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Small Apartment Hacks: How to Make Your Space Look and Feel Larger

There are plenty of small apartment hacks that can help you make your space look and feel larger. From using transparent materials to strategic colour use, there are so many ways you can give your small apartment a grand feeling.

Posted by Room Edit Team

1 month ago

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When you live in a small apartment, it can be hard to make your space feel bigger. You have to use every inch of the square footage that you do have and make it work for you and your belongings. Just because you are limited on space, doesn’t mean that your apartment has to feel compact or claustrophobic. Here are some unique hacks that will help to maximize your small space.

Glass Tables

People often overlook the power of glass furniture in small spaces. It’s a fantastic way to open up your space without sacrificing counter space or seating. Opt for a glass coffee or dining table for that open and airy feeling.

“Leggy” Furniture

Open and airy furniture pieces create more space in your living room or bedroom. They are also lightweight so you can move them around easily when guests come over. Exploring different ways that leggy furniture can help your small apartment feel like home will bring a new chic element to your space, as you can invest in pieces like leggy lamps, tall side tables, and coat racks.

Mirrors

Mirrors are the ultimate way to make your small space seem larger. They reflect light, and also offer an easy way to view your entire apartment at once. Put them on the walls or ceiling to create instant light and depth. Hang them vertically or horizontally across from one another to create a larger surface area (this is especially helpful in kitchens). Place them near windows so that natural light bounces off of them, making it seem like there’s more sunlight coming into your home.

No Large Rugs and Drapes

To continue improving your small space, you need to get rid of large rugs or drapes. These items will only take up valuable floor space and add volume in a room where there’s barely any left. They also create a limited vision of the space and opening the floor/walls to more natural and raw exposure, ensures that the room looks larger sans distractions.

White and Neutral Colors

We always stand by the oldest (and more trustworthy) “trick” in the designer book; neutrals. Dark colours can make things feel congested and small, so opt for soft shades of creams, grays and whites to open up the space and rely on them to make the room open up, and create a visual rest that fuses the room.

Vertical Lines

Vertical lines create the illusion of a longer, larger room. They convey balance and can elevate any room by orienting the eye to the ceiling, encouraging a feeling of height to space. They give rooms a taller appearance, making them an incredibly useful design element in spaces with low ceilings while adding a sense of coziness.

Light, Breezy Fabrics

Another key element in making your space look larger is by seeing how light the room feels. This can be difficult if your home or office space has dark colours and heavy fabrics on the walls. So opt for natural, slightly translucent fabrics like linen or cotton, and neutral-coloured fabrics and elements that do not overcrowd the room and “dim it down”.

Maximize Space

A good way to maximize your space is by scaling your furniture to fit the size of the room. Place larger pieces of furniture against the walls to maximize the open space and make the room look bigger. Pieces like sofas and sectionals can make small rooms feel more spacious by filling up unused corners of it. And as they are placed in strategic corners of the room, they act as key pieces that fill up the space and balance the room.

Live Clutter-free

It’s a problem in most homes, but it affects the smaller homes most. Clutter is the kryptonite of most spaces, so a good way to make your spammer apartment look clutter-free (even if it’s not the case), is by using large baskets or large objects like treasure chests to keep the things you don’t use out of mind… and out of sight. These objects add some charm to the space while also remaining neutral and serving a purpose so the room looks less busy.

Let the Light in

A very easy and natural way to keep your room open and breezy is by making use of natural light. If you find yourself in a place where the natural light is not as abundant, find taller lamps with neutral/warm lighting, and strategically place them in corners (or next to sofas) so the light can embrace the room and add that element of softness and openness. 

 

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