follow the below tips and you’ll be surprised how comfortable, homely and beautiful even the smallest of rooms can be.

1. Shed Some Bulk

When selecting furniture for a small space, most people are so focused on searching for items with a small footprint, that they neglect to consider the (almost more) important element of visual bulk.  Opt for items with a streamlined profile such as a sofa with exposed legs, a console table that’s sleek in design and furniture items with minimalist wire legs. Obviously if you can find something that has both a small footprint AND takes up little visual space then you’ve hit the small room furniture jackpot!

Ingrid Console Table with Drawers by The Design Edit


TRES dining table with wire chairs 

Source: The Real Estate Stylist


2. Glam Glass

Related to point number 1. above, glass is excellent for reducing visual bulk as it gives your furniture a sense of weightlessness in a tight space.

Noguchi Coffee Table Replica in Natural

Noguchi Coffee Table Replica in Natural by The Design Edit


3. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Adding a mirror to an area instantly opens it up and creates the illusion of more space.  It also brightens up the room by bouncing light around, contributing to a more spacious feel.  Hang a mirror on a wall, prop one up on a sideboard, or even place a large feature mirror on the floor, leaning up against a wall.

Mirror on floor leaning up against wall

Source: Oracle Fox


4. Light and Bright

For the most part, try to use light, airy and neutral colours such as white, creams, light greys and natural wood tones for your walls, window coverings and large furniture items.  These light and bright hues will make your room feel more open and spacious. Don’t worry about it looking flat or bland, you can add depth, colour and texture through the use of strategically chosen accents, accessories and décor.  Be careful not to introduce too many colours into your palette however, as you don’t want to make your small space look cluttered or overly busy.

Grant Featherston chair and ottoman

Featherston R160 Contour Chair + Ottoman Replica in Ash Grey by The Design Edit


5. Don’t Neglect Your Walls

You might not want to introduce much by way of homewares and décor into your room for fear that it will take up valuable real estate, but don’t forget all the available space on your walls! Add style, colour and greenery to a room by incorporating wall art, vertical gardens, hanging shelving etc…

TRES open plan living and dining room with artwork

Source: The Real Estate Stylist 


6. Up, Up and Away

Use as much vertical space as possible for your storage needs – think high bookshelves, tall boys, anything that will draw the eye up and clear your clutter while taking up minimal floor space.

Jakob 4 Drawer Tall Chest by The Design Edit


7. Seek Out Double Agents

Look for items of furniture that serve multiple purposes, such as a dressing table in the bedroom that can transform into a study desk, a pair of nesting tables that can also act as a coffee table or a side table that provides extra stool seating when guests pop over.  Be creative and use your imagination, you’ll be surprised at how many double agents you can find.

Erika nesting tables next to sofa

Erika Nesting Tables by The Design Edit


Nelson Platform bench

Nelson Platform Bench Replica - Medium by The Design Edit

Styling by The Real Estate Stylist


Looking for more ideas? Browse our carefully curated Apartment Furniture collection, for pieces that are perfect for apartments and other small spaces.  



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  • Small spaces just mean more thought has to be put into their design! There are great tips and features included in this article. Thanks for sharing!

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