It’s tricky decorating a small space, where maximizing storage and best utilizing square footage is of the utmost importance. While we often like to share new advice for making the most of your tiny abodes, sometimes it can be more helpful to share what not to do. Read on for nine mistakes to watch out for when outfitting your small home.
The sooner you accept that you have a small space and start taking steps to make the most of it, the quicker you’ll be on your way to crafting chic surroundings. If you don’t have room for a coffee table, squeezing one in will only make your room feel more cramped. Instead, opt for a larger side table to rest remote controls and magazines. If a console to place your television on won’t fit in your available square footage, mount a flat screen on the wall or tuck it into a bookshelf. Cramming items in that don’t truly fit will only lead to an unusable, squashed space.
If your home has multiple small adjacent rooms, help the space feel larger by visually connecting the rooms through a unified color palette, material story, or overall style. This will help the space flow together seamlessly, like they are extensions of each other rather than several small, disjointed areas.
Use every available inch in a small space for décor, storage, and function. If your kitchen is petite, rather than use counter space for decorative bowls or knick-knacks, utilize the space under the upper cabinets for hanging utensil storage so your drawers and cabinets are free to hide less-attractive necessities. If your bathroom is tiny, forgo art above the toilet in favor of a hanging cabinet to increase your closed storage space.
No matter how many smart storage solutions you incorporate, you’ll always have limited excess space. It’s important to evaluate your belongings and make sure everything you keep is meaningful and/or functional. If you find that you are overrun with useless objects doing nothing but taking up space, it’s time to purge.
A lack of square footage doesn’t mean your home has to be bland. Incorporate large-scale patterns and bright-colored accents to bring interest to your pad. Bold wallpaper in a color scheme that connects your rooms or bright drapery, hung close to the ceiling, will create focal points to distract the eye from a lack of excess space.
Natural light is a small space’s best friend. Maximize yours by placing mirrors on opposite walls from your windows to reflect and spread the light. Opt for woven blinds or sheer privacy curtains to filter, rather than block, sunlight, and if the natural rays filtering into your space are limited, keep your paint hues and dominant furniture colors light to brighten the overall mood.
Get creative when it comes to storage areas and places to carve out more useable square footage. Incorporating floor-to-ceiling shelving, utilizing the space above the window frame, and adding built-in seating maximizes the functionality of this small family room. Placing a sofa in front of the bookcases enables for unexpected, hidden storage on the shelves behind it.
Space-enhancing visual tricks will be a lifesaver when it comes to making your small space feel chic. In the bedroom of the small home of Bill Brockschmidt and Richard Dragisic, the designers created the illusion of a false wall with the valence above their bed to make it seem like there’s additional space behind the original surface. By floating this false wall a few inches from the actual wall, they were able to incorporate hidden side tables and lighting. Carrying the paint treatment around the room reinforces the visual trick. For more ideas like this, check out these simple ways to make your small space seem bigger.
Mirrors double the visual space in a small home and reflect light and color to add visual interest. Think beyond the wall when looking for places to add mirrors. Mirrored backsplashes increase the size of a small kitchen, mirrored furniture provides an unexpected reflective surface, and large mirrored panels adhered to a wall look like additional windows.
Have you made any mistakes when trying to decorate a small space? Tell us what they are in the comments below so we can avoid them ourselves!