Have A Small Home Or Apartment? Here’s How To Design Your Space Like A Pro
Decorating small spaces is very frustrating if you don’t know how to do it. You move into a new place and want to fill it with your own special touch. The rooms are small and you want them to reflect your personality without looking chaotic and cluttered. Once you earn how to decorate small spaces, you will be able to maximize your each room in your home.
Whether you are starting out in a small apartment, or have adopted a minimalist lifestyle, it is possible to add value to each square foot, regardless of the size of your place.
Today, I want to share with you some quick fixes so you can avoid learning the hard way.
These ideas for decorating small spaces will leave you knowing you don’t need less stuff or more room.
Look at your limited living space as a creative design challenge.
7 Simple Tricks To Help Decorate Small Spaces
1. Never Underestimate Natural Light
Natural light can do wonders for decorating small spaces. You can maximize yours by placing mirrors on opposite walls from your windows. This helps to reflect and spread the light. Sheer privacy curtains or blinds will filter sunlight rather than block it. Mirrors help double the visual space in a small home.
2. Make Your Space Effective
“I have way too many shelves and closets!” Said no one ever. That’s why it’s important to how best to use the spaces you already have. Learn how to declutter by getting rid of things you no longer use or need.
Floor-to-ceiling shelving is great for decorating small spaces. Use space above window frames, and buy sofas or beds with storage space underneath.
An ottoman serves as extra seating or a footrest. If you have one with under-lid storage, you can store blankets there.
3. Don’t Interrupt Visual Flow
A little goes a long way here and you can improve the flow of your room with just a few small changes. Continuity of colour tones provides a visual flow, allowing the brain to perceive a space to be bigger. A good visual flow gives you a sense of balance and stability in a room.
Mind and eyes won’t wander and try to figure out where to look. Move things out of the way to avoid having to walk around furniture to move through the room.
Start with creating one focal point area in your space. Let’s take the living room as an example. The focal point is where people’s eyes first land upon entering the living room. Often times it is a fireplace or a window. Your focal point can also be an accent wall or large piece of artwork.
4. Ditch The Over-Sized Sofa
A large sofa is great. Lots of room to lay down, relax, feel comfortable and watch a movie. Super cosy! When you decorate small spaces, you may have to ditch your sofa. It will take over and make the room feel smaller.
Try sectionals, small settees, love seats and chairs that can work for your space.
If lounging is a favourite past time on weekends, your small living room space doesn’t have to cramp your style.
5. Clear The Floors – Raise The Ceilings
We all know your floors will never be free from stuff if you have kids. It is important to have lots of storage space around your home to keep items out of sight. Try your best to keep the ground clear of obstacles.
You should also resist the urge to push all of your furniture against the walls. Create space behind furniture to make the room look wider than it is.
Remember how it is said to wear pinstripes to look slimmer and taller? Vertical lines in your rooms will make your ceilings look higher than they are. Hang your artwork up to accentuate the height of the room. Curtains hung well above a window also adds height to a small room.
6. Choose the Right Rug To Decorate Small Spaces
Rugs are great for decorating small spaces. A rug should enhance and complement your room. Did you know that small rugs will shrink your space and larger rugs will make your space look bigger?
They help divide sections of rooms too. is the one item you definitely don’t want to skimp on, size-wise. A tiny rug will make the room feel equally small. Pick a floor covering that’s large enough so most of the furniture will sit on it, or go wall-to-wall.
Light coloured area rugs reflect light and help keep the room from appearing too busy or cluttered.
7. Add Plants To Your Rooms (Even Bathrooms)
Plants are a wonderful way to add depth when decorating small spaces. They are wonderful for softening corners. We have plants all over our home. Place plants in corners and beside or behind chairs and sofas.
There are many plants that will last for years in your home. Check out these plants that don’t need lots of light.
Things To Remember – Let Pieces Breathe
There are many methods for you to use when decorating small spaces. Use the tips above to maximize your rooms. Instead of bookshelves and corner desks, try floating shelves, chairs, and hanging plants!
Always think up, not out. You may need move stuff around to get things just the way you like them, but you are up for the challenge right?
Have you had success in decorating small spaces? I would love to learn from you too, Share with me in the comments section below.