Limited housing options have led an increasing number of people to move into smaller flats. On the other hand, micro-apartments are an emerging trend in large cities. Just because you are in a small flat, doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all your belongings. Whether you are downsizing or facing budget constraints, Fino offers solutions that can make a small apartment feel bigger. Below are some of our small apartment furnishing ideas that can help give the impression of more space:
1. Stick to a neutral colour palette for your walls, floors, and curtains. Lighter colours will reflect light and make an area seem more spacious. (Fino tip: use varying shades of the same colour if you’re not sure how to mix different colours together.)
2. Use furniture that works double duty. The most common issue you will probably face in a small apartment is space saving. An antique chest of drawers can be both a makeshift coffee table and storage space. A sofa bed will come in handy if you don’t have a separate living and bedroom, or if one is quite compact.
The Mood sofa bed by Ditre Italia is a stylish option if you don’t have a separate living and bedroom.
3. Mirrors give the impression of more space. They reflect light and will make your room feel larger.
Photo mirror by Cattelan Italia
4. Choose a single, statement piece and then decorate around it. Avoid filling your living room with multiple pieces of furniture, which can make it feel closed in.
Facett by Ligne Roset is a colourful, conversation starter piece.
5. If you are in a studio apartment, use rugs to separate your space into distinct areas.
6. Open shelving in addition to cabinets will maximize your space and give the room an airier feeling.
Stepsytem from Veneta Cucine is a shelf that takes up otherwise unused wall space.
7. Furniture that is supported by legs is ideal for smaller spaces as it allows for extra storage space below.
Kim by Ditre Italia even comes with a built-in bookcase and makes an ultimate storage option.
8. If you have a bookshelf, don’t completely pack it with books or decorations. Leave some empty gaps in between to avoid it looking too cramped.
9. Use stripes to create a literal optical illusion. Adding a vertically striped rug to your living room floor or bedroom will extend the length of the room.
10. If you don’t have much floor space in your small apartment, make use of the higher spaces. For example, floor-to-ceiling windows and bookshelves draw the eye upward and make it seem like you have a lot more space.
These stackable shelves by Tomasella add a unique look to your living room.
11. Instead of using central ceiling lighting, opt for different light sources like lamps which will draw your eyes all around the room.