Design Ideas for Small Spaces

design ideas for small interiors

Thanks to foreign investors and a booming property market, the Australian dream has shifted from a large block and white picket fence to a focus on an inner-city lifestyle, with up to 83% of growth in Australia’s capital cities occurring in the inner city areas. Generally speaking, apartments are typically more affordable than houses - believe me, I have been privy to the alternative - but with that also comes smaller spaces. So what can you do when it comes to functional, yet oh-so-beautiful apartment interior design? My top home decorating ideas for smaller spaces are proven to enhance even the tiniest of abodes with unbound style and panache...

De-clutter & Display

For those who may not yet know, I tend to be quite sentimental about people, places, and moments. Often labelled a collector, you’ll find my home adorned in all sorts of décor items sourced from around the globe. As much as I’d love to do the same in my inner-city property, dimensions are somewhat more limited, so I’ve come to adopt a clean & refined interior design style to display my worldly collections. Those pieces that reflect my personality are artfully displayed in shelving and atop consoles, while those guilty pleasures (read: tattered product catalogues and scribbled designs on-the-go) are placed within accent chests and storage units. On my to do list: rid my glass coffee table of the weekend newspapers to make way for curated selection of coffee table books and coordinating decor, perhaps a trinket from my latest trip... 

glass coffee tables gold and glass coffee table

Storage Solutions

Taking advantage of slender space limitations, bookshelves and petite consoles, make ideal additions to apartment home interiors. Bookshelves in particular offers eye-catching features by drawing the eyes up and exaggerating the height of a space. A bookworm could fill my Parson's Bookshelf Etagere with ease, and enviable style to boot. Personally, my shelving at home coordinates my favourite titles with seasonal, of-the-moment decor pieces, although my Paris vases by Oly San Francisco are a constant feature... 

Furniture Selection

small apartment design

Achieving a cohesive and functional home when decorating small spaces calls for a calming and seamless design aesthetic. If built-in storage is non-existent, look to clever storage solutions such as my Celeste Entertainment Unit and Toulouse Large Ottoman. These practical and on-trend pieces not only provide close-at-hand storage for those smaller accessories, yet also enhance a modern living room design with elegance and style; keep winter’s blankets and throws stored away in a storage ottoman, whilst still being within arms reach for those stormy summer nights. 

storage ottoman with nailhead trim gold entertainment unit


Looking to add space to your interior without costly construction fees? A mirror is your unequivocal answer. Create the illusion of space and amplify light with a statement making floor mirror or stylish wall mirror and notice the instant interior update this seemingly magical decor piece provides... Need I say more?

decorating ideas for small spaces


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