If you’re lucky enough to live in New York City, chances are you’re also lucky enough to live in a small apartment. While it may seem like there’s not much you can do to make your tiny apartment feel bigger; there are actually quite a few things you can do to maximize space and create the illusion of a larger space. With a little bit of planning and the right design choices, you can make your small apartment feel bigger, brighter, and more functional. Here are some tips, design ideas, and examples from Julia Baum interiors.  


Let in the Light 

One of the best ways to make a small space feel larger is to let in as much natural light as possible. If your apartment has windows, make sure they are clean and unobstructed so that sunlight can pour in. And if you don’t have any windows, consider adding skylights or solar tubes to bring light into the space from above. 

Use light colors  

Another way to make your small space feel bigger is to use light colors on the walls, floors, and furniture. Light colors reflect light and make the room appear more open and airier. If you’re not ready to commit to painting the walls white, try using light colors in smaller areas, like using white towels in the bathroom or placing a vase filled with fresh flowers on the dining table.  

Keep It Simple 

Another way to make a small space feel bigger is to keep the design and decor simple. This means avoiding clutter and opting for clean lines and muted colors instead of busy patterns and bright hues. When it comes to furniture, choose pieces that serve multiple purposes so that you’re not filling up the space with unnecessary items.  


Play with Textures and Finishes  

You can also create the illusion of more space by playing with textures and finishes. For example, using mirrors in a small space will reflect light and make the room feel larger than it actually is. Mirrors reflect light and make the room appear more open. You can hang a mirror on the wall or prop one up on a shelf or console table. Just make sure the mirror is placed in an area where it will reflect something interesting, like a piece of art or a window. And adding textures and finishes will give the room an airy feeling while still providing warmth and coziness.  

Choose multipurpose furniture  

Furniture that serves more than one purpose is ideal for small spaces because it eliminates the need for additional pieces that would just take up valuable real estate. A coffee table that doubles as a storage ottoman, for example, an ora daybed that can be used as both a sofa and a guest bed are great choices for small apartments.  


Strategic Furniture Placement 

When it comes to small living spaces, it’s all about working with what you’ve got. That means making smart choices when it comes to furniture placement. If you have a narrow living room, for example, choose furniture that won’t block the flow of traffic. A coffee table with slim legs is a good option, as is grass cloth wallpaper which will make your room feel bigger by drawing the eye upward. In bedrooms, floating nightstands take up less visual space than bulky dressers. And in kitchens, go for wall-mounted cabinets instead of floor-to-ceiling ones. By using furniture that takes up less space visually, you’ll make your small living area feel larger and more open. 

 Incorporate color contrast throughout the room in order to give the illusion of more space.; Finally, don’t forget about storage! Incorporate shelves and baskets into your design so that everything has a place—this will help keep your small living space feeling tidy and clutter-free 

These are just a few of the many ways you can make your small NYC apartment feel bigger and more functional. With a little bit of creativity and some strategic design choices, you can turn your cramped apartment into an airy oasis that feels twice as big. 

For more ideas on how to make your small New York City apartment feel bigger and more functional, contact Julia Baum Interiors today! We specialize in creating beautiful, livable spaces in even the tightest quarters.