Tips and Tricks

14 Tips for Furnishing a Small House or Apartment

Posted by Susan Mcatee

Do you live small but still want to urge the foremost out of your interior?? We give you 15 tips, tricks and a good dose of inspiration to furnish a small house or apartment in an attractive and practical way.

# 1 FURNISHING A SMALL LIVING ROOM

A large living room is not for everyone. But that doesn’t mean we can’t furnish our small living room cozy!

Essential in a small living room is to find a way to create space. An empty corner where you actually do nothing with a function, for example by displaying and storing your books. Multifunctional furniture is very practical in a small home and there is plenty to buy in this area too. Think, for example, of an extendable dining table, a sofa bed or a coffee table where you can also store things.

# 2 FURNISHING A SMALL BEDROOM

Decorating a small bedroom can sometimes be a bit tricky. Your bed is the most important element in your bedroom, and you should certainly not compromise on this (even with a smaller bedroom) when choosing the right size bed. Make sure your bed is spacious and comfortable enough, and important for a small bedroom: it is also high enough. This way you can easily place practical drawers under the bed in which you can store all your things.

Choosing the right wardrobe is also important for a small bedroom. Make optimal use of the height of your ceiling and choose as high a closet as possible, so that you can easily store all your clothes in your wardrobe. Also choose a slightly deeper cupboard, so that you can store even more! Use side tables as space winners, you can easily place them anywhere!

# 3 PLAY WITH LIGHT & SPACE

A small house is crying out for light! Light colors in your interior will only enhance the natural light that you simply get into your home. Light colors reflect light, dark colors absorb it. All kinds of reasons to use as many light colors as possible in your smaller home! Create an atmosphere with accessories in deeper and warm colors such as cozy cushions or a hip rug.

# 4 USE PARTITION WALLS

To create the widest possible effect in the home, it is important to maintain an overview and tranquility by separating separate living areas. Do not immediately think of placing a wall, but use, for example, a room divider or beautiful cupboard to create a partition in the room.

Plants or furniture are also a simple and easy solution to get the feeling that transitions in rooms have been accentuated without losing space. For example, arrange a sofa or armchair so that it forms a partition, or place some plants next to each other.

# 5 USING GLASS & MIRRORS

Do you want to go big? Then place a glass wall in the house, for example, instead of a brick wall. In this way, the light flows beautifully through the entire house and you get the feeling of one large whole, while the living areas are closed off.

The well-known trick, which really always works: placing a nice large mirror so that the room optically appears many times larger.

A huge wall-sized mirror can be placed in a strategic place, which makes the living space feel twice as large.

When placing the mirror, take into account the shape of the room and the incidence of light. Do you want to form the space look wider? Then place a mirror against a good wall. Do you want to make the room appear longer? Then place it against a narrow wall.

# 6 FLOATING FURNITURE

Floating elements or shelves are extremely practical and excellent for a little apartment. For example, choose beautiful shelves yourself and attach them to the wall, for example with metal supports: original and practical! 

Many pieces of furniture can also be made floating – for example, if you make a TV cabinet floating and remove it from the floor, you immediately create more openness and space in the home. And it also looks chic and sleek!

A bookcase takes up tons of space and you’ll replace it with different shelves and floating boxes. So you immediately have an original storage system.

# 7 USING YOUR FLOOR

The floor can contribute to how spacious and lightweight your apartment looks. When using the wrong color or material, for example, the room can appear much smaller. If you want to make the room look bigger, use (almost) the same color floor as that used on the walls. This creates a spatial whole and furniture will seem to float.

Another useful tip is to let the floor on one floor continue as much as possible in different rooms. If you gave each room a different floor, space would appear optically smaller. The omission of skirting boards between the doorposts also gives a spatial effect.

# 8 THE RIGHT LIGHTING

The correct use of lighting is essential in furnishing, but especially when furnishing a small home or apartment. Not every home is blessed with large windows, so if you don’t receive a lot of natural light in your space, it is important to provide good lighting. You would do well to opt for lighting on several levels, such as a ceiling lamp and a wall lamp, in combination with a beautiful floor lamp in the corner. The variation makes the small space appear larger.

# 9 TRANSPARENT ELEMENTS

Transparent furniture and / or elements are the trick for a spacious-looking interior. The more you see, the bigger the room appears. Transparent furniture is the perfect solution for this. Besides being very stylish, you also create an airy and chic look in your home.

For example, go for a coffee table with a glass top, or a special transparent box as a coffee table as above. In addition to being beautiful, it is also very practical thanks to the storage space in the box!

# 10 INTO THE AIR

You can extend the spatial look that you will find after going through the above steps into your interior by choosing furniture pieces that stand on legs. Because the furniture rises slightly and the floor is visible as a result, you create a more spatial effect optically. In addition, pieces of furniture on legs are also super hip, and we see them coming back a lot in the Scandinavian living style. A bench on legs and a TV unit on legs already do a lot for space! Is there insufficient space to place a tall cabinet? For example, place some nice crates on top of each other: it looks nice and you can store a lot of things in it!

# 11 ACCESSORIES

Accessories are the finishing touch to your interior, and a small space certainly does not mean that you have to make concessions when buying accessories. Subtlety is key when decorating a small home. Buy nice baskets or storage boxes in order that your things are often stored neatly and stylishly. For example, accessories are not only beautiful but also functional. A cozy candle here and there, and some beautiful pillows in bright colors: a personal touch and your own atmosphere in your home is very important, but keep it simple and orderly.

# 12 CLEAN UP!

We, humans, are collectors and secretly have more stuff at home than we think. Reorganize, clean up and dispose of what you no longer need or use. For example to a good cause, the thrift store or the neighbors who might be able to use your things well. Do you have trouble getting rid of things permanently? Then put the things separately in a box and store it elsewhere. After a year you will have a lot less trouble getting rid of these things! 

# 13 PLAYING WITH FORM

Dull, sleek, straightforward furniture can sometimes look dull in a small apartment. So try playing with different shapes to make the interior a bit more exciting and playful. Think of a nice round lamp or a cabinet with different layers and materials. A round table in a square space immediately makes the whole thing more playful and exciting. A sofa with rounded corners may also suffice.

# 14 YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH

Do not forget to put your personal stamp on your interior by adding characteristics and own objects. As a true interior lover, you really count on a beautiful gallery wall. From photos of your loved one to beautiful postcards or places where you have been. The perfect balance in color, frames, and shapes make the gallery wall a difficult part of the interior. The trend at the moment is to attach your plates or photos to the wall by means of tape in addition to frames.