When in doubt, build up
When you’re running out of floor space, the only way to go is up.
“This basic principle of any metropolitan city can easily be translated into the interior design of a micro living space,” says James Tabb, designer at Laurel & Wolf. That said, take advantage of your walls—and not only for décor, but storage too. Shelving units high up on your wall will help find a new home for all of your knickknacks while also keeping things neat and less cluttered.
Tabb’s favorite trick is to add a floating shelf very close to the ceiling that runs the perimeter of the room. “By accessorizing with books, accessories, and other collectibles, it creates an effect similar to crown molding,” he says.
For those of us that aren’t blessed with square footage but are with high ceilings, there’s potential to really use it to your advantage. Ariel Farmer, designer at Homepolish, suggests hanging your curtains higher than the actual window frame in this case. “It will give the illusion of a loftier space,” she suggests. A little optical illusion never hurt anyone!