8 Pro Decor Ideas for Small Space Apartments

8 Pro Decor Ideas for Small Space Apartments

Adrienne Breaux
Jun 26, 2015
(Image credit: StyleMutt Home )

Project by: Chelsea and Cate of StyleMutt Home
Location: Washington D.C.

This small apartment is professionally designed, and within its stylish walls and calming decor, we spotted eight smart style choices that really make this small space sing. Read ahead to read words from the designers and our picks for eight ideas you might want to steal for your own home.

From the designers:

"Cate and I are sisters-in-law and business partners who have been flipping furniture for YEARS, so when a super fun young woman came to us asking if we'd be interested in designing her new apartment in Washington DC, we jumped on the chance to start on our dream of expanding into the design world. Our client, Christine, had a sofa and chair which she had picked herself, a coffee table passed down from family, and a small bookshelf which her mother had made. Other than that, we were starting from scratch!"

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1. Use an upholstered piece for a coffee table

You can put your feet up, place a tray on-top or sit on it when guests arrive. Multi-use items make small spaces more livable.

2. Use the space around your TV for decor

Don't let that wall space behind your TV screen go stagnant (and make your TV stand out even more). In this space, eye-catching hexagon-shaped shelves house a compact camera collection.

3. Hang plants for green pops in small spots

If you can't sacrifice all your floor space to add plant-life (vital for any space), invest in some hanging planter action, particularly great in otherwise plain, empty corners.

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4. Make your bike storage go with your decor

It's not like the bike in this apartment is invisible; you can totally still see it. But by placing it under two perfectly hung art pieces and next to a proportional shelf, it fits into the decor instead of sticking out.

5. Don't shy away from bold patterns

As the rug in this space proves, a bold pattern, particularly on a rug on the floor, anchors and invigorates the space.

6. Instead of storing hobbies, display them

Don't try to find storage for all your hobbies in your small apartment, take a page from this space and hang it on the wall as decor. This banjo works seamlessly with the style of this room.

From the designers:

"As most DC apartments go, space is not plentiful. We wanted to make the best use of the small floor plan and highlight what natural light comes in through the large windows cased in thick moulding. Our client had a few vague ideas of what she was looking for, mostly emphasizing that she desired a home that feels happy and unique. With her guiding the color scheme, (her bedroom colors were inspired from a treasured painting she acquired years ago), we worked out every detail, thrifting and refinishing pieces ourselves, building custom pieces, (i.e. the windowsill desk and reversible headboard), and thinking out of the box to create a high-end look that fit comfortably in her budget."

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7. Even small spots of wall can become organized entryways

A place for bags, scarves, jackets, art and a plant...perfect! (Though we might add a small shelf for shoes under it for even more organizing perfection.)

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8. Wall mount surfaces for compact work spaces

We love this deep shelf mounted on the wall under the bedroom window, which easily transforms that part of the space into a creativity-inducing work spot, even in a small sleep space.


Entry/Living room
  • Coat rack - Rustic Modern Decor, Etsy
  • 'Dream Big' art - Paper Source
  • Sofa and chair - Client already owned from Belfort Furniture
  • Beveled mirror - Target
  • Cream throw blanket - Ikea
  • Media Center - thrifted and cleaned up
  • Coffee table - Passed down from family, we added new legs
  • Herringbone rug - Rugs USA
  • Blue lamps - HomeGoods
  • 'Hello' pillow - Cushion Cut Decor, Etsy
  • Green peacock pillow - The Bluebird Shop, Etsy
  • Blue peacock pillow - Samantha Emma, Etsy
  • Blue pillows - Home Living Ideas, Etsy
  • Faux greens - Home Goods and Ikea
  • Real greens, (tree and small succulent) - Home Depot
  • Hanging wooden planters - Target - they're actually bird feeders, but we loved the wood and wanted to use them as hanging planters to brighten up a dark corner
  • Hexagon shelves - Axel Co, Etsy
  • Bookshelf - Passed down from family
  • Engineer print art - DIY
  • Coral rug - Rugs USA
  • Quilt - West Elm
  • Peach sheets - Wayfair
  • Kilim pillow - Village Pillow, Etsy
  • Faux sheepskin pillows - Pottery Barn
  • Mint Tassel shams - Urban Outfitters
  • Headboard - Built by us - it's reversible to a painted side!
  • Reading lights - Ikea
  • Nightstands - Thrifted and we refinished
  • Dresser - Thrifted and we refinished
  • Mirror - Passed down from family
  • Ballet painting and sketch - Friend of client, Ricardo Roig, Hoboken, NJ
  • Large painting of girl - Lindy Kehoe
  • Desk - Built by us!
  • Desk chair - Target

Thanks, Chelsea and Cate of StyleMutt Home ! For more after and before photos of this space, visit StyleMutt.

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