Small space living does not have to be about making compromises. With a carefully selected furniture and lighting, apartment living in the inner city can provide a fantastic quality of life. Check out our tips for making your inner city pad feel more spacious and a joy to come home to.
Choose a colour palette that creates a sense of uniformity across the entire apartment. With open plan kitchen, living and dining, restraint in your colour choices encourages the eye to absorb the room as one larger space. The additional of accent colours, textural finishes such as metal and stone, and a fresh injection of greenery will add personality and a sense of homeliness.
Furniture that is raised off the ground on legs creates an open line of sight, making the space appear largerand lighter. Similarly, furniture with open backs, such as dining chairs, work in the same way, to enhance the feeling of space and movement.
Scandinavian mid-century furniture is often lightweight and therefore easy to move, ideal for modern daysmall space living. The aesthetic is minimal and refined, not clunky or heavy, perfect for the flexibility that is often needed when living in a small space, such as using an occasional chair at the dining table.
A study nook maximizes limited space while also providing a dedicated home for work, reducing clutterand providing another platform for personal mementoes, art and objects. Choose a desk chair that compliments the rest of the apartment so it can serve double-duty as an easily accessible extra seat when guests arrive.
Opt for a round dining table to facilitate flow and movement throughout the living space. Rectangular tables can be restrictive in a small space as straight lines leave little room for movement. Additionally, around table enhances interaction between dinner guests, ensuring everyone faces the centre and is therefore never left out of the conversation – the recipe for a great dinner party.
Large-scale artwork is ideal for creating zones in an open plan setting. The artwork can act as a focal point to draw your eye to its size and scale, creating the illusion of a much larger space. Rugs can work in a similar manner, defining zones while adding style, texture and warmth.
When living within a limited space, your balcony should be viewed as an extension of your living room.Create the illusion of one large space rather than two divided areas by carrying the theme of your furniture outside and bringing plants in. Many vintage pieces are versatile enough to work indoors oroutdoors. This adds to the continuity of the home and allows you to rotate furniture to keep things fresh.
Opting for a low sofa creates the impression of a higher ceiling, which is important in a small space. Pulling furniture away from the walls makes the room look more open and airy, and allows the furniture to act as a room divider. When considering the size of your furniture, don’t forget to allow for breathing space so you’re not tripping over the coffee table on the way to the kitchen.
Think vertically. When floor space is limited, play up the height of the ceiling. Installing a simple pendant light draws the eye upwards, taking in the full scale of the space. With endless choices, your pendant lightcan be a striking talking point or a subtle silhouette. Floor and table lamps are also great for adding visualinterest in shape, colour and material.