Decorating a small area, whether it be a room or a house, can be a bit of a challenge. If you have too much it will feel cluttered, and not enough will be boring. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your small space.
One way to make a space feel bigger is to let in more light. One way to do this is to use colors to your advantage. Light colors are more reflective, which makes rooms feel more open and airy, while dark colors absorb light, making spaces feel small and closed. Use this illusion to your advantage, and keep your furniture, décor, and walls in a light color scheme, with just a couple–small–contrast items. Another trick is to keep your ceilings and crown molding the same color, and lighter than the wall color. This opens up the top, and makes the room feel taller and wider.
Another way to let in more light is using lights and windows to their full potential. Use lighting fixtures with covers with the least amount of obstruction to the light coming from the bulb, and use the rightest bulbs you can for the fixture you have. Use drapes and blinds that are a light material, which let in the most sunlight as possible. The brighter a room is, the bigger it seems.
The third way to lighten up is to combine like objects and reduce clutter. Do you really need 5 almost identical vases, 17 t-shirts you got free, or 20 mugs from 20 different businesses? Pick one or two of your favorites to keep, then donate the rest. Get rid of old, unusable items, or items you never use anymore. Less clutter will mean a space that feels more open and inviting.
The less floor space there is, the smaller the space feels. You want to use your space vertically to draw the eye up and make the space feel more expansive than it actually is. Get things off the floor by using shelves and hooks for the wall and ceiling.
When choosing furniture, think tall and thin rather than short and squat. This will also help draw the eye upwards and create the illusion of space. Just don’t make it too tall; furniture that comes close to the ceiling can make the room seem shorter than it really is, so leave a gap between them.
Vertical space is often underused and wasted, and putting it to good use for storage, display, and art, is a great way to put small spaces to good use.
Put function first in your rooms and furniture. If you do not eat in the kitchen, then get rid of the kitchen table that is taking up space. If you do not use the closet, turn it into an office or reading nook. Make the room work for you.
Furniture with more than one purpose can save–and create–space. Room dividers that are also open bookcases, an end table with drawers, sofa beds, drawers under couches and beds, or footstools with storage space inside.
Placement is also key in creating the illusion of space. The longest straight line in any room is the diagonal, so placing your furniture at an angle will help the eye see the longest distance, making the room seem larger.
When choosing furniture, don’t just go for whatever is smallest. It could be that an L shaped couch will fit better than a few small chairs. Scaling the furniture to fit the size of the room is very important–furniture that is too large will create a cramped feel–but be sure to keep in mind the best fit as well.
Choose furniture and décor that is glass, or mirrored. Glass will keep up the appearance of open space, while mirrors make space look double it’s size, and they reflects more light than a wall does, which, as we know from the first section, makes spaces feel more open and spacious.
If you have a small space you are trying to decorate, never fear! Just use these small tips and watch your small area suddenly become plenty large enough for all your needs.