Decorating small spaces is one of the biggest design challenges most people face. Sure, it might seem that decorating a small room would be easy. After all, you do have less space, so what could possibly go wrong?
Imagine this scenario for a moment: you have just moved into your new place in the city, an apartment with a 50 sq meter common kitchen and living room. That seems like a lot of space, right? Then you realize, that one room alone does triple duty as a living room, lounge and eat-in kitchen.
So, how do you make the most out of decorating small spaces such as this one without going bonkers and tearing your hair out?
Well, there are a number of ways you can address the challenges of maximizing your small space. The best part is, you don’t have to sacrifice beauty while creating an environment that is functional.
When Decorating Small Spaces, Use Smaller Furniture
If there is one thing you should keep in mind when selecting furniture for a small space, it’s this: bigger is not always better!
Using compact furniture like this oak side table can make a big difference when it comes to making a small room look larger. Remember that your furniture selection should always reflect the size of your room. So, select furniture that fits the dimensions of your room rather than trying to cram in an over-sized sofa or table.
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Decorating small spaces doesn’t have to be tough but, creating an inviting environment that doesn’t feel cluttered is still one of the biggest challenges for those confronted with limited floor space.
In fact, the first thought most people have is, “how will I fit all of this furniture in here?”
While it might be tempting to try to fit every single piece of furniture you own into a small room, you must resist the temptation to do so. Instead, focus on using furniture that is essential to your design first, then add the accent furniture and accessories later.
Remember, less is more. And on that note…
Select Functional Furniture
When you live in a small space, your furniture needs to work extra hard. So, select furniture that is versatile and can be used for multiple purposes like this expandable coffee table.
Pieces like this are the “little black dress” of the design world; you can pair them up with everything and use them for just about any occasion.
Colour is Your Friend
Now is not the time to be afraid of colour. An all white room might look fabulous when you’ve got tons of space. However, adding a splash of colour to a small room adds interest and keeps the eye moving, thus creating the illusion of more space.
If you don’t want to commit to painting your walls just yet, consider adding some interest with a vibrant piece of wall art.
Remember, decorating small spaces doesn’t have to leave you feeling overwhelmed. By applying the suggestions mentioned above, you can create an environment that is as beautiful as it is functional.