5 Ways to Create Space in a Small Apartment

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When you live in a small apartment, it can sometimes feel as though the walls are closing in around you, but there’s no reason a small space has to feel small. With the right décor and strict paring down of furniture and clutter, your small apartment can feel open and spacious.

5 Come Into the Light

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Light is your friend. It makes a small space feel open and airy, so clean the dust bunnies out of the corners and let as much light into your rooms as possible. If you have tiny windows or a room with no windows, use artificial lighting to create the illusion of spaciousness and use mirrors to reflect light from other sources.

4 Color Carefully

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You might think bold and dramatic will make a room pop, but in a small space it’s often too overwhelming. Go with lighter shades on your walls and ceilings, and bring bold or bright colors into the space with furniture, fabrics and accessories. Different shades of the same color throughout your apartment can also make it feel larger and more spacious.

3 Think Small

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Bigger isn’t better when it comes to making a space feel larger. Choose smaller scale furniture when decorating a small apartment so that everything fits in the space without overwhelming it. Just because the pieces are smaller doesn’t mean you need more of them. Use the same number of pieces, or fewer, that you’d use if you were decorating a larger space. Find pieces that serve more than one purpose to make the most of your space. For example, an ottoman that opens up for storage or a bookshelf with a fold-out desktop serve two purposes without taking up a lot of space.

2 Go Up, Way Up

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Vertical space is often wasted, because you tend to items at eye level or lower, but your walls offer a ton of space for storage and décor without suffocating the room. With items on the lower half of your walls, your apartment feels cramped. However, if you use the vertical space on the walls, you open things up so you can breathe again. A tall bookshelf that goes up to the ceiling is a perfect example of using that vertical space. Floating shelves are also handy space-savers.

1 Stop Hoarding

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Cutting the clutter sounds like a no-brainer, but going without all your baubles and bits is almost painful in reality. You cannot fit the world in your apartment, so begin decluttering by separating the things you need from the things you just like having. If you hesitate on anything, get rid of it. For example, clothes you haven’t worn in months probably won’t be missed. Once you’ve donated, recycled or tossed away all of the things you don’t need, organize what's left. Everything must have a home in a small space. Baskets, storage bins, and boxes help keep items that don’t need to be on display hidden from sight. This makes your apartment feel more open. Flat storage bins that fit under the bed can easily stow away the clothes you’re not using, but also keeps them accessible. By keeping things you don’t use every day hidden from view, you make your tiny abode feel clean and open, and if you have a secret shopping addiction, it helps keep this under wraps as well.

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