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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rob is a Los Angeles-based designer who has a background in art history and was an expert at Sotheby's auction house. Formerly the host of "Inside The Auction" for the Fine Living Network, speaker for The Learning Annex and contributing editor for Valley Magazine and LA Bride Magazine, he has spent years bridging the gap between the world of design and the general public.
His design sensibilities are varied and can work in both traditional and contemporary styles. His interiors have most recently been published in Renovation Style Magazine.