Big ideas for decorating Small Spaces

When it comes to decorating a small room, don’t let the amount of space you have keep you from thinking big. We’ve put together all the best ideas and inspiration for decorating your small space to give you maximum enjoyment without letting small room syndrome get you down!

Scale to what you need

Think proportionally. Small space can be a challenge, but using furniture that’s in the same scale as your room can make a big difference. This might mean giving up the king-sized bed in your sleeping space, or ditching those big, overstuffed sofas in the lounge – but the added space and sense of roominess that’s created by using proportional furniture is definitely worthwhile.

Make it yours. Plan your design and furniture layout for what you really need, not for what you might need if guests come over. This means that if you don’t need a three-seater sofa every day, you can replace it with something smaller and cosier. Make up for any seating deficits by pulling in chairs from the dining room, or utilising ottomans.

De-clutter to create space

Create some legroom! Choose furniture that has legs, instead of furniture that sits directly on the ground. The illusion of height that comes from furniture not sitting on the floor helps prevent the room from feeling cluttered with furnishings.

Use only what you need. Arrange the space the way you truly use it. If you eat dinner in your living room, there’s not really much point in having a dining room suite that you never use, so swap it out for a bigger coffee table and some comfortable floor cushions to make dinnertime more comfortable. Keeping a few extra cushions in the cupboard means you’ll have space for dinner guests too.

De-clutter to free space. You should also take the time to get rid of the clutter in your small space – this means that you’ll have to have a place for everything, and should make a habit of putting everything back in its place immediately. Look for practical furnishings that double as storage. An ottoman is a useful thing for a guest to sit on, but if it doubles as storage for all your CDs or magazines, it’s even better.

Think smart storage

Take up as little floor space as possible when it comes to storage. Forget free-standing wardrobes and clunky dressers for storing your stuff. Think smart, floating shelves and vertical storage instead. Make the most of your wall space, spend more money on getting one or two taller piece (like bookcases) and use storage baskets and patterned boxes to hide those possessions that you don’t want to be seen and try to confine your cluttery possessions (books and knick-knacks) to a few concentrated zones instead of thinly spread out all over the place.

Be creative with colour

Use colour smartly. We’re often told that small rooms should be painted in white and that colour in a room makes it appear smaller. This is utterly untrue! Colour can, in fact, make a room appear bigger and brighter than it really is, as colour can help to make the corners recede.

You can expand on this by extending the colour through to the ceiling. Add visual interest with a ceiling tile – they’re made from polystyrene and they’re simple to install. The best part? You don’t have to prepare them before you paint them – and you can use any kind of paint as well.

Add height

Pick a ceiling tile in a floral pattern and create your own pressed ceiling. The pattern will add height and dimension to open up the room. You can add even more height to your room by making clever use of cornices on your interior walls, to draw the eye around the room. Small spaces usually work well with a colour palette limited to three (or fewer) colours.

When it comes to art, think big. Don’t think you can’t have big art or wall hangings in a small space. If you pick them in a colour that recedes (like blue) or you have a painting of a bright, cheery landscape with a receding horizon, pieces like these can give added depth to a small space.

Hanging big, boldly-framed mirrors on opposing walls, can also appear to ‘add’ more space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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