Beginner Tips for Decorating in Small Spaces

by Louis Shotten May 27, 2015

Living in a small home or apartment doesn’t mean that you can’t decorate well. With a little bit of clever thinking, some innovative furniture choices, and effective room planning your small space can go from cramped to cozy in no time at all.

Think Up, Not Out

Instead of cluttering up your limited floor space with extra bookshelves, cabinets and other bulky storage furniture think about how you can use your wall space to store your extra belongings. The smaller the space the more storage you want to keep on your walls and off your floor. Invest in fun wall hooks and get creative with your wall shelving to keep jewelry, pantry items, books, office supplies and other home essentials in easy reach.

Make A Statement

Fight the temptation to fill your space with lots of design items that coordinate. Instead find a single statement piece or pair of statement pieces that creates a focal point where you want it in your space. It could be an antique couch, an unusual lighting fixture, a striking painting or other distinctive furniture or decorative pieces.

Discover the Art of the Everyday

Small spaces make for Spartan living, but living simple doesn’t mean you can’t create a space that is aesthetically pleasing. Consider displaying your everyday items in an unconventional way. Stack folded towels on a silver platter next to a brightly tiled bowl with colorful soaps, display your table ceramics next to apothecary jars filled with brightly colored candies, anything to elevate your normal belongings from the everyday to art.

Lighten Up!

This may be one of the more well-known small space design tips but it important so it bears repeating. Avoid dark colors in small spaces. Not only will it make your space seem darker (which may be a problem if you have limited light in a small space already) it will also make your room appear much smaller. Instead be sure to use a lighter shade of that color in order to keep the room feeling open and spacious.




Louis Shotten
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