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Interior designers are well familiar with the paradox where space constraints actually enhance creativity by requiring an approach that breaks a problem down to its most basic parts. These 6 apartments make 30 square meters look comfortable rather than limited - every piece of furniture makes a big visual impact but leaves plenty of legroom, and each accessory serves a purpose rather than simply filling a void. Browse through these inspiring small apartments and their super-compact floor plans for a nice variety of organization techniques to try at home.

Yelena Potemkin designed this studio apartment to fit the client’s requirements of a sleek and functional interior on a modest budget, with the intention of creating a home anyone would love to rent. At just 29 square meters (not counting the balcony) this small studio makes the most of simple furniture to maintain a sense of spaciousness. The neutral palettes and smart storage solutions leave plenty of room for a tenant to explore different decor themes.

Black and chrome pair perfectly with the concrete ceiling. The industrial influence is easy to appreciate but an occupant with different tastes would have no trouble adapting it.
Pale green accents are fresh and cute, a nice contrast to the strong industrial materials.
A simple interior doesn’t have to lack decorative flair. This soft watercolor painting both complements and opposes the scored concrete wall behind it.
The kitchen is distinguished by a matte black volume, concealing the bathroom inside.
Overall, the layout is tidy and efficient.
Geometric pendant lights in the foreground provide illumination over the dining table without obscuring the view from anywhere in the apartment.
Near the door, kitchen storage transitions seamlessly into entryway seating on the far left.

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A textural black stone wall makes up the main portion of the bathroom, and wood cladding defines the other.
Catherine Remizov designed this apartment with a surprisingly classic and luxurious vibe despite its restrictive 20 square meter floor plan – and the result is bursting with personality! It contains all the necessities, some of which are hidden away with clever tricks to save visual real estate. Every inch of this apartment reflects a strong and adventurous personality, and seems to utilize each available surface for the purpose of expression. Keep reading to see the room visualized in several subtly different styles.
This interior certainly doesn’t back down from bold accessories like zebra print, silky pillows in orchid pink, and shapely accessories on the shelf behind the sofa. Diagonal wood floors offer another irreplaceable source of personality.
Mirrors and glossy surfaces maximize the amount of light this apartment gets from its single large window.
The kitchen is especially polished. High-gloss cabinetry in white reflects a tremendous amount of light back toward the living room, while exotic wood panels with rich grain make it feel unique and welcoming.
A small office occupies an open spot near the entertainment console.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the other bedroom configurations the designer visualized to see how flexible this interior really is. This one features sleek wooden paneling behind the sofa-bed, the same pattern used in the kitchen. Shelving surrounds the sofa on all sides.
For comparison, here is the original sofa area featured in the first visualization.
Here’s a visualization of the same space with a rounded retro-style mirror. This is also a good view of the bed fully extended – a smart design for such a small space.
And another view of the original decor, this time visualized at night.
This time the headboard is decorated with framed architectural sketches. Note the cute child’s bed in front of the window with drawers beneath.
Indirect lighting beneath the open shelf is a nice touch.
The Murphy bed is pulled down to reveal three rows of architectural sketches. The shelf visible in the previous visualization likely swings down to become the end legs of the bed.
Here’s an overhead view of the compact yet exciting apartment.
And here’s the same view, where mauve pillows replace the white ones.
The bathroom makes great use of its limited space with a corner shower.
This home by Stanislav Aynulov takes a clever approach to space management by integrating dual-purpose furniture and storage wherever possible. Its 28 square meter interior looks simple and spacious – brightened by a colorful geometric rug and gem-toned pendant lamps.
The raised sofa/bed platform offers plenty of room for storage beneath, and modern artwork unifies the rainbow color theme.
Pendant lamp wires are routed carefully along the ceiling. This contributes to a cool industrial flavor, enhanced by the iron cantilever wall lamps and the painted brick walls in the background.
Check out that mirror! Its playful angles echo those of the corner shower.

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