Small Space Decorating Tips

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You may still show off your style even if you don’t have a large property. Decorating a tiny area, like decorating a large one, just necessitates design ingenuity and a keen sense of what works and what doesn’t. While the focus will certainly be different when working with less space, the essential design principles will remain the same.

We promise that living in a small place doesn’t have to be difficult! So, whether you’re trying to figure out how to give your new studio apartment a personal touch or need some help making the most of limited space in a larger home, utilize the 14 decorating tips below to make your home sparkle.

Allow light to shine.

With the appropriate lighting, a tiny space can feel much larger. Use additional lighting around your room to bring in some additional warmth, in addition to letting natural light stream in through the windows (avoid the blackout shades!). If you don’t have enough space for floor and table lamps, choose for lighting that takes up less space, such as string lights, wall sconces, or pendant lighting.

Larger things should be kept on the room’s border.

When decorating a tiny area, there’s no reason you have to get rid of large furniture pieces, but you do need to be selective about where you put them. Keep larger things, such as hutches, couches, and bookcases, against the wall rather than in the middle of the floor to create a sense of depth in a room.

Look for furniture that can be used for multiple purposes and/or that can be folded.

Furniture that can serve multiple purposes saves both space and money. And, thanks to the tiny house/tiny apartment craze, there are plenty of creative furniture items that can be used for many purposes or fold up to save space in your home when not in use. Desks, dining tables, and even king-sized mattresses are available in models that can be quickly folded away to make additional space. Similarly, furniture that serves many purposes, such as beds that convert to couches and side tables that convert to desks, is available.

Use mirrors to your advantage.

Mirrors, which serve a dual purpose by reflecting both natural and non-natural lighting and creating the idea of extra square footage, offer both additional light and the sensation of additional space to rooms. They’re also useful by themselves. Use one giant mirror or a few smaller ones to create a focal point in a room. You can even make a mirror gallery wall, similar to how you would with art.

Get rid of unnecessary items.

One of the major advantages of living in a smaller place is that it compels you to drastically reduce the amount of items you own. As a result, you get rid of the items in your life that don’t actually serve a purpose, whether they’re unrealistic, pointless, or just don’t offer you joy. If you’re having trouble getting rid of things, there are tools available to help you learn how. Decorating a tiny room takes some inventory taking; else, you risk cluttering the space.

Keep clutter to a minimum.

When it comes to designing a well-designed little area, less is more. When you don’t have a lot of space to deal with, you should keep the amount of goods you own to a bare minimum. But reducing clutter to a minimum goes much further. Make sure to provide lots of open space in your compact house for both mobility and function. This rule applies to all visible areas, including the floor, countertops, and the amount of space between furniture pieces.

Use your imagination when it comes to storage.

There are a plethora of wonderful storage solutions that also double as decorative pieces. Choose furniture with additional storage, such as ottomans that can be used to store linens and under-bed storage that appears like sophisticated cabinets. Rather than stuffing everything into a closet, try to find other ways to keep your belongings.

Take a chance.

Bold colors, prints, and textures work well in small rooms, but make sure to balance them off with neutrals to avoid overwhelming the space. If you’re afraid about going too strong, try using colors and designs in smaller doses, such as on an accent wall, throw cushions, or even just picture frames. Alternatively, go all out and hang some bright and colorful wallpaper, or finally purchase that blue velvet couch you’ve always wanted. There’s no reason you can’t add a splash of daring color or pattern to the room as long as it’s balanced.

Make use of huge carpets.

When it comes to decorating a small room, it’s all about deceiving the eye into believing there’s more space than there is. You see—and think—tiny when you utilize small rugs in a small room. Large rugs, on the other hand, create the impression of grandeur and a greater space. The shape of a room and the furniture in it will ultimately determine the optimum size rug to buy, but always go as big as you can.

Use vertical space to your advantage.

Don’t forget about your walls. Making the most of vertical space entails experimenting with taller items and affixing items like shelving and paintings to your walls, which lend vertical dimension to the space you’ve worked to create on the floor. If you have a favorite piece that you can’t seem to find a home for—say, a beloved vase—hang a safe shelf and set it there instead. Install the drapery rod only approximately 2 inches below the ceiling or crown molding when hanging drapes to provide the illusion of greater height.

Plants and flowers can provide a splash of color to any room.

As long as you don’t overcrowd a little space, adding greenery and flowers can give it a new lease on life and design. Keep in mind, however, that plants that are dead or withering will have the opposite impact. If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to keep up with the duty of keeping your plants and flowers (or if you just don’t have a green thumb), there are plenty of options for fake plants and flowers that appear real. And don’t worry: Joanna Gaines, the style maven and Fixer Upper star, has given fake plants her seal of approval, so they’re no longer a design no-no.

Experiment with symmetry.

Faces, nature, and our homes are all inherently drawn to symmetry. If you absolutely must have a lot of seating in your small living room or you simply can’t live without some more storage cabinets, make them function by having the components in the room mirror each other. It will make the room appear cleaner and more appealing to the eye.

Make use of nooks and crannies.

In a small room, a nook that would otherwise be left empty in a bigger space might be used for additional utility, such as a workstation or a bar table. Instead of chalking up under-utilized nooks and corners to lost space, try to think of inventive methods to make use of them if it won’t clutter the room too much.

Divide and conquer is an effective strategy.

You may create different zones without cramping up your living area by utilizing sheer curtains, rice paper room dividers, or open shelves to divide up your small space without making it feel too cramped. All of these alternatives enable light to stream through, which is essential for making your area feel as light and airy as possible. These types of separators also serve as striking design features in and of themselves, adding extra flair to your home.

When it comes to designing a tiny area, trust your instincts and avoid bringing in anything that doesn’t feel or look appropriate. Ultimately, the idea is to make the most of the space you do have, maximizing its potential and showcasing it to its full potential. While there are no hard and fast design rules, the suggestions above should assist you in doing so.

Minnie Bishop
A 29-year-old scientific researcher who enjoys listening to music, sailing and vandalizing bus stops. She is brave and generous, but can also be very lazy and a bit selfish.

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