I've moved around a lot in my adult life, having lived between New York, Melbourne, and now London. After spending three years in the densely populated city of New York, I like to think I've become accustomed to small living spaces. (In fact, my first Manhattan apartment was so tiny I affectionately compared it to Harry Potter's room under the staircase, and honestly, that was being generous.) So when I finally made the move to London, I already had several ideas on how I could maximise the inevitably small space I would eventually call home.
When it comes to tiny-flat living, interior decoration has to be strategic, so before making a purchase, I often think about whether an item will work to enhance a space. Mirrors are perfect for doing just that, as they tend to open up a room and make the environment feel more spacious.
In terms of furniture, I'm a fan of anything with built-in storage or a handy space-saving feature—whether that's an ottoman that opens up to house blankets and pillows or a set of nesting tables that can be stored together and then opened to provide more space when entertaining.
While I like intricate prints and portraits as much as the next girl, art is one thing I try to keep quite minimal at home. Yes, gallery walls might be all the rage on Pinterest and Instagram, but I tend to find clean surfaces help to make a space feel roomier. That's why I always choose to focus on one statement piece or series that will still leave plenty of white space. Keep scrolling for the interiors buys I love to make my tiny flat feel bigger.
Mirrors are a great option when it comes to making a room feel bigger. For smaller spaces, I always opt for a leaner mirror as opposed to one on a frame, as that will save you a little extra space. In my current flat, I also chose a dressing table with a built-in mirror, which I think has really worked to open up the space.
AM.PM Anzac Arched Mirror in Bronze Metal (£110)
La Redoute Clairoy 1 Drawer Scandi-Style Dressing Table (£165)
Zara Stand Up Mirror (£120)
Hampton Rectangular Leaner Mirror in Silver (£409)
House by John Lewis Bow Dressing Table in Oak (£299)
H&M Wooden-Framed Mirror (£25)
I'm all about furniture that works double time. A wall unit that doubles as a desk? Yes! A footrest that contains storage? Definitely. And let's not forget the benefit of a nesting-style coffee table when it comes to space saving.
Zara Gold Marble Nest of Tables (£230)
Dunelm Eloise Velvet Pleated Ottoman (£99)
La Redoute Vova Nesting Oak Coffee Tables (£275)
La Redoute Domeno Ladder-Style Shelving Unit (£250)
Zara Wooden Storage Unit (£90)
When it comes to artwork, less is more! I tend to pick one statement piece and make it the focal point of the room. Choose a serene beach print or minimalist line drawing to bring a sense of calm to your space.
Oliver Bonas Salty Air Large Framed Wall Art (£135)
H&M Abstract Line Drawing Print (£10)
Oliver Bonas Sea of Love Framed Wall Art A3 (£45)
H&M Nude Line Art A4 Framed Set (£70)
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