Tips for Decorating Small Spaces

Do you have a small space or want any space to look larger?  Making a space feel larger is all about the visual rather than how large the space actually is.  Here are some basics:

  • Use see-through tricks.  This is why the 'open concept' is so appealing.  If you take down a wall between two rooms the resulting space will seem larger than the total of the two rooms.  Use of glass for any hard surface (table tops are the most common). 
  • Use see-over tricks.  The most common of these is the use of ottomans as seating, particularly near a fireplace.  This can also apply to any furniture - keep it low.  Avoid the use of highback chairs in the middle of the room.
  • Avoid any super large pieces of furniture.  Example:  don't use an armoire in a small room.  Use floating shelves for storage and a wall-mount TV.
  • If you want to make the room appear large in a specific direction, paint that particular wall darker.  A darker colour will make the wall recede and offer the illusion it is farther away.
  • Think 'dual' or 'multi' purpose for areas and furniture.
  • Try placing furniture away from the wall.  You need to try this in your space because it doesn't always work.  In many cases, though, it will give the illusion of spaciousness.
  • Keep flooring the same from room to room.  If you must have different flooring, then at least make it the same colour!
  • Last, but not least, make sure there's lots of light!  Take down those heavy curtains.  Put an extra lamp in the space.  Hang a mirror to reflect light.

Happy decorating!

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