3 Design Lessons From New York’s First Micro Apartments

3 design lessons from New York's first micro apartments

Photography by Mekko Harjo | Stage 3 Properties

 

New York City is experimenting with allowing apartments to be built smaller than 400 square feet. We’ve been told the first of these micro-apartments to be completed, are named Ollie at Carmel Place by Stage 3 Properties. Here are three design lessons for small spaces that we noticed they used.

 

1. Use a lot of white

When you have a small space, using white on walls and cabinetry, allows the space to appear larger, and enables the light from the only window to reflect throughout the apartment.

3 design lessons from New York's first micro apartments

Photography by Mekko Harjo | Stage 3 Properties

2. Make sure your furniture does double duty

When you have a small space, it’s important to think about the functionality of every piece of furniture you buy. Can a desk become a dining table? Can a sofa become a bed?

3 design lessons from New York's first micro apartments

Photography by Mekko Harjo | Stage 3 Properties

3 design lessons from New York's first micro apartments

Photography by Mekko Harjo | Stage 3 Properties

3. Built-in storage is very important

Storage is a huge problem when you have a small space, so you have to utilize as much vertical space as you can. Tall cabinets were added in the living space, and here in the kitchen, there are plenty of cabinets.

3 design lessons from New York's first micro apartments

Photography by Mekko Harjo | Stage 3 Properties

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