Living in the heart of the CBD can certainly come with a bit of compromise: namely in regards to space. Sure, you’ve got some of the city’s most impressive gems at your doorstep, but your humble abode is likely to be on the smaller size compared to those sprawling family homes you find in outer suburbs and regional areas.

So, how can you spruce up your space when the time comes to sell and move on? With a highly competitive market and soaring real estate, professional property styling in Sydney and other cities around Australia is becoming more and more prevalent.

While you could leave it all up to the experts, there are a few savvy tricks you can try yourself to make your dwelling as appealing as possible.

    1. Swingarm lamps are your friend 

Where floor lamps and table lamps take up square footage, swingarm lamps project from your walls, making them a perfect lighting solution that creates warmth and homeliness without causing a tripping hazard. They’re also relatively simple to install yourself, making them a win-win solution.

  1. Maximise space with sliding or folding doors

Traditional doors can make small spaces even more awkward to navigate. Instead, try alternative designs such as bifold doors for ensuites, kitchen cupboards or wardrobes; concertina doors to divide rooms; sliding doors between your kitchen and dining area; or barn doors for the bedroom.

  1. Add wall-mounted shelves for stylish storage solutions

Saving on precious floor space is key in small spaces, hence floor-to-ceiling wall shelves are a brilliant way to create a home for bits and bobs. With a few lovely-looking boxes, jars, cannisters and other containers, wall-mounted shelves are the perfect balance of storage meets style.

  1. Don’t be afraid of colour

It’s super common to fall into the trap of thinking white equals bright and open spaces. While this philosophy certainly holds an element of truth, it’s not the be-all and end-all. Pops of colour here and there can make a space more inviting, helping new buyers better visualise themselves living there. Create a gallery wall of prints, add some colourful cushions to your couch, or – if you’re daring – paint a statement wall in a neutral shade, such as grey.

  1. Make mirrors a feature

We’re not talking about simply throwing up a framed mirror on a blank wall (although this can certainly still help); rather, mirrored surfaces themselves can help bounce light and create an optical illusion of depth. Something like a mirrored wall with a unique pattern can lend itself greatly to opening up a cramped space.

  1. Go for smart design features

When you don’t have the space, you have to think outside the box. Thankfully, there are plenty of clever interior design pieces out there that can replace traditional furniture and electronics. Add floating tabletops in the bedroom as an alternative to bedside tables, install a swivel TV that can be used in both the living room and the bedroom, or build a loft bed over a desk space for dual functionality.