Even if your teeny tiny studio apartment or flat doesn’t offer you heaps of interior legroom, you can still enjoy stylish (and even spacious) results. It’s all about sticking to a few design rules…
1. Craft a master plan before you buy anything
A master plan or big vision can be thought of as your road map – without it, you’ll end up going in circles, make expensive mistakes, and waste time, like buying things you really don’t need.
Set yourself on the right (shopping) path by collecting fabric snippets, paint colour swatches, and online/magazine pictures detailing the look and design you crave.
2. Hang mirrors
As mirrors boost visual space while helping to reflect incoming light, they remain one of the best décor touches for small spaces.
3. Create (and stick to) a budget
If you have a small design budget, it’s up to creativity to make the most of it, like looking for cost-effective pieces at flea markets, garage sales and second-hand stores.
4. Make your windows look taller
Did you know that hanging your curtains higher (as in closer to the ceiling) can make your space seem taller?
5. Decorate it one room at a time
Eliminate the anxiety that can come with a designing/decorating project and stick to one room at a time. Remember that patience is a virtue, especially for your wallet.
Hint: Opt for an “anchor piece” in each room. For instance, in your living room, pick a sofa with a fabric and style that’s quite neutral. This can then be styled up and enhanced more easily with scatter cushions, throws and blankets, etc.
6. Pick slim furnishings
No space for a bulky bookcase? Or an oversized coffee table? Then rethink your furnishing style and opt for slimmer, thinner designs that take up less visual space.