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You’ve just moved into your new apartment and you find that it’s smaller than you had hoped. The good news is that you can make a small space feel much bigger with the right décor and furniture. Below are 20 ideas to help you get inspired on how to make your space more comfortable and easier to live in.

Lovely Wall Mirrors

A mirror can do wonders for a small apartment. It can make a room look bigger, brighter and more open. It will also make the space feel more luxurious. Mirrors are an excellent way to enhance the decor of your apartment without breaking the bank.

Cheeky Display Cabinets

Display cabinets work well to make the most of vertical space. They’re great for displaying collectables and photos, as well as books and other items.

If you want to use your display cabinet as an extra shelf, it’s best to keep things lightweight. If you plan on using it as a display unit instead of storage, heavier items may not be suitable because they can easily topple from the top shelf or fall through the glass front door.

Floating Shelving

Floating shelves are an excellent way to add storage and style to a small apartment. They’re also relatively easy to install, which is important if you don’t have much experience with construction or DIY projects. If you’re looking for ways to improve your small space without spending too much money, try adding some floating shelves!

Floating shelves can be used in many different rooms throughout your home: bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms. These shelves can be made out of just about any material—wood looks great but metal or glass works well too. Of course there are many other materials that you could choose from as well!

One great thing about floating shelving is that it doesn’t take up floor space like traditional wall-mounted units do so this means more square footage left over for other things such as rugs or furniture pieces (or maybe even an extra room).

Floor to Ceiling Curtains

Curtains can be a great way to make your small apartment feel more spacious. They create the illusion that there’s another wall between you and the rest of the room, which helps when it comes to feeling like you have more privacy. Even if you don’t have curtains on every window, adding blinds or shades will still give the same effect!

Curtains also make it easier for people to ignore all of your embarrassing messes in front of guests because they can’t see them anymore! If there’s no furniture in front of them, they’ll just assume everything is neatly organized behind those curtains instead.

They’re also cozy and warm—all things that make any home feel more comfortable (and therefore better).

Fold Out Furniture

Fold out furniture is a great way to create extra space in your apartment. It’s easy to store, can be used in the bedroom, living room or kitchen and can be folded away when not in use. With folding tables and chairs you get an extra dining table when needed but also have the option of turning them into additional seating when guests visit.

Sofa Beds

If you’re looking for a way to make your apartment feel larger, consider investing in a sofa bed. They work great for guests and kids (or even for lounging and watching TV). You can even use them as extra seating when you need it!

Sofa beds are not just for small places—they can be found in homes of all sizes. If you have the space, or want to create it by adding an additional mattress on top of a couch, then this option is one worth considering.

Glass Coffee Tables

Glass coffee tables can be a great choice if you don’t have a lot of space. They’re also easy to clean, and they can be easily matched with almost any decor.

Glass coffee tables are a good choice if you have a lot of sunlight in your home. The glass will filter out harmful UV rays while still allowing light through, so it won’t make your living room feel too dark or closed off.

If you have pets, glass coffee tables are a great option because they’re easy for them to climb on and scratch—so long as you keep them away from the top part where food is served!

Built Ins

  • Built-ins are a way to maximize the space in your apartment. You can use them to make a closet, cabinet, or even create a living room entertainment center.
  • If you’re going for a sleek look, built-ins are also an option for creating more storage in your bathroom.

Shared Rooms

Shared rooms can be a great way to add space to a small apartment. If you have a roommate, consider using the living room and kitchen as communal spaces for the two of you. This allows each person their own bedroom and private bathroom, which is perfect for anyone who needs their alone time or just wants some peace and quiet after work or school. A shared living room is also a great way to add more space to an apartment in a cost-effective manner—you won’t need any extra furniture like couches or chairs since everyone can sit on the floor!

Shared rooms are also an effective way to bring family members closer together and create a shared experience that might not otherwise be possible in such limited quarters. If there are multiple people living under one roof (like parents with children), adding shared spaces can help foster communication between individuals who might otherwise feel isolated from one another due to their differing schedules or interests.

Area Rugs

> Area rugs are a great way to define a space and add color and pattern. You can use them to define your seating area, dining area, or sleeping area. They’re also a great way to add some personality to your home if you don’t want any furniture in that certain area!

> Some of my favorite places to find rugs are at Ikea (they have lots of solid colors), TJ Maxx/Marshalls (they always have pretty designs), Homegoods (their rugs are usually cheaper than other stores), and Wayfair (I love their selection).

Colorful Poufs

If you have a small space, and you want to add color, poufs are the way to go. They come in a variety of materials—including leather, fabric and wood—and are available in a huge variety of colors and patterns.

Poufs can be used as footstools or side tables (or even as seats), so they’re extremely versatile; this means that your space will be filled with color without taking up too much room.

Brightly Painted Walls

Brightly painted walls can help brighten up a room and make it feel less cramped. Bright colors are energizing, and they can help you feel more comfortable and relaxed, less stressed, more creative and productive.

If you live in a rental apartment or house that has neutral colors (white or beige), I recommend painting your walls bright green if possible! Green is one of the most restful colors for the human eye to look at. It’s also said to increase productivity levels because it stimulates the mind while helping us relax at the same time.

Multi-Level Lighting Options

  • Use a variety of lighting options. A single light fixture can make a room feel small and cramped, so it’s important to vary the types of lighting you have throughout your home. If you’re looking for a bright space, consider using floor lamps or wall sconces in addition to overhead lighting. If you want some moody ambiance, try installing table lamps with shades that block out most of their light source.
  • Use spotlights on specific areas. You may not want to turn on all the lights in your home every time someone comes over for dinner—and that’s okay! Rather than leaving dark corners or shadowed walls untouched, use spotlights on those areas as well as other focal points like artwork or plants on tables and shelves. Even if it’s just an inexpensive LED flashlight from the hardware store (perfect for this purpose), having some extra light will make visitors feel more welcome while making them better able see all of your beautiful decorations too!

Floating Desks and Shelves in the Kitchen

[floating shelves] are a great way to add storage and display collectibles. You’ll want to get a big enough shelf for all of your things, but don’t feel obligated to get one that’s too big or heavy. If you use this as an opportunity to declutter your possessions, try choosing two smaller floating shelves rather than one large one that will overwhelm the space.

For example, if you love cooking and have lots of cookbooks then consider getting two halves of a shelf that can be connected together with brackets (see image below). Or if you would like to keep certain appliances out in the open—the blender and coffee maker say hello—then go ahead and buy them their own floating shelf! The possibilities are endless here; just make sure whatever you place on these pieces doesn’t weigh too much because they do have some limitations: they won’t hold very much weight without tipping over!

Window Coverings that Define Your Space.

There are many ways to use curtains, blinds, and shades to define the style and mood of your space. You can choose window treatments that reflect the design elements of the room (such as a traditional window covering for an all-white bedroom). Alternatively, if you’re looking to add personality to your place by showing off some personal quirkiness (your collection of vintage typewriters), consider using a patterned piece in one color family or go bold with something out-of-the-box like leopard print.

Window coverings help define how much light from outside comes into a room but also provide privacy when needed. If your apartment has lots of natural light during the day but not so much at night or if it faces east/west—as most apartments do—then consider installing blackout curtains or shades on those windows since sleeping in is important too!

Low Profile Beds, Futons and Couch Beds.

A low-profile bed is an excellent way to save space. Futons are comfortable, convenient and can be used as a couch or a bed. They fold up easily and can be stored away when they’re not being used. Futons are also easy to clean; just vacuum them off or wipe them down with a damp cloth if you spill something on them!

Lighter Woods or Painted Furniture.

There’s no need to go overboard with dark, heavy furniture and accessories in small spaces. In fact, the opposite is true: lighter woods or painted furniture can make a room feel more spacious. Choose light-colored fabrics and paints for walls, floors and cabinets. Lighter colored accessories like artwork or lamps will also help brighten up your home!

There are many ways to make a small apartment feel bigger and more comforting.

There are many ways to make a small apartment feel bigger and more comforting.

Here are some tips to help you get started:

  • Use light colors and light materials. Lighten up the space by using lighter colors on walls, furniture and rugs. Consider painting or staining woodwork in a pale white or cream color as well.
  • Use brighter colors. Instead of darker tones that will make your small apartment seem smaller, use bright colors such as yellow or orange to add brightness and dimension to the room. In fact, if you have an extremely small apartment where there isn’t any wall space left over after painting all of it one color, try decorating with only one large piece of art (instead of multiple paintings) because this can take up quite a bit of visual space in itself!


The ideas we’ve mentioned above are just a few of the many ways you can make a small apartment feel bigger. We encourage you to check out our blog for more great tips and tricks to decorate your home, no matter how small it is!

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