When you’re living in a smaller-size apartment, you may find yourself feeling short on space or crammed from time to time. Lucky for apartment-dwelling residents, there are a number of design strategies for you to deploy to free up some space and feel more comfortable in your apartment.

Here are 5 tips to make your apartment feel larger:

1. Mirrors

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, make my apartment feel less small. In the classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Magic Mirror served as the foremost judge of beauty in the land. For your apartment, a mirror can provide you with the power of making your apartment feel much larger.

If you’re looking to feel less claustrophobic in your apartment, start with some mirrors. The key to mirror’s magical ability to make a room feel larger is through reflection. By reflecting light around the room, the mirror gives off an optical illusion of depth. For greatest effect, have your mirror angled towards a focal point in the room such as a piece of furniture. Reflective tables and cabinets will provide the same effect if you’re really looking to add some openness to a room.

2. Multi-Purpose Storage

If you’re feeling short of space in your apartment, you’re undoubtedly also tight on storage space. Kill two birds with one stone by getting yourself some multi-purpose storage pieces. There’s a wide range of options for you when it comes to finding pieces that can serve multiple roles for you. You could find a dresser that can double as an entertainment stand, a bookshelf that doubles as an art stand, or a cabinet that is part pantry and part coffee station.

One of the best ways to maximize your storage space and free up room in your apartment is through built-in storage. These nifty pieces are built directly to the wall, creating more space than a hefty freestanding unit. A built-in unit can serve a bunch of roles. Longer ones can have drawers for clothes, as well as plenty of surface space to house your TV, a stereo, and even some books or a vase.

3. Expandable Tables

Dining tables are an essential piece in your apartment, but also one of the larger and clunkier items you have. If you live alone or with a single roommate, chances are you don’t need the entirety of your dining table on regular basis. So free up some space by getting an expandable table.

Expandable tables are perfect for apartments. Keep the table compacted during regular use, and when you do have guests over, quickly expand the table to create enough surface space for everyone.

4. Lighter Colors

As a resident, you won’t be able to change your apartment’s square footage, but you can change up your color schemes. If you have dark color schemes currently in your apartment, that could be contributing to the compact feeling of your space. Dark colors do serve a nice role for making you feel cozy, but that coziness comes at the price of making a space feel small and cavernous.

Light colors on the other hand will really open up a room. They make a space feel airy and expansive due to their ability to reflect light. Dark colors absorb the light, which constricts the feeling of a room.

Light colors can be used in more ways than simply painting the walls. Lighter carpet, rugs, tables, lamps, and even furniture will all make a space feel larger.

5. Don’t Obstruct Your Windows

We might be starting to sound like a broken record, but we can’t stress enough how powerful reflective light can be for opening up your apartment. If your apartment has windows, don’t obstruct them. Design your furniture arrangement to make sure that dressers, bookshelves, couches, and entertainment stands aren’t blocking natural light from entering your apartment through your windows. Instead, position your furniture so that it highlights your windows and the light they bring.

Windows also have an effect of drawing the eye upwards, which will make you see more space. For window shades, try a muted color that allows some light through when closed, or at the very least try a style that is easy to move back and forth.

Find Your Next Apartment with Elevate Living

By deploying some of the tips we highlighted here, your apartment will feel larger, and by effect you’ll feel more comfortable. With apartments, a small addition of a light-colored rug or a medium-sized mirror can make a world of difference in the feel and tone of your living space.

But sometimes you simply need more square footage. At Elevate Living, we have a number of listings that offer a wide-open floor plan that will give you plenty of room. If you’re looking for a new apartment to call home, contact us today and hear about our vacancies in your area.