Apartment Decoration Design Ideas in Barcelona

Do you live in a small apartment but do not want to feel like you are living in a box? If you have been afraid of this for a long time and you are thinking of decorating your small space, keep reading because this article will acquaint you with every aspect of ideas and tips for decorating a small apartment! As interior designers, we will share with you some ideas for the color palette, proper furniture layout, and creative tips for equipping your new dorm room, studio, or apartment.

1. A light color palette

The choice of color palette for small spaces is usually ignored because you usually choose colors for individual furniture or decoration. It is always a challenge to approach your interior design color scheme in general. However, when it comes to designing small apartments, your color palette should help you create the illusion of a larger space. In general, you should consider light colors such as white, whitish, pastel, or muted colors for your apartment. These colors help to create an open and wide feeling.

Pastels may look feminine to some – if you are a boy, you may not want to use them in your apartment. Do not worry though, because although pastel colors make you feel a little softer and softer, you can use muted colors instead because they bring the same atmosphere.

Pastel colors are colors that belong to the milky and unsaturated family. These are colors that are white enough to give a colorful yet soft look.

Silent colors are highly saturated colors that are softer and less bright due to the addition of color, shade, or tone.

When it comes to small spaces, your color palette should be light colors because they have more reflection than dark colors, and as a result, make the space more open and pleasant. They also make the room look bigger and brighter. Then you can spray a few bolder colors for highlights and accents.

2. Tiny apartment layout Dos and Don’ts

Arranging furniture in a small dormitory or apartment can make or break the space because furniture often consumes a lot of space. Here are some do’s and don’ts when planning your furniture layout:


Use multifunctional furniture pieces (this will be discussed further).

Consider expandable/stackable tables that can be stacked together to save space if not in use.

Customize your furniture pieces for smaller dimensions because furniture pieces on the market are usually of standard dimensions.

To create an outdoor design. As much as possible, place larger pieces of furniture on the wall, even if this interior design is sometimes bad.


Do not block paths and passages with furniture and accessories, as this will create a tight layout.

Do not display your belongings visually throughout your space. If you have a lot of things, either crowd or create an organization system to hide them and have a very stylish and clean interior.

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3. Use an oversized wall or floor mirrors

Mirrors can make your room bigger. They create the illusion of depth by emitting light to the depths of the room. Place large wall mirrors on large blank walls to visually expand the confined space. Take a look at these two design projects I did for small condominium units to see the effect of large wall mirrors:

This bedroom is only 5.5 square meters and its plan is only a bed and a closet. But installing wall mirrors and placing cupboards with mirrored doors creates the illusion of a much larger space through reflection.

In this small apartment, there are two doors next to the bar, which lead to the bedroom. Then the wall mirror creates the depth and illusion of space, especially because it is located on the opposite side of the balcony door and window and reflects the natural light of the environment.

Floor mirrors, on the other hand, apart from being an independent piece, can also give your room a more open feel. I know large wall mirrors can be expensive, so if your budget is low, you can choose floor mirrors.

4. Hang wall art or tapestry with simple designs

Decorating small spaces with hanging murals or tapestry gives the space character. Remember to choose items that have a simple and light design to avoid over-complicating the walls.

You can hang a large piece or a combination of several smaller pieces. Either way, art and wall hangings can enhance the visual appeal of your small apartment above ground level. This helps keep the focus away from the hustle and bustle of your floor and into cleaner walls. If the artwork or tapestry is simple enough in design, it can act almost like a window and expand the visual space.

5. Glass table and transparent décor

Use glass or clear acrylic table instead of solid wood pieces. The transparent aspect of these materials allows them to blend seamlessly with your room. This is a very simple way to inject an open space and air. As an advantage, molded acrylic is a very durable material that allows it to act even as an extra bench or chair when needed.

6. Rug should blend with the floor (or omit entirely)

Do not put too much texture, color, and pattern as it may look messy in a small room. As much as I love the art of oriental rugs, it is best to use them in larger living rooms. So if possible, use a rug that is the same color as your floorboard.

Finally, completely ignore an area rug. If you have a stylish board or tile, you can remove the carpet and leave your floor empty. This can greatly expand the visual area of your space, especially when used with a clear coffee table as mentioned earlier. Remember, the key to decorating small spaces is minimalism if possible!

Summary / Recap

You can make the most of your small apartment by creating the illusion of space with these small apartment decorating ideas. Keep small spaces as simple as possible, but do not limit yourself to the minimalist style, because you can always experiment to show your personality in your small apartment! Keep in mind that a light color palette can help make your small space look bigger. You can paint your walls white or white and then add color to them.

The combination of different elements will enhance the look of your small space, so be sure to combine the color of the bulky furniture with the walls and the rug with the floor. Decorating small spaces will be a lot of fun if you include a part of yourself in this work. So use tall bookshelves and wall shelves because apart from maximizing the walls, you can display your collections and things here. But make sure you have an organizing system so that your small apartment does not get cramped.

Do not be afraid to play with light and reflections for an open and pleasant space, so use a large wall or floor mirror, glass tables, and transparent decors and illuminate your space well. Using taller and wider curtains in your small windows, let in natural light and expand the wall space and ceiling height.

When it comes to using your furniture, use a low-profile sofa or some multi-purpose furniture and place those storage boxes under large furniture.

Decorating small spaces is not complicated. If you know how to play with what you have, you do not have to overdo it. Just use this article as a guide for small apartment decorating ideas and you will surely enjoy the decoration!