5 Tips on How to Decorate a Tiny Apartment

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5 Tips on How to Decorate a Tiny Apartment

Decorating a small apartment can seem like a challenge because of the limited square footage you have to work with. However, there are certain interior design tricks you can use in order to create a chic and functional living space. Here, we’re presenting you with 5 tips on how to decorate a tiny apartment and turn it into a comfy oasis.

1. Create symmetry in your rooms

Symmetry is an important element in designing contemporary homes. It is also a trick many interior designers use to make the room look balanced and cohesive. Symmetry is usually achieved in two simple steps: first, you need to decide what the focal point of the room is going to be. It might be a sofa, a fireplace, or a painting on the wall. After that, you’ll need to add certain elements on both sides of your focal point to create balance. This is usually done by introducing identical pieces, such as vases, lamps or chairs on each side. Use symmetry to highlight the most exquisite elements of the room and create a space that looks sophisticated and refined.

2. Use a light colour palette

5 Tips on How to Decorate a Tiny Apartment

What colours you decide to use in your living space can affect how the eye perceives it. Dark tones may shrink your room, so it’s better to avoid using them in small spaces. Neutral colours such as beige, white, and blush pink can freshen up your living space and give it a calming, sophisticated vibe. Lighter colours create an illusion of spaciousness, which makes them ideal for small apartments. You can still incorporate a darker shade to create contrast and add visual interest to your space. Painting your walls light colours goes a long way, but if you want, you can take it a step further and include a rug that will match the colour scheme of the walls. To complete the look, add several accent pieces in a bold colour and take things up a notch.

3. Introduce curves into your living space

Straight lines and strong angles can make your room seem boxy and even smaller than it actually is. To soften the look of your room, consider adding furniture that has curves and is round. A round coffee table decorated with a circular tray and a vase with flowers on top will serve as a catchy element for your room and make it appear softer in design and more appealing to the eye. Consider introducing some chairs with sleek curves – a comfortable and chic egg chair will do the trick. Complete the look with a round rug or a rectangular rug that has a dotted pattern. By introducing curves and round shapes, you’ll make your living space look cohesive and balanced, thus compensating for the smaller dimensions of the room.

4. Introduce lighting fixtures

Using multiple sources of light and combining artificial with natural light are great ways to make your living space appear spacious. Introduce floor lamps in the corners of the room and consider recessed lighting to make your room look more luxurious. Scones are great wall lighting fixtures that can be paired with mirrors to enhance the beauty of certain elements in the room. Placing mirrors near a lighting source will reflect the light coming from different sources and make your room feel bigger.

5. Use layers to add depth to your space

5 Tips on How to Decorate a Tiny Apartment

When it comes to layers, it is important to think strategically. You want to create a contrast in your living space, and adding layers is a great way to do that. First, you need to pick out the design elements you’d like to use – it can be an interesting throw pillow, a sheepskin rug or a knit blanket. Then, you need to select the pieces you’d like to use layers on. It can be your bed, your sofa, or the floor. Make sure to use a wide range of textures, materials, and patterns to add visual weight to your living space.

There are many ways to decorate a small apartment without spending a fortune. By using our tips, you’re sure to create a comfortable and chic home you’ll enjoy spending time in.


Chloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator.

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