What is it about the phrase “small space” that tends to strike fear and anxiety in the hearts of many? Sure, small space decorating offers its own challenges. However, there is something really refreshing about not wasting space. Having a limited area helps you stay focused on only the things you need and love most, as well as pushes you to be more creative with how you decorate and use it.
Today, I have 10 ideas that will help you make the most of a room that is limited on square footage. Through the use of color, the right accessories, proper furniture placement and a few other decorating tricks, you can turn your small space into a fabulous one. These tips will help those space-challenged rooms feel and live larger without knocking down any walls.
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Small Space Decorating Ideas
1 Small spaces need only one focal point. If your space already has a built-in focal point, like a fireplace, you don’t want another one competing for attention. If you have a large-scale piece of furniture that provides necessary storage but is competition as a focal point, there is a way around it. Paint the furniture piece the same color as the wall and it will almost disappear, no longer commanding any attention.
2 Use a cohesive color scheme. To unify the rooms in a small house or apartment, choose a main color and use it in some way in each room. It could be the dominant color in one room, a secondary color in another, an accent color in another room, and so on.
3 Choose furniture you can see through or that doesn’t weigh the space down. A glass or Lucite dining table or coffee table would help to visually expand a small dining area or living room and keep it from feeling cramped.
4 Take advantage of unused corner spaces. These often overlooked areas are a great spot to tuck in a chair to create a cozy reading nook. Or place a corner cabinet there for books, display, or extra storage.
5 Paint an Accent Wall. Dark colors make a wall recede giving the illusion of more depth in a room. Paint one wall a contrasting color then carry that color into the room through accessories and fabrics.
6 Hang a large mirror. Mirrors are a great way to visually expand a small space and add light. Just make sure that whatever the mirror is reflecting is something that you want to see. Try it in different areas in a room before you decide on the final spot.
7 Give the illusion of higher ceilings. If your small space also has low ceilings, give it a sense of height by creating vertical lines on the walls with wallpaper or paint. Another way to add vertical lines is by hanging curtains as high as possible and taking them to the floor.
8 Create a desk in a niche. It is possible to carve out a work area in a small space. Utilize a nook or niche to add a shelf to use as a desk. You could even use a small closet. With the closet, you could opt to keep the doors on. That way you can close them and things stay out of sight when you’re not working. All you need are two walls that can support a shelf, and you can create yourself a nice little desk area.
9 Choose furniture that is multi-functional. A daybed can function as a sofa during the day and a bed at night. This is an excellent solution if you live in a studio apartment or don’t have the space for a guest room. A couple of other ideas for double duty furniture are a dresser that works as a nightstand or a storage ottoman that provides additional seating as well as a great place to hide linens, clothes, toys, or whatever else you need to store.
10 Keep your kitchen storage open. Heavy upper cabinets can sometimes make a small kitchen seem even smaller. By using open shelving, the eye is tricked into believing the space is larger. You don’t have to remove your upper cabinets to accomplish this look. Just remove the cabinet doors and fill in the holes where the hardware was. Or you could turn your solid doors into glass insert doors. I found three great tutorials here, here, and here. For a colorful pop, paint out the back panel of the cabinets in one of your accent colors or add some wallpaper.
Larger doesn’t mean better. Sometimes, large rooms can actually feel overwhelming and lack coziness. Small space decorating keeps you focused on what’s important. They’re cozy, intimate and are very inviting when decorated properly. So, embrace your small space!
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