kitchen and living room
Interior Design

Small apartment decor inspiration

Decorating a small apartment is not as hard as it sounds. Landscape architect Mario Nivera says: “People think you’re limited when a space is small, but I think the key is seeing everything as somewhat in flux, never standing still, always shifting, realigning. In a lot of ways, it’s like a garden”. In a way interior decorating is a lot like landscaping, art and architecture. There is a story behind every room, painting, garden and building.

A small apartment subdues itself to the same rules. In order to create a beautiful, functional space, you must first plan its story. There are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration, such as style, functionality, circulation, lighting and furniture placement. They are all equally important.

 In this article we’ll walk you through ten beautiful rooms.  Find inspiration in their stories and write a unique one for your small apartment.

1. Elegance in white

small apartment dining

The dominant, immaculate white works beautiful with the color and texture of the wood. The placement of the chairs and table is perfect for this room’s configuration.

2. An inspired merger of rooms 

a dining room and a bedroom.

This minimalist room reunites a living room, a dining room and a bedroom. In the closet behind the couch, there is an cleverly integrated bed. If you’re looking to save space in your small apartment, a Murphy bed is a clever solution.

3. Open floor plan- great for a small apartment 

small apartment

An open floor plan can work wonders for your small apartment. Beside the aesthetic benefits, such as creating visual continuity and flow, it also benefits the cook. He/she can participate to the living room activities.

4. The importance of multi-purposed rooms in a small apartment 

kitchen and living room

Create a room with multiple functions. There is no need to compromise if dealing with decorating a small apartment. Make sure you differentiate the distinctive areas in your room, either through color, texture or material. However, in the end, they should work as one.

5. Multi-purposed furniture for your comfort

small apaprtment furniture

Having multi-purposed furniture is a must in a small apartment. It will raise your comfort and save up valuable space.

6. Storage space for a clutter free apartment 

small apartment kitchen toom

Make sure you integrate enough storage space to avoid clutter. The open shelving in this industrial room are giving it a orderly chaos feel. It works wonders with this particular style.

7. Transitioning from a room to another 

small kitchen and dining

Create a tangible transition between one room and another, in your small apartment. Don’t disrupt visual contact between rooms. One room can benefit from the natural light that floods the other.

8. Room dividers for a small apartment 

small apartment traditional bedroom

The best room dividers for a small apartment are the ones that maintain visual contact between spaces, yet create a sense of privacy.

9. Opt for soft colors 

small apartment room divider

Dark colors can really make a place look and feel smaller. When choosing the color palette for your small apartment, consider working with light, soft colors. You can liven the place up by adding accents. If you opt for darker colors, make sure you have plenty of natural or artificial light.

10. Patterns 

small purple bedroom

Make sure you use patterns across the entire room. Create a focal point and continuity. You want the eye to travel and discover the entire room, not focus on a single element.

The most important thing when decorating is to think of the experience. Figure out how you want to experience the space and design after those guidelines.



Currently studying architecture, I'm enamored of all visual arts. My path in architecture started with drawing. The childish play soon developed into a passion and then into a choice of profession. Architecture taught me a lot of things that can be applied in interior design. I'll share with you my perception of space along with tips on how to manipulate it to suit your needs. Enjoy!


web hosting counter