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5 Small Space Ideas We Can Learn from a 25sqm Apartment

Decorating a tiny home can be effortless!

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Ask any homeowner how challenging decorating a home can be and you’ll surely get tons of anecdotes and memorable one-liners. What more if you’re in the process of completing a tiny apartment? Measurements need to be done, function shouldn’t be compromised, and most of all, you need to live comfortably. It can be daunting at first, but if you have a vision in mind and a list of non-negotiables, it can be easier and more fun.

Take inspiration from this 25sqm apartment found in the lovely city of Paris. A collaboration between two friends, it features a palette dominated by gray, hints of color, and easy solutions that you can apply in your own home. We’ve rounded up some of the things that we liked best in the space—proving that decorating a small space can be fuss-free:

1. Choose a neutral palette to create an airy and seamless space.

According to the owner, to be able to breathe new life into the compact home, they had to remove the old ceiling and walls. Since Pauline, the owner, wanted to have a spacious kitchen with a bar, a generous counter space was made possible, with the other one placed just below the stairs leading to the loft. Complementing colors were chosen for the area as it tricks the eye into seeing an expansive space.

RL Tip: Want to create a bar in an instant? Choose barstools instead of regular seating pieces!

2. Display photos in a quirky and easy way.

Since we want our homes to look personalized, we want to fill it with photos, collections, and other knickknacks. Is this possible in a tiny unit? Yes, it is! Pauline displayed a couple of snapshots on the wall using only washi tape. Do the same by creating your own gallery of memories. Have your favorite photos printed in similar or different sizes then stick them to the wall using colorful and printed tape.

3. Curtains and drapes are your best friends.

More often than not, creating a space for your clothes, shoes, and bags can be a bit challenging if you have limited floor space. Worry no more, as you can prevent eyesores while still keeping these must-haves in place. You may choose to have a clothes rack or even an open shelf—then hide it in plain sight using curtains that seem to blend with the walls. All you need are your chosen fabric and trusty rods!

RL Tip: Of course, you can always use sheer drapes and curtains to define areas in your unit.

4. Be creative when it comes to storage and furniture.

Aside from making use of awkward corners and nooks, you also have the option to combine different functions into one useful must-have. In this apartment, the makeshift office houses shelves and secret drawers hiding under the wooden plank.

If you already have an existing corner with overhead shelves and cabinets, you can ask a carpenter to install a plank of wood in between these two storage centers to create an instant work or study area. Complete it with a comfy chair and you're all set.

5. Look for alternatives.

One of the most challenging parts of completing a small home is finding pieces that fit in the space and go well with the overall look that you have in mind. Since you don't want your space to look cramped with big pieces of furniture, consider looking for alternatives—instead of anothering seating piece, you can have floor pillows to accommodate guests. These fluffy pieces are comfortable and can give your home a playful vibe.

RL Tip: As an alternative to coffee tables, you can also have storage ottomans.

Source and Photos: Living in a shoebox.

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