Great style knows no bounds. Whatever square footage you have to work with, you can create a warm and welcoming home. If you’re working with a small space, there are a few great tricks that can help; they include clever solutions that allow you to maximize the space you’ve got. Read on to learn more about the 6 secrets to small space decorating.
Take Advantage Of Multipurpose Furniture
Many fantastic furniture pieces serve more than one purpose yet have a relatively small footprint. A dual-height coffee table can work in your living room as both a surface to rest a drink on and a lap-height desk that is perfect for working at; it even works well as a dining table. A small bookcase on casters can serve as a room divider, but also offers storage, either for display or necessities; depending on the height, it could even be used as a standing desk. A sleeper ottoman can work as both a coffee table and a pull-out bed. When you’re shopping to outfit your small space, be sure to take advantage of these clever design innovations.
Maximize Natural Light
Letting as much natural light shine in as possible can make any space feel bigger. One way to enhance the light you already have is to hang your drapes higher and wider than the frames of your windows. This tricks the eye into thinking the ceilings are higher and the windows are wider, just by mounting your curtain rod a few inches beyond the windows themselves. If privacy is an issue, consider installing blinds, which you can retract when they’re not needed. Drapery fabrics that are thinner and sheerer will also help filter and diffuse the light.
Measure Before You Buy
Judging available space and exact dimensions is tricky. Know the precise measurements of the rooms you are furnishing, as well as the amount of space you have available for each piece of furniture you’d like to buy. It could mean that you decide to purchase a loveseat versus a full sofa or you invest in accent chairs and side tables rather than a sectional because it works better in the space. You’ll want to ensure that you have lots of room to move around comfortably and that your space won’t be too crowded to impede traffic flow. Bring your measurements along with you when you shop so that sales associates can suggest layout ideas.
Play With Scale
Just because you’re in a small space, you can still decorate with pieces that have a big impact. If you happen to be drawn to a large rug or an oversized piece of art, it could work perfectly. A big rug really anchors a space and can make a room feel larger than it is. A large-scale piece of art can fill up a wall with ease and command attention; it can also be an affordable way to create a one-of-a-kind accent wall. As long as your furniture pieces are the right scale for your rooms, you can go big with some of the other decorative elements.
Use Vertical Space
Don’t forget your very valuable wall space, whether for display, utility, or additional storage. There are wall-mounted cabinets that pull out into small tables, which can be used for dining or working. There are also a number of creative shelving solutions, which you can use to display artwork, photos, plants, and your favourite decorative objects. Bookshelves come in a variety of wall-hugging forms, including ladders, closed or open cabinets, and floating shelves. You might also want to think about adding in some built-in storage, which you can customize according to your needs.
Keep A Neutral Palette Throughout
Choose whichever colours you love the most, just try to keep a consistent colour flow in place. It will make your space feel sophisticated and put together, as if every choice was intentional and well thought-out. If you stick to a relatively neutral palette, you can still play with texture and pattern, and add pops of colour throughout your home. The more elements that repeat (paint colour, flooring material, lighting fixtures), the more cohesive and expansive your space will feel.
We hope some of these ideas have inspired you to get started on your own small space decorating project. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the Gemterra blog for more great home decor advice.