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Decorating small spaces can feel like an impossible puzzle. You want to fit as much in as possible, but the room must not feel cramped. You want to fill with personality, but it can not look chaotic and cluttered.
When you live in a small house or apartment, fitting in everything you need is difficult. Trying to keep everything and making it look cute is an even big challenge, but that is what makes small space design fun: Coming up with clever solutions to those obstacles makes it all the more rewarding in the end. Whether you live in a studio apartment or want to get more out of a tiny room in a small house, these small space design ideas will make it feel so much larger while maintaining style.
A small space does not have to be short on style. Whether you are in a small apartment or have a small room in your home, there are options to make a small house look bigger.
1) Keep the Floor Clear:
You need space for the essentials, but even the most perfectly decorated small room does not work if you can not walk in it. Try floating pieces, such as shelves and nightstands, to keep the ground clear of obstacles and create space for extra storage beneath if needed. Opt for sconces and wall lights rather than floor lamps.
2) Use alternative furniture choices:
The thing you should never do if you have a small living room is cram in too much furniture. Instead, choose a sofa that is proportional to the size of the space, and if you are still in need of more seating, use stools. They will take up far less room than bulky armchairs and can easily maneuver. Look for stowaway furniture, such as these cube stools that can be tucked under a coffee table when you don’t need them. If you like your living room cute and cozy, try clustering color-coordinated objects together – from pictures to cushions – to create a coherent look.
3) Consider colors and fabrics:
Start to home in on the colors you want to use – for the painted walls or wallpaper, furniture, blinds, and curtains. The third color could be the high light for cushions, lampshades, bed quilts, and accessories such as a tablecloth or a painting.
4) Shrink Your Dining Table:
Small round tables are not just for breakfast nooks. Ditch the giant dining table and give yourself some extra space by opting for a small, round dining table instead.
5) Embrace natural light:
Make the most of natural light in the room by keeping window treatment ideas simple. Shutters are a brilliant alternative to curtains, providing privacy and light control without taking up space. If you choose curtains, keep them light and make sure they can be swept away from the window for light or go for Roman or roller blinds.
6) Keep It Cohesive:
There are only so many things to look at in a small space make sure they all fit. Stick to a limited color palette, whether it’s light and airy or dark and dramatic. Looking at items with an editor’s eye will help make sure pieces belong and keep the space from becoming cluttered.
7) Go for Folding Pieces:
You may need a desk and a dining table, but do you need them 24-7? Consider installing furnishings that can fold up when not in use. You’ll free up floor space and avoid the stacks of mail and work that inevitably pile up on these surfaces. If you have a one-wall kitchen, folding doors can conceal clutter when not in use.
8) Add finishing touches:
The finishing touches are the fun bit!’ ‘Lampshades, rugs, cushions, paintings, and plants can all make a huge difference but are sometimes hard to choose until you have the walls painted or papered and curtains hanging. The colors on the spines of books in a bookshelf or kitchen tablecloths create opportunities for accents of color.