Decorating Your Small Space

Decorating small apartments and rooms is a lot more challenging but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck settling for understated design.  You can make small spaces looking good while at the same time not making your house looking like it was built for Barbie.  Here are some tips for decorating your small space.

Use lighting strategically

Small spaces are often dark so make sure there is lots of light.  Dark and heavy curtains are great for sleeping but they also make the room seem smaller and darker, so don’t block the natural light.  If you’re able to leave the windows bare that’s even better.  However, sheer curtains will give you some privacy while still letting in the natural light.  Use lighting strategically with more lamps on tables and less on the ceiling.

Mirrors make the room bigger

Mirrors will reflect light and they are an inexpensive way to create more space.  Take one wall and hang a large mirror, it can serve as the focal point of the room while at the same time making it look bigger.

Get some storage

Dual purpose furniture such as ottomans and trunks give you the space to store things you don’t need everyday.  There are also coffee tables that have shelves so again you can have a bit of extra space. Here are some creative storage space ideas.

Layout your living room

When you live in a one bedroom apartment, small condo or a loft you’re living room becomes a catch all for everything.  It turns into your office, dining room and living room at the same time.  Try and separate out these spaces as best as you can, cluster the living room furniture together so you have one living space.

Keep it clean

Clutter in a small space looks 10 times worse than it actually is, it makes your space look much smaller than it is.  Take the adage “less is more” to heart and box up the tchotchkes that take up valuable real estate in your home.  Clean off the coffee table and whatever you have on your book shelves cut it in half.  In the kitchen, keep it clean and put the dishes away.

Use lighter colored paint

Choose lighter colors and while you don’t need to choose white but use softer colors instead.  Cream, light blues and greens can help make your space look bigger.  Try and continue the paint color throughout your apartment, it tricks your eye into believing the space is larger than it actually is.  Your line of sight stays uninterrupted making two smaller rooms looking like on big one.  Here is a video to show you how that works.

Decorating your small space doesn’t have to be that hard, keep these tips in mind and you can still have a stunning home that is both warm and inviting,