A rather huge advantage to having lived in Europe is that things are smaller. The streets are narrow, closet space is non-existent and of course, apartments are much smaller then what we’re used to in the United States. Realizing that some may not see this as an advantage, it is when you think of how savvy one becomes with the ability to utilize living space and make the space feel like a home.
The Big Picture – Living in tiny quarters doesn’t mean that everything should be small, quite the opposite in fact. A few over-sized pieces of art and one large mirror will make your place look and feel larger.
Don’t Hide – Kitchen space, even in the largest home, never seems to be enough. This is never truer then when one is living is a small apartment. Instead of attempting to cram your dishes and cooking utensils into cabinets and drawers, make them part of the décor. Open-shelf displays using your glassware and cooking utensils proudly displayed in a pitcher vase are stunning and space saving.
Eyes Up – A tall floor lamp does double-duty in a small living space. The obvious being that you have light and the lamp draws the eyes up making your place look roomier.
Leather and Lace – Or silk and satin rather. A small living space looks and feels more luxurious draped in expensive fabrics. Invest -- yes -- invest in a smartly chosen set of drapes. Choose a classic pattern or color and you will get your monies worth in years to come. If you’re on a budget, mix it up a little with inexpensive pillows.
Less Is More – This should be obvious, but it is so easy to get caught up in clutter. Comfortably living in a small space does mean that you need to think about what you really need to have in your living space and what you can give away.
Understandably, not everyone has a large budget to work with. Get creative and re-purpose an old frame, make your own drapes or check out yard sales to find your treasures. Are you a small space dweller? What are your tips for making a tiny space a large home?