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Decorating Ideas for Small Apartments [17 Inspirational Pictures]

While living in a small apartment can mean that space is limited, decorating options are limitless. By finding creative ways to add storage space and giving each area of the apartment a distinct feel, even the smallest living spaces can be transformed into a warm, inviting environment.

Today there are many furniture pieces that also contain storage compartments, such as chairs, ottomans, benches, and beds that have drawers underneath. These furniture items can be extremely useful in solving critical storage issues while serving a very functional purpose, such as providing an area for sitting or sleeping.

fancy small apartment design Decorating Ideas for Small Apartments [17 Inspirational Pictures]

open space kitchen with dining table in small apartment design Decorating Ideas for Small Apartments [17 Inspirational Pictures]

Using decorative containers like wicker baskets, trunks, and more visually appealing boxes to store items can also add a creative touch while minimizing clutter.

Dividing a studio apartment into sections can also create the illusion of having a larger apartment. Room dividers can be used to create add privacy, and they also instantly add another wall against which furniture can be placed.

Images above by Vgzarquitectura y diseƱo / Photography by Jaime Navarro

In apartments that may be too small to use room dividers, simply grouping furniture together according to its purpose (putting a bed and dresser in one area and a loveseat and cocktail table at the opposite end of the apartment) is much more effective in creating definitive living spaces within a studio room as opposed to placing furniture in a more random arrangement. In addition, strategically placing decorative mirrors on walls and avoiding the use of blinds and dark window dressings allows light to enter the space and to be reflected, which will make the interior appear larger.

Decorating a small apartment can be challenging at first due to space constraints. However, by choosing the right furniture and storage items, arranging the layout to best maximize space, and allowing as much light to enter and brighten up the space as possible, even the smallest apartment can feel larger and more welcoming.

by Incorporated / Eric Straudmeier

by Luxe Studio

by Ethan C

by John Lum Architecture

designer Molly Luetkemeyer / by California Home+Design

Industrial looking Bratislava apartment by Gut Gut (above 2 images)

Design Team: John Beckmann, with Richard Rosenbloom / Photography: Mikiko Kikuyama

by Michelle

by Erica Islas / EMI Interior Design

by Studio Santalla

by Susan Diana Harris Interior Design

by Nicholas Moriarty Interiors

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  • Robin

    Everytime I see the word “small” on this site I get to laugh a bit. Such large version of small. Can a small apartment really fit 2x two seat sofas and a 2x2m bed in the same room? Or how about your “small kitchen” post where some of the examples have islands :)
    Anyway got to say I appreciate the site even tho we might define small in different ways

  • Diane

    It doesn’t look small or does the interior designing make it appear bigger? overall it’s a beautiful place. Love the gray and black furniture!

  • Sam

    Can I ask where that room divider came from in pictures 2 and 4?

  • Neli

    Please, can someone inform me who is the designer or/and where I could buy the kitchen furniture (the blue one) in the bratislava industrial apartement? It looks so cool, and I am looking for months for nice kitchen cupboards – and here they are. Thanks for a hint!

  • monnaie

    I like the interior designing and furnishing! So colorful, nice finishing and great lightening too!

  • MMS Rent a car

    Yeah, I totally agree with you, for some people “small apartment” is ralatively big apartment in my merit