Styling & Decorating A Small Apartment – Part 2

November 6, 2014 0


A few weeks ago I shared the first part of my styling and decorating tips for small apartments with you. Today I want to share the second part with a few tips learned by living in a tiny 32 square meters apartment over the past seven year. Additionally to the tips in the first part, I would like to highlight the following points when it comes to tiny and small apartments. 

I like to use rugs to structure zones in my home. Especially if the small apartment has an open space, it is practical to use rugs to structure and define areas. According to your personal taste and interior styling these can be either one-colored rugs or colourful ones, with or without patterns and so on. I like a wide array of rugs. My latest addition is a beautiful design rug by the Finnish design duo ‘Saana ja Olli’ made for the Finnish label Mum’s. This rug defines now my bedroom area because there is an open arch connecting the living and sleeping area in my home.

Another tip is to use plants in your small apartment. Of course I have to repeat this like a mantra (as the founder of Urban Jungle Bloggers) but I really believe that plants liven up a space and create a cosy feeling no matter the restrained size of the apartment. Plus they purify the air and make living a tad healthier.

My third tip today is a very, very important one. Please take this one hyper super dooper serious! Keep your small apartment clean and neat! Chaos and clutter is the killer number one of a stylish small apartment. What sometimes works in large, spacious rooms, creative high-ceilinged studios, does not apply to small apartments. I really try to keep my home as clean as possible. Pile books up, put them away after reading, same with magazines, put your clothes back into the wardrobe, keep your shoes in a closed cabinet, make your bed every morning, do the dishes after eating. You know, all the inevitable things but trust me – you will feel so much better even in the smallest of apartments when it’s clean and neat.

When it comes to colour, I like to keep it focused around a certain colour palette – you can see my personal choice on Roombeez where I blogged about decorating with my two favorite shades.

Last but not least: Don’t judge your home by its size. Think of it as your little realm, the kingdom you rule and design, the place you create and recreate. Happy dwelling!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Kasia Pohl November 6, 2014 at 10:16

    32 qm?? Es ist sagenhaft wie Du das gelöst hast, lieber Igor! Du hast richtiges Talent fürs dekorieren und ein Händchen beim finden und raussuche der richtigen Accessoires:) Dein Apartment gefällt mir richtig gut!
    Liebe Grüße

    • Reply Igor Josifovic November 6, 2014 at 10:28

      Oh lieben Dank, Kasia!! Wohlwissend wie wunderschön du wohnst, ist das natürlich ein super Kompliment!

  • Reply Marina Grechko November 6, 2014 at 19:01


    Thank you for you useful tips and inpiring photos!
    May I ask you to share with me the name of the black magazines shelve?
    And I felt in love with the whale!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic November 6, 2014 at 19:56

      Hi Marina! Sure, the magazine rack is called ‘City Sunday’ and you can find it in the Finnish Design Shop online. And the whale bookends are a find from San Francisco:-)

  • Reply natalie November 7, 2014 at 07:33

    Love this series Igor! Inspiring and love seeing the word spread about how to live happy in a small space.
    x natalie
    PS posted it in our weekend links blogpost scheduled for this afternoon

    • Reply Igor Josifovic November 7, 2014 at 07:35

      Oh thank you so much Natalie! Will check it out this afternoon!

  • Reply Aurélie November 7, 2014 at 16:12

    ça y est je me suis enfin décidée à faire un tour sur ton blog et je ne regrette pas si ce n’est de ne pas être venue avant 😉

    • Reply Igor Josifovic November 8, 2014 at 00:10

      Bienvenue Aurélie!! J’espère que tu reviendras! 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous November 7, 2014 at 16:25

    A beautiful calm space. Very Nice!

  • Reply nic [luzia pimpinella] November 10, 2014 at 14:53

    der wal wieder! <3

    der muss dich doch schon total langweilen!
    willst du ihn nicht herschicken… 😉

    ganz liebe grüße

    • Reply Igor Josifovic November 10, 2014 at 20:57

      Noch nicht, noch nicht! Aber den kann man mittlerweile irgendwo auch online finden:-)

  • Reply Beauty Follower November 10, 2014 at 16:31

    Η μικρή φάλαινα είναι τελεια!

  • Reply Anya Jensen November 12, 2014 at 15:36

    Your home is lovely Igor and the tips and ideas are great. Our home isn’t huge either (city living) but it’s great and we love it, 🙂

  • Leave a Reply