5 Ways to Create a Minimalist Look in a Small Apartment
Affordable, trendy CBD apartments are all the rage in Sydney, helping young professionals to afford a space of their own despite rising rents and real estate costs. Attractive as these apartments are price-wise, when not decorated properly, they can easily begin to feel a bit claustrophobic; to keep your small apartment feeling open and airy, try implementing the 5 strategies outlined below:
1. Use light colours to decorate your apartment and let the sunshine in.
Light colours fool our minds into seeing more space than is actually present owing to their reflective qualities, and having more light flowing through a room helps our eyes to absorb the amount of space that is present. Shadows, on the other hand, act like visual clutter, obscuring tracts of space.
2. Go electronic wherever possible.
Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, etc., are notorious space-hogs and easily create a cluttered look in a small apartment. As such, you should replace your books and magazines with e-books and online subscriptions (keep just a few coffee table books for decoration), turn to streaming services for your movies, and use a small iPod dock with speakers to play music, rather than having a stereo system and CDs.
3. Make extensive, organised use of containers.
Out of sight truly is out of mind, so make sure there is a container for everything from winter clothes, to spare shoes, to knickknacks—anything you're not actively using should be stored in a bin.
4. Get rid of excess furniture.
Creating a minimalist look means paring down your furniture count; stick to furniture you actually need, such as a table, bed, and couch, and forgo things like plant stands, TV stands, end tables, etc.
5. Think vertical. In a tiny space, the only way to go is up:
Make extensive use of the precious real estate provided by your walls and get creative with shelving. Glass shelves, which keep the space looking open, are often an excellent choice, as are very small shelving units which can be fit into the corner space where walls join.
Living a minimalist lifestyle can be challenging—it forces you to religiously declutter and go without frills—but the rewards are many, particularly when it comes to maintaining the space. Joshua Fields Millburn, the author of The Minimalists blog, has found that “There are plenty of fringe benefits from living my minimalist lifestyle, too many of which I never anticipated. For example, I used to spend eight hours at a time cleaning my big, three-bedroom suburban house, vacuuming and mopping the floors, dusting every surface and knickknack; but my current apartment takes less than 45 minutes to clean, including mopping and scrubbing the bathroom.”
See also: Our guide on decluttering your home without turning minimalist.
Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.