Tips For Making a Small Space Look Bigger / by Sharon Blaustein

So you finally found the home of your dreams in NYC! The location is great and the price was just right BUT the apartment is very small. So how do make your small space feel bigger?

Here are a few tips that will help you achieve just that:

Tip 1: Let there be light!

When decorating a small space, we always recommend using a light color palette. This applies to everything, from painting the walls and trims an off-white, to using light colored furniture and rugs. That will create a feeling of openness and will make the space appear bigger than it really is. We love the off whites from Benjamin Moore. They are soft whites that work well in every light. Try Calm OC-22 or White Wisp OC-54 , you can't go wrong with these subtle shades!

 A white sofa and nesting coffee tables create a roomy and airy feel to the living room

A white sofa and nesting coffee tables create a roomy and airy feel to the living room

Tip 2: Use "apartment size" furniture

Make sure to use small scale furniture. You should measure the room and make sure the furniture you pick will fit comfortably in the room and will leave enough space to move around. Use a standard depth sofa rather than a deep one, for example.

Try to choose slim modern furniture rather than bulky heavy pieces. This will help keep your space to feel comfortable without being cramped. Vendors like CB2 offer a wide range of apartment size furniture.

 

 Apartment size furniture and a light color palette makes add a spacious feel of this living room 

Apartment size furniture and a light color palette makes add a spacious feel of this living room 

Tip 3: Bring in oversized mirrors and art

An oversize mirror will reflect the light and create the illusion that the space is larger than it really is. Large wall art will create a visually clean look, and draw the eye around the space. Restoration Hardware has a great variety of oversize mirrors, or you can also take a look at Ballard Design .

 

 Studios can present one of the biggest challenges for layouts. We maximized this Tribeca studio with brightly colored modern art and a mirror to give the space definition.

Studios can present one of the biggest challenges for layouts. We maximized this Tribeca studio with brightly colored modern art and a mirror to give the space definition.

Tip 4: Less is more!

To maintain a clean modern look of your apartment, consider saying goodbye to all the unnecessary tchotchkes and keep things minimal. It may seem like common sense, but small spaces fill up faster, and can feel even more claustrophobic when they are bursting with clutter. Keep surfaces clear of anything that isn't absolutely necessary and make the most of any closet space you have available(New Yorkers are masters of storage solutions!)

 It's all about the views in this Park Ave apartment.

It's all about the views in this Park Ave apartment.

Hope that these tips will help make your apartment feel larger than life! Want to learn more? Read about how to transform your home with wallpaper or a great rug.