Best Decorating Tips for Small Spaces
Decorating small spaces can be difficult because they can be easy to overwhelm.
14:12 10 November 2019
Whether you’re living in a dorm, a tiny studio apartment, or a petite starter home, you may not know how to appropriately maximize your home’s potential with such little space. Here are a few of the best techniques for making your tiny home feel larger by tricking the eye and reducing clutter, so you can fill your house with more things that make it feel like home.
Mirrors are incredibly practical, as we use them every day, but we take them for granted as home decor. Mirrors are amazing when it comes to opening up the space in your home and making it seem larger. If you can fit a wall-size mirror into your home, you can create the illusion of having extra space, but small mirrors work just as well for tiny spaces.
Make the best use of your wall space by choosing pieces that are taller rather than wider. You can also hang shelving on your walls, or make use of hooks for hanging bags, coats, or bath towels. If you’re really short on storage space, invest in under-the-bed storage solutions and create even more space by using bed risers.
Find unique storage solutions
Speaking of under-the-bed storage, there are a lot of other great techniques for finding storage solutions in unlikely places. One of the best techniques is to take advantage of every nook and cranny. Get an ottoman or couch that doubles as storage for blankets or linens, or pick up a narrow shelf to slide between unused counter space in your kitchen. For places where you already store items, such as under the sink, you can organize them in a way that utilizes all the available space, such as adding shelves. You can also place decorations or store items on deep window sills for decorating and functional storage.
Utilize natural lighting
Similar to mirrors, big windows and natural light can make a room feel much larger than it is. While we are not all blessed with homes with high ceilings and gigantic windows, we can work with what we have by opening our curtains and letting the light flow in as much as possible. While you may get jealous of the huge bay windows on that piece of Buffalo real estate you were looking at last week, you can still make the most of it in your current living situation until you can save up for the home of your dreams.
Incorporate outdoor living space
If your square-footage is minimal but you live in a warmer climate, you can take advantage of your outdoor space, such as patio, porch, or deck, for some extra space to chill on a nice night with friends. A sturdy, waterproof awning can convert a simple patio into a weather-proof hangout space. Add a DIY outdoor sofa for a comfortable experience and a cute throw rug to tie the place together. If you live somewhere chillier, you can still utilize this space in the summertime for gatherings or just relaxing with your friends and family.