Decorating small spaces can be so hard. Here are seven tips and tricks to make the most of what you’ve got when it comes to decorating small spaces!
Have you ever seen one of those machines that they put the car into at the dump and it crushes the car on all four sides? Well, that's what it feels like to live in a tiny apartment, townhouse, or small home sometimes. If you've never had to live inside a tight space, let me tell you it is not easy.
If you've ever had the struggle of living small you may relate, and if you are about to move into a small space you may want to grab a notepad and a pen because these are some of the most useful tips I have found when trying to maximize every square inch of space in my itty bitty city home.
Small Spaces Tip #1: Hang your curtains high.
c/o Mary Whitney
This may seem like it won't do much, but let me assure you it will make all the difference in the world. When you find yourself hanging curtains in a tight space, DON’T hang them at the top of your window. Instead try and get them as close to the ceiling as possible. This tricks your guests into thinking you have a huge window and helps to make shorter rooms look taller! If at all possible, use curtains that are lightly colored or curtains that have contrast with the color of the wall. Curtains are one of the best ways to really step up an apartment or dorm that only has those super basic plastic blinds. Not only will this space hack help your place look larger, but this will step up the style factor too.
Small Spaces Tip #2: Buy clear furnishings.
Via Style Motivation
Using furnishings made of glass or translucent plastic opens up tiny spaces without making you suffer. One drawback that you have to keep in mind when furnishing with acrylic furniture is that you will always have to keep it clean if you want it to look good. Wiping these pieces down with Windex every now and then is a must, and spills will always need to be cleaned up immediately. On top of being a hard surface to keep clean, you won’t be able to throw any messes underneath this stuff when you're trying to clean in a hurry.
Cleaning Tip: I recommend wiping down your furniture with Rain-X and using newspaper instead of regular paper towels to make spills less obvious and cleaning 10x easier.
Small Spaces Tip #3: Use light colors.
Using light colors to open up a tiny space is so important. Last year I had this huge black rug in the middle of my living room because one of my roommates thought it was a good idea. All it did was make our entire bottom floor look so much smaller. Ya know how black absorbs every other color? Well, I am convinced that the rug was so dark it also absorbed space and time, which is probably why I was always late to everything last year.
Light color schemes help with concentration, alertness, and can make you feel happier. When using a light color scheme, don’t be afraid to accent with darker colors though. Using a range of colors will give the room depth and actually make it seem larger if done the right way.
Small Spaces Tip #4: Float any and everything.
c/o Medhat Ayad
This may seem like a bit of a challenge, but I can assure you that once you get the hang of it spotting places where you can throw in some floating shelves will soon become second nature, especially if you keep moving into different small apartments, like me. Shelves can be the simplest and best looking way to solve storage and space issues when you find yourself in between a rock and a hard place. Make sure your colors match, hang those puppies up, and you're good. If you want to make yours a little more special, a super cool website I found called Shelfology will allow you to go in and customize your own shelves and then mail them straight to your door to be installed!
Small Spaces Tip #5: A little goes a long way.
This is a little rule that I am still in the process of grasping myself. When decorating small spaces, it’s easy to get carried away and put everything you find that is kind of cool up on the wall. It’s important to remember that negative space can be just as visually appealing as the 43 posters you were planning on covering the wall with. If you want a space to look mature, think it out and design with a plan. Center artwork with furniture not the wall. Don’t be overly symmetrical, and try and stay with one color scheme.
Small Spaces Tip #6: Paint is your friend.
When you move into a small space, sometimes you literally feel cramped just lying in your bed. A really cool way to fix this issue is to paint your ceiling the same color as your walls or paint your walls the same color as the floor. If you are having a hard time matching the color of the floor, you have multiple options. One is to snap a picture with your phone and download the ColorSnap app from Sherwin-Williams. This app will match the color for you and all you have to do is go place your order in store or on the phone and it will be ready the same day for pickup. If technology isn't your thing, then just take the picture into your local Sherwin-Williams, Lowe's, or Home Depot and they can match the color on the spot for you. By continuing the color from the floor onto the walls or from the walls onto the ceiling, you will be making the room look much taller. If painting isn’t your shtick, you can also use wallpaper to cover the walls and ceiling.
Small Spaces Tip #7: Mirrors, mirrors, mirrors.
Via One Kings Lane
Using a mirror to expand a room is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but there is a reason it has withstood the test of time, especially in tiny apartment living. While I prefer to use one large mirror, it is more than okay to collect a small army of mirrors that match and create a mirror wall. If you choose to do this, make sure the mirrors reflect a decorated wall or one that is a different color from the one they are placed on. This will provide contrast in the reflection and make it look like these mirrors are windows into a second room. This idea is perfect for homes and apartments that don't have open floor plans and can be key in bringing older spaces into the modern era.
Small spaces can be so tricky and are honestly so much harder to decorate than you might think. While they are less than fun from time to time, when you live in a small space you really grow attached to it, especially if you did a good job decorating it. Your home should be an extension of who you are so I really hope these tips and tricks helped you out! Let me know what you do when you decorate a small space. And as always stay blessed, not stressed!