Apartment Therapy

Designing for Small Spaces

To be completely honest, Channing and I, too, fall into the 'young professionals with small apartments' category along with many of you.  While we strive to one day find ourselves residing in beautiful homes with white billowy drapes, exquisite furnishings, and gardens full of blooming peonies, the reality is that we aren't there yet.  To many, a small apartment is viewed in a negative light; we are here to disagree! Listed below are the steps we advise our readers to take when moving or redesigning a small space.

  1.  Our biggest tip right off the bat; Purge!  If you truly do not need something, and it has little to no sentimental value, give it a toss.  A common mistake for anyone with a small residence is overcrowding and cluttering up your space.  Allowing your home to breathe by leaving designated open spaces truly makes a residence feel larger and more open.  Believe it or not, you do not have to fill every nook and cranny!
  2. Take the time to really think about what you want your space small to look and feel like.  What speaks to you in a home?  (Tip: Check out our Pinterest page and view our 'Designing for Small Spaces' board for inspiration)  Have you always wanted the apartment with all white and grey furnishings and textiles, or are you someone interested in a colorful abode to escape in when you get home from work each evening?
  3. When it comes time to select your furnishings, make sure they are sized appropriate for your home.  If you are debating between an eight-foot long sofa with giant rolled arms and a petite six foot sofa with low, stylish arms...well, you get the point.  It doesn't hurt to pull out a tape measure, grab some painter's tape, and mark the sizes of the furnishings you are interested in on the floor.  This is a simple way to understand what the size of something truly looks like in your space.
  4. We leave the shopping part up to you, but a few of our personal favorites are: (click name to view website) Restoration HardwareAnthropologie Home, Crate & Barrel, CB2, Pottery Barn, West Elm, All Modern, Urban Outfitters Apartment, Kate Spade Home, and many, many others.  Please do not hesitate to email us with questions or comments.
Photo Credit: Coco Lapine Design

Photo Credit: Coco Lapine Design