While we all like to indulge in our “dream home” Pinterest boards filled with high ceilings, oversized kitchens, and endless storage space, the reality is that many of us reside in more modest quarters. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to make the best of a cozy condo. At The Well Appointed House, we’re firm believers that the right décor can make any space Manhattan-chic. From color schemes to decorative accents and everything in between, these tips will help make your home look less restricted and more refined.
Mirror, Mirror On the Wall..
This trick is an interior design favorite, and it really works! Done right, mirrors can visually double the size of a room. Don’t be afraid to use too many! If your apartment doesn’t boast countless windows, mirrors are a great way to reflect natural light and open up a space.
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There’s a reason ghost chairs are all the rage right now, and it’s not just because of their chic versatility. Clear and acrylic furniture allows us to visually appreciate the surrounding decor, rather than blocking it. This instantly creates a more open layout.
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It turns out slim legs look good on furniture too! Slender silhouettes on sofas, chairs, and dining tables create a more expansive interior, and little as it may be, you’ll appreciate the extra space offered by the less bulky pieces!
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Break the Rules
Who says a butcher block or rolling cart can’t double as a kitchen island? Multi-purposing furniture is one of the best ways to maximize space. Tight bedroom? A dresser or desk next to a bed can work beautifully as a nightstand. Be creative! Using pieces in unconventional ways doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style.
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Light and Neutral Colors
This one’s a no-brainer, but worth mentioning. It’s amazing how much larger a space can look with a fresh coat of paint. Rooms with light, neutral tones throughout naturally appear bigger than they are. If you’re a lover of vibrant hues, we recommend adding subtle pops of color with accent pillows, throw blankets, or small decorative accents like vases and picture frames.
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Settle for a Settee
When working with a smaller living room, a settee is a great alternative to a traditional sofa. Worried about entertaining? Keep a pouf or small bench nearby for seating when you have guests!
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Rethink Your Coffee Table
A coffee tables is one of the first purchases made by new homeowners. While they’re a décor staple for function alone, most people overlook the possibility for alternative options! Adding a tray on top of a cushiony ottoman provides a flat surface for drinks, books, and small decorative accents while maintaining a comfortable footrest. We also love the look of several garden benches or small stools clustered together, which can double as extra seating when needed.
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Mounted Lighting Fixtures
If you’re lacking the surface space for a traditional table lamp, opt for mounted ceiling lights and sconces instead. Not only do they reduce clutter on much needed tabletops, they also add personal flair to your space, adding a homey elegance and warm glow to an otherwise bland wall.
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