Whether you pulled the short straw in a shared house or you just want to downsize, tiny apartments or cute little rooms sometimes need a creative approach to bring out the best in each square foot. Instagram has helped to shape the trend towards tiny home living and while it isn't all it's cracked up to be (storage space we are looking at you), you can overcome the hurdles to curate a cosy charming nook that you never want to leave.
The best part?
You don't even need an interior designer to bring that Insta-design style into your home. With just a pop of color on a throw pillow or a new paint job on a recycled furniture piece can go a long way.
We have rounded up a few bite-sized bits of information to help you design a small space that doesn't squash your soul. It's time to learn how to make a mood board cuz we're about to get deep into some interior design inspo.
Clutter is your worst enemy when living in a little space so you are going to need to max out on your storage capabilities. Take a leaf out of city planning and build up rather than out. Bookcases that scrape the ceiling and a general mix of open and closed storage takes up minimal floor space but lends itself well to stacking those books, plants, crockery and bits and pieces.
From your kitchen cabinets to the window treatments, bring the focal point upward so that everything you own isn't cluttered around the ground. And if you can't fork out the cash for a massive wall unit, then a tidy little wall-mounted desk will do just fine.
A day bed that can be shifted into a sofa or a guest bed with the right amount of pillows, a group of nesting tables that double into cocktail holders for that girls night in, and a bench that can easily shift from coffee table to seat in a second - furniture should always have more than one purpose in a small space. If you're living in a studio apartment where the floor plan doesn't leave much room for stackable accent pieces, then keep counter tops and table tops tidy so that they can be used for many different things. When you can easily transition from living room to dining room to bedroom, then you'll forget all about the small floor plan.