Small room design ideas to maximize space and elevate living

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Author, Wasl

02/07/2024, 7 Minutes Read

Find out how to transform small living spaces into luxurious rooms that you want to return to.

Are you struggling with maximizing space in your apartment? Wasl has a range of contemporary apartments that use smart design and elegant fittings to transform small rooms into airy and functional spaces. If you are looking for small room ideas for yourself or the kids, you’ve come to the right place! There are a host of clever solutions to turn even the tiniest spaces into luxurious rooms that you want to come back to every day!

Read on for tips from Wasl to design small bedrooms, living spaces, kitchens, and more.

Small room design

Decorating a small room can be challenging. However, with the right small room design ideas, you can transform even the tiniest spaces into a warm and inviting sanctuary. For example, adding mirrors is a great way to make a small room look bigger. Because mirrors add light to a room, they can also make the space look naturally bigger. You can also choose lighter colours for your walls and furnishings, like whites, off-whites, creams, and beiges to make the room appear brighter and airier. Instead of using floor space for furniture, you could consider mounted shelves and racks to organize your books, shoes, and other items. Hanging lights add a nice touch to spaces, and they have the added benefit of creating floor space for other more necessary items. There are innumerable possibilities to effectively design a small room!

Small room design ideas for children

Trying to figure out how you can maximize space in your child’s bedroom? You can opt to paint the walls in two colours to make the space look brighter and more fun. Try to keep the room clutter-free by having a bed with storage underneath for books, shoes and other odds and ends. Instead of a freestanding closet, you could choose to have a built-in cupboard for clothes. For school work, you could add a narrow wall-mounted desk and a folding chair. You could also add a colourful beanbag, cool wall art, and brightly-colored floor rugs to complete the space. If you still have space to play around with, you could create a book nook or a music den for your kids to nurture their passions. All it takes is adding a bookshelf with their favourite books or clearing up a small space for musical instruments. There are tons of creative small room design ideas for children!

Small apartment living room ideas

Are you living in a small apartment and struggling with how to utilize space? Not to worry! There are plenty of simple solutions to make your living room appear bigger than it actually is. Decide if you would prefer a bright space or a moody one. For the former, you can use furnishings in muted colours and earthy textures to create a zen vibe. Use wall-mounted shelves, a large tropical plant, and rattan hanging lamps to create an airy, boho vibe. Alternatively, you can celebrate the small space and turn it into a den with textured wallpaper, bold art prints, dim lighting, and blackout curtains. Both have their own charm – and it really depends on the mood you would like to create. If your living room is also your dining room, you can create a seamless, open-plan look with similar furnishings and colour schemes that complement each other. 

Small bedroom ideas

A daybed is a great way to save space in a small bedroom. You can add some vibrant bed linen to the day bed, and team it up with nice throws, pillows, and cushions. If you have a tall ceiling, you can add vertical wall art to accentuate the space. Built-in storage is a great way to eliminate any free-standing furniture and free up floor space. Use warm colors in your furnishings, whether curtains, pillows, or throws. Add plants to elevate the space and give the room a vibrant look. You could also select a theme to give your bedroom character – so for example, a botanical theme, nautical theme or vintage-inspired theme. Pick wall art that matches these themes and watch your small bedroom transform into a magical space.

Small room décor ideas

If you would like to create a personal den for yourself to unwind – whether a music room, a games room or a reading room, you can design it to maximize space. There are numerous small room décor ideas to make the space feel homely. You can decorate the room to reflect your personal taste, and use wall décor that captures your favourite music artist, alongside music trivia. If you are a fan of books, you can have an exposed wall-mounted book shelf with all your favourite authors. You could also create a nice reading nook with a chair with a footstool, along with some bright cushions and a throw.

Tiny kitchen ideas

You can opt for an all-white kitchen to make the space feel bigger or eliminate the dining table and choose to have counter height worktables that double up as a kitchen island and dining space. You could also paint different sections of the kitchen in vibrant colours, to designate the space and make it look bigger. Light blues give the space a sense of depth and bright yellows can make it feel warm and inviting. Clear the counters to reduce the clutter and have neat wall racks for plates or a hanging pot rack. Plants make everything look and feel better – so you can grow a few essential kitchen herbs in pots and line them up on the window sill or even above the fridge. The other simple hack for a tiny kitchen is to simply reduce the amount of stuff you use – whether plates, bowls or glasses. Keep the bare minimum – and you will be surprised by how much space you can save!

If you are looking for contemporary apartments with plush furnishings and all amenities, Wasl offers a range of options, including The Nook, Hillside Residences, Park View Residences, One B Tower, and 1 Residences.

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Small room design ideas to maximize space and elevate living