It can be frustrating decorating a smaller space, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. After all, people in Europe have been living in small spaces for centuries.
It all comes down to knowing the right decorating tips and making the most out of the space you have to work with. To help you throughout the process, here are some of the best tips for decorating a small living space.
Give Items Multiple Purposes
When you only have so much room to work with it’s important that you make the most use out of every single item. Buy a table that can be used not only for putting food and drinks on, but that can also be used to work on your computer, or bookkeeping.
The same goes for your bed. Many people with extremely limited space make the choice to use their couch also as their sleeping space. It’s as simple as pulling it out at night, and stashing it away in the daytime so that you give yourself extra square footage.
One of the most important things you need to do when working with a small amount of space is to reduce the amount of clutter you create. From your bookshelves, to your countertops, to your table tops, keep things clear and it will give the impression that your space is larger than it is. It helps to have baskets, and drawers where you can store things away where they’re out of sight.
One of the greatest secrets of interior designers working with small living spaces is the use of mirrors. Mirrors create the illusion that a room is much larger than it is and can even reflect more light. Place mirrors wherever you want, from your living room walls to your bedroom walls. The more space you can create the larger everything will feel, and the brighter everything will feel.
When In Doubt Hang It
If you ever have the option for a piece of furniture to go on the floor or hung up on the wall, always opt to hang it on the wall. You’ll save yourself much more room by placing things like lamps and shelves up high instead of where your feet are. Not only is this more aesthetically pleasing, but you also find yourself tripping over things less, and much more comfortable overall.
There are only so many solutions for fitting things into a small space. At the end of the day, physics is physics— the more objects that take up a room, the less space you’ll have. So, one of the greatest favors you can do yourself is purge anything that you don’t actually need. The fewer things you have, the less you’ll have to worry about where to put it all.