Decorating small spaces can feel like real-life Jenga. You try to fit in as much as possible, but everything still feels cluttered. We’re here to assure you that you can have a small space that is stylish, conventional, and shows off your personality. Beware – this is not an article for the modern minimalist!
So, to help you get started, we’ve put together a little guide for decorating small spaces that we hope will make the process more manageable.
Let the Light In
Not only does light open up a room and make it appear bigger, but it creates warmth and makes your space feel homier. You can bring more light to your small space by opening windows or using lamps, string lights, pendants, or wall sconces. You can also consider hanging mirrors, which reflect light and give the illusion that you have more space than you actually do.
Clear the Floor
In small spaces, floors inevitably become the victims of clutter. Investing in floating shelves, plant stands, wall hooks, and small side tables keeps things tidy.
Stick to the Perimeters
Just because you’re working with a small space doesn’t mean you have to ditch your overstuffed sofa or those gorgeous matching antique chairs – you just have to get a little creative with the placement. For example, keeping big pieces like hutches, bookshelves, and sofas against the wall (as opposed to in the center of a room) creates depth, making a room appear more spacious.
Multipurpose Is Your New Best Friend
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Thanks to the tiny house trend, a lot of furniture nowadays does double duty, often providing extra storage and serving multiple purposes. And the best part? Because these pieces are designed for small spaces, they’re usually light, simple to put together, and easy to maneuver.
Having a small space doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate bold prints or bright colors. Show off your style and personality by creating a gallery wall of your favorite art, investing in a funky area rug that goes from wall to wall, or adding accent furniture.
Show Off Your Green Thumb
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Green plants or colorful flowers in your space can brighten things up and breathe life into a room. However, keep in mind dead plants have the opposite effect. No worries if you don’t have the greenest thumb around, fake plants will have the same effect, and they don’t require any extra attention.
Nooks and Crannies
Nooks and crannies are often severely underutilized, but they don’t have to be. You can pack a lot of functionality into the smallest of spaces. If you have a nook or corner that you aren’t sure what to do with, consider corner shelving, a mini bar cart, or a unique bookshelf for a little more storage.
Do you have any tips for decorating small spaces? Share them with us in the comments below!