Let’s face it, most of our favorite TV characters are blessed with their lofty apartments and sprawling NYC spaces. With New York City’s rents on the rise and wages staying set, finding that perfect one bedroom, rent-controlled Greenwich Village apartment on a average salary is probably not going to happen. So unless you have that TV paycheck coming in, most of us are facing a similar problem with our humble abodes. “Where do I put everything?”

In Manhattan, where a lot of money affords you a little space, we need to be more savvy in the stylings of our cozy coops. With this in mind, we’ve teamed up with TripleMint to bring you these 5 tricks to gain the most space for a modest living:

Double up

When size is the issue, finding proper storage without taking up too much space is necessary. Look for dual-purpose furniture when selecting your larger pieces. A lift-up bed is a new and innovative way to store the non-essentials and to make room for you to enjoy your space.

Maximize space in a small NYC apartment - lift up murphy bed

Mirror, Mirror

Adding mirrors to a small room is a great way to add square footage without doing any construction. Placing a large mirror in your room beside a window will help create the illusion of more space by allowing the wall to melt away and create a larger area. It also reflect the light throughout the room to brighten up the space.

Maximize space in a small NYC apartment - large mirror

Be Transparent

Furniture is already so bulky, both spatially and visually. Take away some of that visual bulk with glass or lucite furniture. The clear surfaces don’t draw attention to the eye when walking into a room. It helps keep the room clean, airy, and bright. From chairs to tables, lucite furniture is the perfect mix of modern style and function.

Maximize space in a small NYC apartment - transparent furniture - ghost chair

Raise the Roof

You will find that a classic New York City apartment has 8 or 9 foot ceilings. Both low and flat ceiling can make a home feel cramped and uniform. A great way to add height without raising the roof is to add a coat of paint or print to your ceiling. Drawing attention to the roof visually stretches the room. Opt for a semi gloss off-white or light color to add an endless appeal to your rooms height.

Maximize space in a small NYC apartment - paint ceiling

Light it up

Another trick that will help your “cozy” apartment feel larger is to opt for light-colored paint and decor choices. The colors around you affect you deeply. Dark colors absorb light and create a cavernous feeling. Stick to light or muted tones to help reflect light, and keep the space open and vibrant.

Maximize space in a small NYC apartment - white decor

This post is contributed from our friends at TripleMint. TripleMint is a full-service real-estate brokerage that combines technology, teamwork and personalized service. Its advanced, easy-to-use platform pools listings and updates continuously, allowing its users to see everything NYC brokers see. Maybe more.

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