How to Make a Big Impact in Small Spaces

When decorating a small space, it’s easy to feel physically and creatively limited. However, lacking square footage doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style. There are certain design tricks you can implement to make your space feel larger than it actually is. Want to learn the secrets? Here are five ways you can make a big impact in small spaces.


Create a closed concept

Though open floor plans are popular in larger homes, you may want to stay away from them when staging a small space. Open floor plans in small areas can feel too tight and downright overwhelming. To avoid this, section off and distinguish your spaces by rolling out area rugs, using statement furniture to identify what each room is for, or creating an accent wall to differentiate one space from another. You can also use two different sets of flooring to distinguish between areas. For example, you may have laminate plank flooring in your living room that transitions into a laminate tile floor in the kitchen. Ensuring the flow is cohesive is key to tying the space together.


Use rich colors thoughtfully

People typically favor soft neutral palettes in small spaces because lighter colors open up a room. While this trick does work, it doesn’t mean you have to stray away from color completely. Use rich colors thoughtfully in your design, and you’ll be able to show off some personality. How can you accomplish this? Paint an accent wall in a bold shade or hang floor-to-ceiling drapes in a vibrant hue. 


Make it multi-purpose

Small spaces don’t need to be cramped and confined. If you don’t want to overwhelm your rooms with a lot of furniture, select multi-purpose pieces. Think a high coffee table with room to store baskets underneath, an ottoman that opens to hold extra throw pillows and blankets, and stools for side tables that double as additional seating when guests arrive. With a bit of creativity, you will find countless ways to furnish your humble home practically.


Build in and up

To increase a room’s footprint, create more floor space using built-ins. This discrete storage option will give you plenty of room to stow practical and decorative items, helping keep your small space clean, organized, and open. If DIY or custom built-ins don’t feel like a viable option, there are plenty of other ways to maximize vertical space. From high console tables to hanging shelves and bookcases, there are various ways to build in and up. Pragmatically, this will help you stay tidy; stylistically, it will draw your attention upward, elongating the room so it looks and feels more significant than it might be.


Mount that mirror

When decorating your small space, remember to hang mirrors! Not only will the reflection make your room appear larger, but its ability to bounce light around will also make it feel bright, open, and welcoming. Consider investing in a large floor mirror if you don’t want to hang mirrors. These are as functional as they are beautiful, elevating your overall aesthetic. 


Small spaces are no small feat. If you need help making your small space cozy, inviting, and stylistically pleasing, our professional interior decorators are here to help. Contact us today to schedule your free in-home design consultation.

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