NYC Apartment Tips

NYC Apartment Tips

Get effortless New York style for your home with top tips from the city’s best interior experts and designers. Timeless and chic the New York City apartment look is coveted by those the world over, and now it couldn’t be easier for you to recreate in your own home with our collection of tweetable advice…

Robin Baron, Interior Designer
“Mirrors easily add light and make a space look larger. They also add a major glam factor to your room” Tweet This Tip

Jennifer Flanders, Interior Designer 
“NYC windows often have views of brick walls. A double-layered sheer roman shade conceals the view, allows light in and adds softness” Tweet This Tip

Darrin Varden, Interior Designer
“This simple paint trick brightens any space: use semi-gloss on window surrounds to add extra glow” Tweet This Tip

Yelena Gerts, Interior Designer
“Divide the room into zones, creating boundaries with area rugs and furniture” Tweet This Tip

Toni Sabatino, Interior Designer
“Use a few big pieces, not a lot of little pieces to make the place feel bigger” Tweet This Tip

Jennifer and Georgie Interior Designers at J&G Design 
“Work with what you have. There’s always somewhere else where a piece might look better” Tweet This Tip

Dan Riscili, Environment Designer
“Understand how selected furnishings relate to accessories, including the introduction of colour and wall treatments is key” Tweet This Tip

Elizabeth Holmes, Interior Designer
“Wallpaper is your friend. And once you realise this it’s easy to create stunning accent walls” Tweet This Tip

Oleksii Klymenko, Interior Designer 
“Choose a right apartment, of a right size, with a right amount of rooms and most importantly hire a right interior design company” Tweet This Tip

Jared Sherman Epps, Interior Designer 
“Take a step back, literally. Each view/vignette of your city apartment should have a mix of design elements to create interest, life and a resting place for your eyes” Tweet This Tip

Lucy Harris, Interior Designer
“Accessories and objects can create visual interest and tell your story” Tweet This Tip

Joe Human, Interior Designer 
“Don’t be afraid to mix and match elements and materials, but keep it classy” Tweet This Tip

Drew McGukin, Interior Designer 
“Storage is paramount at every level in a well-designed NYC apartment” Tweet This Tip

Michael Cox and Mary Foley, Interior Designers at Foley and Cox 
“Use one beautiful paint colour in three finishes, this visually expands the space” Tweet This Tip

Allison Lind, Interior Designer
“Dress your space the way you’d dress yourself; small space doesn’t have to mean small personality” Tweet This Tip

Jennifer Flanders, Interior Designer
“There’s never enough storage in NYC apts. Built-ins work in all rooms and look great when painted in something other than white for interest” Tweet This Tip

Jamie Herzlinger, Interior Designer 
“Space is tight in New York, de-clutter your apartment to try and create an open feel” Tweet This Tip

Joe Human, Interior Designer
“Don’t over design for the small NYC apartment space, keep an eye for scale” Tweet This Tip

Yelena Gerts, Interior Designer
“Hang drapes at the ceiling and the beyond the window frame to make the ceiling appear taller” Tweet This Tip

Claire Paquin, Interior Designer 
“Mirrors make a room look bigger by bouncing light around the space” Tweet This Tip

Julie Holzman, Interior Designer
“Before you begin designing your home, make sure you have a very clear idea on what you want the space to reflect and feel like” Tweet This Tip

Lucy Harris, Interior Designer
“Mix items found while traveling and pieces that have personal meaning with elements that have unusual lines and textures in a few key places” Tweet This Tip

Bradley Stephens, Interior Designer
“You can never have too many books, or too much artwork. They bring instant warmth and character to a home” Tweet This Tip

Elizabeth Holmes, Interior Designer
“Go big or go home. Use large scale artwork to dress up walls, make an impactful statement and create a great conversation piece” Tweet This Tip

Toni Sabatino, Interior Designer
“Take colour cues from your closet. You should “wear” your apartment well” Tweet This Tip

Ellee Nolan Asaro, Interior Designer 
“To give a room a grander affect install your draperies higher and wider than the window” Tweet This Tip

Robin Baron, Interior Designer
“Light all four corners of a room to make it feel happier. Choose interesting lamps for a personal touch and drama” Tweet This Tip

Jamie Herzlinger, Interior Designer
“Use furniture and rugs to help define spaces in an open floor plan” Tweet This Tip

Francine Gardener, Interior Designer
“In New York, light and a view are the ultimate luxury. Do make sure that you place your furniture near a source of light” Tweet This Tip

Bradley Stephens, Interior Designer
“Of the skills in a designer’s toolbox, none is as vital, or purely magical, as really good lighting” Tweet This Tip

Ellee Nolan Asaro, Interior Designer
“Apartment living you want to utilise all aspects for creating space and make your rooms appear larger” Tweet This Tip

Allison Lind, Interior Designer
“Ensure you have lighting on all levels – well-distributed lighting makes a space feel larger” Tweet This Tip

Claire Paquin, Interior Designer
“Multi-functional furniture — try to make all your furniture do double duty” Tweet This Tip

Yelena Gerts, Interior Designer
“Clear furniture like acrylic chairs or a glass top dining/ coffee table make the room appear bigger and less crowded” Tweet This Tip

Drew McGukin, Interior Designer
“Size your furnishings proportionately and you’ll be amazed at how much space you can create” Tweet This Tip

Robin Baron, Interior Designer
“On-trend metallic accents make a space feel luxurious. Use them throughout a room to create your own sense of fabulous” Tweet This Tip

Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo, Interior Designer
“When space is at a minimum, an oversized upholstered piece (like a sofa or dining banquette) can actually make a space feel much larger” Tweet This Tip

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Emily has been writing about interiors for over three years. She loves finding the story behind a brand and discovering how a design is made. A travel enthusiast, she also has a weakness for luxury home fragrance and cosy knits.