Sunlight, sunlight, sunlight! The windows make my apartment feel so much bigger than it is. Sitting up among the trees helps me feel connected to nature in the middle of the city. I also have an absurd amount of closet space (not shown) for such a small apartment, which helps hide the clutter.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
When possible, prioritize windows and sky - I don't feel hemmed in by my small space because the windows let the eye travel beyond the walls. Living a few floors up, I see mostly sky and treetops.
I balance my need for visual calm with my collector's tendencies by corralling my doo-dads in my big glass front cabinet, and on my bookshelf.
Not earth-shattering, but I am much happier when I keep my small space clean and tidy. I always try to make my bed - it's the first thing you see when you come in!