These Small-Space Trends Are Going to Be Huge in 2016
Full disclosure: This story has a hidden agenda. As I prepare to move into my first studio apartment in New York City, I figure I could use some small-space tips as much as anyone. Not to say that my apartment in Montréal is much bigger—but, well, it is. So I began my therapeutic pursuit, obsessively researching décor tricks that also looked incredibly cool, to convince myself that I could make 350 square feet look fantastic. Living small doesn’t have to be boring! Scroll on for a roundup of my favorite décor trends for 2016, as they apply to tiny spaces.
This has got to be the prettiest makeshift closet I’ve ever seen. Designed by DIY-er extraordinaire Megan Pflug, it mixes trendy copper accents, minimal white storage boxes, and an oh-so-necessary accent chair to prop bags and accessories.
Note to self: Must try hat hooks.
If only every tiny bathroom in the world looked this good. The bold mix of oversize hexagonal black-and-white subway tiles makes us almost forget that the sink is half-sized. (You hadn’t noticed, right? Be honest.) The weathered brass accents only accentuate how good the space looks.
Note to self: Pretty soap bottles make everything better.
Lacquering a room is not a new technique, but it always has the potential to look fresh and new. Moreover, it makes a small space look like a glimmering jewel box—and who wouldn’t like that?
Note to self: Plan a long staycation, and bring in the painters (lacquering takes eight to 10 coats)!
This is one of my all-time favorite small-space tricks: A sofa with a single seat cushion will always look longer than it is. Even better, it’s more comfortable to sleep on, should you have stay-over guests.
Note to self: Donate the inflatable mattress.
There are some moments in décor when you realize that style is so much more important than size. I would take this tiny, personality-packed kitchen over a sprawling cookie-cutter McMansion kitchen any day. How about you?
Note to self: Invest in accessories and hardware.
Sometimes you only need a few concrete accents to give your space some street cred. I’m loving the monochrome look in this Scandinavian apartment. The lack of color unifies the space, which is ideal for a small room.
Note to self: Go 50 shades of gray.
There are many ways to add storage to a place that essentially has none: adding a small dresser or bookshelf, using a planter as a towel holder, and adding shelves and hooks!
Note to self: Splurge on pretty accessories.
When I first saw this space, I was so impressed at Megan Pflug’s ingenuity. With just a few tension rods and some pretty fabric, she MacGyvered her way to a canopied haven for her client Grace Ban’s tiny Manhattan rental. It now looks like a glam jewel box.
Note to self: Think outside the (actual) box.
I’ll say it again: Beautiful finishes trump a large space. This couldn’t hold truer than in the case of this petite kitchen outfitted with gorgeous leather pulls, textured black stained wood cabinets, and brass accents.
Note to self: Beauty is in the tiny details.
First things first: Have you seen Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber’s New York apartment? Let’s all pick our collective jaws off the floor. This home has nothing small about it, except for the butler’s pantry, which is lacquered in a deep forest green.
Note to self: Lacquer is definitely back in style.
Accent tables are the best thing in a small home, and you simply cannot have too many. Juxtapose them to display pretty décor, and move them around as necessary.
Note to self: Keep this trick for the bedside table.
What tricks have you used to decorate a small space? Share them in the comments below.