5 Interior Decorating Ideas for Small Urban Apartments

5 Interior Decorating Ideas for Small Urban Apartments

Living in a small apartment doesn’t necessarily mean you have to trade beauty and comfort for functionality. There are plenty of interior decorating ideas for tiny living spaces and some of them are simply outstanding. If you remember, we already covered a few aspects related to the minimalist home decorating principles, but today we will take a closer look into the matter and focus on easy interior decoration ideas. After all, we all need to love our houses and be able to live in them, small or not.

The first thing you should know is that small apartments represent an international reality, no matter if you live in the United States, Europe, Australia, India, Asia or the United Kingdom for instance. There’s no wonder the global trends in interior decoration ideas focus on small, comfortable design, with all sorts of innovative twists and home décor tricks to turn small spaces into larger ones. At least from a visual point of view. From Ikea-style furniture to color combinations, and from adding unexpected elements to a living room to DIY budget projects, let’s see together today 5 interior decorating ideas for small urban apartments.

1. Color Blending

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What do you need exactly from a small living room? A modern, contemporary small living room needs to look clean and tidy in its simplicity, meet your needs of comfort and storage space and feature a hint of originality, enough to make it step out of the crowd. In the picture above you can see the everlasting gorgeous black and white color blend, soothed by the natural wooden hue of the floor.

The armchairs invite to relaxation, together with the amazing small faux-fireplace. Some well-placed open shelves, a silvery metal lighting piece that speaks about minimalism and hi-tech and the red ceiling lighting simple chandelier complete this gorgeous room, without trading functionality for looks. We told you before that the shabby chic style should be given a rest, so try new contemporary color combinations (Pantone’s Rose Quartz and Serenity, gray and mustard, white and gold) for your bedroom and even kitchen as well.

2. Bold Contrasts

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We are still playing with color, but this time, we need to spice things up. When you hear about small apartments, you know someone is going to talk about white paint, a veneered door, neutrally colored furniture and so on. But you can add a bold color to a small room and many actually recommend you to. In this picture, you can see how powerfully the white couch blends with the compact, strong orange colored bookcase.

You have plenty of storage room, the light is great and those small violet decorative pillows may turn any dull room into a work of art. You can adapt this idea to your own home and paint a recess bedroom wall for instance in a strong color, beautifully enhancing the looks of those white silky curtains of yours. Bold contrasts and vivid colors, if used smartly, can turn into outstanding Indian-style designs, bringing the flavors of the Orient right into your bedrooms or hallway. Just consult with a specialized decorator to advise you on chromatic combinations, contrasts, textures, and depths.

3. Shelves with a Twist

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A small urban studio is definitely not a Florida brick and mortar ranch, a log house or a mansion in the country by the lake, so storage space is the biggest issue we have to deal with. This is why you will see plenty of interior decorating ideas focused on inventing storage spaces even if there are no obvious ones. However, one of the most frequent solutions we meet these days are the floating open shelves.

The best thing about them is they can be used in all rooms and are neutral enough to go with almost every type of interior design style idea you can have. Open shelves leave enough wall space exposed to make a room look larger in the easy way. Of course, they also meet your need to deposit everything from books to kitchen utensils or towels in the bathroom. If you, however, don’t wish to have all your stuff in plain sight, as many things are quite personal and intimate, use the popular rattan square baskets or the Ikea-style storage colored cardboard boxes.

4. Stacking Beds and Furniture

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Small homes have to be organized really well so you don’t have the feeling you live in a constant crowded chaos. This tiny studio features one of the most important interior decorating ideas you could get: the stack-up-to-the-ceiling décor.

First, observe the ceiling-high white open shelves which make room for almost everything you can think of. Next, notice the floating bed which looks comfy enough and allows you to use a small TV set or a laptop for entertainment purposes or create a tiny office space for work at home. The white finishing goes great with the wooden floor and the color splashes spread here and there. You can think about many types of decorations for small spaces and create a beautiful space with little effort.

There is also some sort of storage space under the staircase, reminding us of Harry Potter and one of the best ideas decorators had in years:

5. Storage Solutions Where There Are None

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Or so it seems! When it comes to ingenious storage solutions, your small kitchen is the best place to put your interior decorating ideas into practice – but don’t forget to treat the entire house if you can. We recommend you to visit Pinterest for some truly crazy small kitchen pictures and designs which use every inch of space in a breathtaking manner – after all, ideas are free. This one, for instance, uses the wall as storage room – you need a magnetic surface and hooks, among others.

Perhaps the blackboard installed on the door was not necessary, but it certainly adds a hint of originality and joy to the kitchen. The black and white blend is smoothed out by the natural wooden hues in the room. When it comes to storage in the fun way try some special furniture or racks, use the space under the stairs if you have them and look at your ceiling, walls, and even bathroom pipes as if they were yet unexplored storage spaces.

If you live in a small apartment in an urban area and you want to change something, don’t over-think too much! There are thousands of interior decorating ideas (even Christmas-style ones if you are the jolly type) you can get your inspiration from. Small spaces are no longer a problem if you get a bit creative!

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    Thanks David Williams. interesting ideas shared.You also visit helpmebuild.com for interior design and home decor ideas.

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