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Decorating Tips for Small Spaces

Posted by BedfordBrooks in Design Tips on Dec 1st, 2014

Cramped quarters definitely pose a challenge for decorating. It’s difficult to maintain livability and functionality while still making the room look good.

Small Spaces Decorating Tips

At the most basic level, there’s simply less space to keep everything!

Follow these easy tips to make the most of your small spaces:

  • Mirrors
  • When a room feels too tiny and closed-in, hanging some mirrors on the wall is one of the easiest and most effective ways of making it feel more open.

    Not only will they create the visual illusion of more open space, they can reflect more light around the room to brighten it up.

  • Creative storage
  • Lots of small apartments and homes are seriously lacking in the storage department. If your closets and cabinets are already maxed out, look for other unused spaces.

    You can put storage bins underneath the bed, or find a large steamer trunk for use as a coffee table. Hanging pot racks is also a great way to get more storage in a small kitchen.

  • Wall mounted shelves
  • Just when you think you’ve run out of all available storage space, you can create more by mounting some simple shelves on the walls. This is an often overlooked opportunity, especially higher up on the walls.

  • Multitasking spaces and furniture
  • With a small apartment or house, you can’t afford to have a separate room for every activity, so find ways of incorporating multipurpose areas.

    A living room is also a guest bedroom with a pull-out bed. Alternatively, a daybed with plenty of pillows can be both a sofa and a guest bed.

    If your desktop computer can also double as your entertainment centre, place a couch on the opposite wall for a dual office/living room.

  • Bright colors
  • Since dark colours in a small space can make you feel like you’re living in a cave, use brighter colours for the walls to liven up the space.

  • Transparency
  • Transparent furniture like Lucite or glass-top coffee tables can really open up the view of a room, make it seem less cluttered, and still maintain functionality.

  • Wall or ceiling mounted lighting
  • This will free up floor, table, and shelf space that would otherwise be occupied by lamps.

  • Round tables
  • Some spaces are too tight to let you have a rectangular table and still allow you navigate around it. In these situations, a round table can give you those precious extra few inches to move around it.