Clever Renter-Friendly Decor Advice from a Small Space Pro
Artist Alina Fassakhova, her husband Artem, and their cat, Usha, live in an NYC apartment filled with plant life, artwork, and three different wall colors. And they do it all quite beautifully in only 400 square feet AND as renters. Not only have they made their home look and feel much larger than it is, but they’ve found ways to design around the things they can’t change… and make huge visual impacts in the ways they can.
Below, Alina shares some of her practical tips for decorating a small rental apartment:
“I’m convinced that dark wall paint works better than white for a small space. By absorbing the light, gray walls are less clearly marked and can give an illusion of a deep and spacious room.”
Let gray tame wood tones
“We couldn’t sand down or repaint orange-y floors and trims as it’s a rental apartment, but orange color strikes the eye much less on a gray wall background.”
Create the illusion of larger windows
“Our ceiling is very tall and the windows seem too small against it. Beige roman shades that were installed pretty high above the windows create an illusion of taller and larger windows.”
These roman shades from Walmart are similar to the ones in their apartment.
Add a little marble
“White marble on the desk reflects lots of light from the window and the room looks brighter.”
Hang mirrors in the sunny spots
“Our windows face northwest, which means bright sunlight only in the afternoon during summer and no direct sunlight in winter at all. Luckily mirrors that are placed properly can help to reflect a generous portion of light and illuminate a room. If you have the same lack of light problem, I’d recommend finding the sunniest spot in your home and hanging a large mirror right there.”