Tips for Decorating Small Spaces

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People often find decorating small spaces challenging and even discouraging. However, coming up with interior design ideas for small spaces does not have to be an overwhelming task. You can turn your small-space apartment or home into a warm, cozy abode. 

1. Interior design experts often recommend: “Avoid bulky couches and chairs.” Bulky, overstuffed couches and chairs take up more space and can appear overbearing. In contrast, simple, low straight-arm couches and chairs can enhance your living room’s decor. If you choose to buy a sectional, look for an armless unit. It will still provide adequate sitting space without taking up additional room.  

Additionally, oversized coffee tables are not a good idea when it comes to decorating small spaces. Instead, buy a small coffee table that is adequate for your small-space room. Other interior design ideas include the following:

  • Use an end table for a coffee table.
  • Use a small chest (you will gain storage space).
  • Use a small futon instead of a coffee table. Place a tray on the futon to create a firm surface for your drinks.       

If your living room space is too small to have end tables, why not use a magazine rack (the kind that has a flat top) instead. Place the rack by the couch or between two side chairs. It will not take up too much space but you will have a place for a lamp or another small accessory. A plant stand will also work. 

2. Interior Designers also recommend: “Don‘t block the view.” To accomplish this, buy glass top tables, as they will make your space appear roomier. The glass allows you to see through the surface and keeps your eyes flowing. Wicker furniture is also practical for small spaces, as well as wrought iron pieces. Mirrors also accomplish this purpose.  

3. Install wall shelves. If your bedroom space is limited and you don’t have room for a nightstand, mount a small wall shelf next to the bed. It will provide a place for a book, a pair of reading glasses and a small lamp. 

4. Interior design pros say: “Keep it simple.” When it comes to accessorizing small spaces, avoid too many small items, less is more. Likewise, keep your patterns and colors to a minimum. A neutral color and one accent color, two at the maximum, will create a relaxing atmosphere. Too many colors and patterns create confusion and detract from the room’s decor. Matching the furniture colors to the walls will also make a room appear larger, as the furniture will blend in with the walls 

Using neutral colors don’t necessarily mean white and beige only. A sage green, taupe or even a light shade of blue will often work, as you can incorporate such colors in most color schemes. 

5. Interior design includes proper lighting. Keep your window treatments simple. Bring in as much outdoor light as possible. If your home or apartment does not have adequate natural lighting, use artificial lighting. Track and recessed lighting are often practical solutions. 

Downsizing and the desire to save money are two reasons why people often choose to live in a small home or apartment. However, giving up space does not mean that you have to give up style. By implementing interior design tips from professionals, such as the ones stated above, you can add big style to your small space.

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