lamp, $295 at
Leather belt shelf,
$100 at CB2
Make the Most of Your Walls
This is the biggest takeaway for small apartments. Keep your floor and other surfaces clear to give the illusion of more room. Mount your lighting on your walls or ceiling. This not only provides more light, but also adds an architectural element to the space. Similarly, wall-mounted shelving is both space-efficient and modern looking. In the kitchen, install racks and magnetic strips to free up drawers and counter space.
No matter where you live, you could almost always use more space. So whether you call a tiny studio home, or are simply looking to maximize the area in your living room or kitchen, here are some simple tips and suggestions to keep in mind.
Choose Multi-Function Furniture
Look for pieces that can combine functions and add additional storage. Hollow ottomans or small trunks offer a place to stash things and serve as side tables and extra seating. This coffee table, for example, not only comes with a storage compartment inside, but the top pops up to pull doubly duty as a writing (or eating) surface.
Use paint to give the illusion of a bigger room by painting one wall a color, and the others a lighter shade of that color. This tricks the eye into believing the space is larger. You can also paint the ceiling the same color as the walls for an "infinity effect," making the ceiling look higher.
Take an underused area, behind a door for example, and incorporate functional design, like a vintage ladder on which you can hang a blanket, jackets or books and magazines. If your sofa is at least six inches off the ground, use the space to discreetly tuck a few handsome bins, boxes or stacks of books.
Antique ladder, $85 at Etsy