Design ideas for small spaces: five Instagram accounts to follow for stylish, creative ways to maximise small interiors

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Africa knows how to maximise the space in her London home, and her bathroom is one of the best on the ‘gram (@thevitamindproject)
Africa knows how to maximise the space in her London home, and her bathroom is one of the best on the ‘gram (@thevitamindproject)

With Instagram being such a highlights reel, it’s easy to feel a) like everyone else is living in a palatial palace except you and therefore b) uninspired when it comes to styling your own space, especially if it’s on the smaller side.

Are all-white walls the only way forward? How much furniture is too much? And how best to navigate decorating a small rented property?

Don’t worry, these five ‘grammers have got you.

What they lack in square footage, they certainly make up for in style.

Give them a follow for all the small space interior inspo.

@thevitamindproject

Three kids in a two-bedroom maisonette? It’s safe to say Africa knows a space-saving hack or two, maxing out every inch of her North London rental.

Check out her amazing bunk bed hack and that beautiful boutique bathroom? It’s one of the best on the ‘gram.

@casa_de_modelei

Not allowed to paint the walls? Turn to cushions and cacti for colour instead (@casademodelai)
Not allowed to paint the walls? Turn to cushions and cacti for colour instead (@casademodelai)

If your petite place is a rental, adhering to strict tenancy agreements can feel like a double design blow – but it doesn’t have to be.

Head over to Leila and Fleur’s feed and they’ll show you how to make the most, albeit in a temporary way. Clue: lots of plants and vibrant colour pops.

@charminglifebyjess

Clean simple décor choices such as tiling and pastel colours help to make this galley kitchen feel spacious (@charminglifebyjess)
Clean simple décor choices such as tiling and pastel colours help to make this galley kitchen feel spacious (@charminglifebyjess)

This tiny terrace is total eye candy – but as an interiors stylist, Jess ‘walks the talk’, starting with her own space.

Her whole home is a masterclass in working with whatever square-footage you’ve got, and truly owning it.

We love all the pretty pastel-hued rooms, but special mention goes to her small-yet-perfectly-formed kitchen.

@hannah_drakeford_design

Hannah’s signature style adds depth by juxtaposing splashes of primary colour against dark walls (@hannah_drakeford_design)
Hannah’s signature style adds depth by juxtaposing splashes of primary colour against dark walls (@hannah_drakeford_design)

Who says dark walls make a room feel smaller?

Not interior designer Hannah, who hand-paints the bold murals (from monochromatic stripes through to geometric shapes) in her South London flat.

The result? Added depth and a whole lot of drama.

@thatssogemma

Gemma had the bold blue shelves with playful curves custom-made for her home (@thatssogemma)
Gemma had the bold blue shelves with playful curves custom-made for her home (@thatssogemma)

Stylist Gemma isn’t afraid of using bright colour in her two-bedroom Victorian terrace – in fact, she positively embraces it, creating clever focal points in each room.

We love these bespoke bookshelves, but you’ve also got to peep her compact-yet-amazing kitchen.

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