Key Elements for Interior Design of Small Apartments

Texture Creates Space

When it comes to the living areas, how we experience the space can be significantly affected by the choice of furnishings and surface textures incorporated into the design of the different rooms in a small apartment. The use of texture can provide the illusion of space through the choice of tiles, wall finishes and furnishings such as rugs and fabrics. It is important to consider all elements during the planning process and work with a unified vision.

Innovative Furniture

Furniture with storage, that can be easily packed away or that serves multiple functions is an ingenious choice for smaller apartments. Using a discerning eye and utilising all of the space available can make a world of difference when choosing the appropriate furniture to maximise space as well as comfort. An example of this can be seen in small apartments that have a high ceiling where the inclusion of a loft bed allows for space underneath to be used as part of the living area.

Clever Storage

Interior designing a small apartment can often begin with an open plan room that includes all living areas, which allows for the opportunity to custom design space according to the personal taste of the occupants. Creative management of the space allows for small areas to be utilised as storage. Screens and mirrored sliding panels are an excellent way of separating the different areas of a small apartment while adding more light and the illusion of space. Clever storage can be incorporated into the design of sliding panels, so that belongings are accessible as needed without cluttering the appearance and functionality of the area.



At Darren James we recognise that creative use of colour is an important element to incorporate into the interior design of any space, but even more so with a small apartment. Often neutral colours as a base palette with splashes of a chosen colour theme, such as a feature wall, will tie the different living areas together, creating unification throughout. Furnishings and rugs that anchor the colour theme are often chosen to complement the personal objects and art pieces of the occupants.

Let There Be Light

In a small space, the use of light is an important element to include in the interior design planning stages and can make a huge difference to the enjoyment of the area. Utilising as much natural light as possible will be a significant factor in determining the placement of the various living areas, storage and wall panels. Additionally choosing creative lighting such as down lights, feature pieces and floor lamps brings style to a small space, highlighting the living areas as desired and lifting the atmosphere of the apartment.