Tips for Urban Living

Urban living usually means a compromise on space, however it doesn’t mean you must give up on style. There are many ways to make your urban home chic and clutter free, tips which are simple tricks that can even be applied if you rent an apartment. Here's how to make the most of homes under 1000 square feet.

Small Urban Living Dining Room Design

1. Chrome Boom Arc Floor Lamp with Linen Shade

I love this image because it shows how inventive you can be in a small space. The table looks like it’s a desk converted into a dining table with an end table/stool used as a seat. I’m extremely fond of the distinctive floor lamp used as a primary light source for dining. This could be fabulous for renters who do not have overhead lighting.

Loft Apartment Design Under 1000 Square Feet

2. Kichler Everly Bronze Glass Pendant

Mini hanging pendant lights in clear glass are great for small urban homes. Their small size essentially keeps them unobtrusive, yet they offer the perfect amount of light. The raw nature of the glass keeps the look current and urban.

Modern Condos with Transparent Furniture

3. Set of 2 Zuo Soar White Bar Stools 4. Geometric Silver Glass Coffee Table

Small apartments and condos are beginning to offer less space for proper dining rooms, which means the kitchen counter or island is the only place to dine. Investing in leggy barstools will not only offer more seating, but create the illusion of more space as you highlight a room’s verticality, versus traditional tables and upholstered chairs that can eat up floor space. Lighter based, glass top tables are also great for small spaces. The airy look keeps light flowing throughout a room, while the surface space is plain and simply practical.

Wall Mirror Placement in a Small Condo

5. Milano Black Rectangular Wall Mirror

Whether you like a polished, frameless or a wood accent mirror, they visually expand a room and are a timeless decorative object.

Clear Dining Room Chairs

6. Set of 4 Zuo Anime Transparent Dining Chairs

Transparent "ghost" chairs are great for urban living. They can be used for dining or as a desk chairs (you may wish to add a cushion if you sit a while) and visually take up very little space.

Photos: Lonny, Small Place Style, Better Homes & Gardens.