8 Mistakes to Avoid When Decorating a Small Space
It’s tricky decorating a small space, where maximising storage and best utilising square footage are of the utmost importance. While we often like to share new advice for making the most of your tiny housing, sometimes it can be more helpful to share what not to do. Read on for eight mistakes to watch out for when outfitting your small home.
Natural light is a small space’s best friend. Maximise yours by placing mirrors on opposite walls from your windows to reflect and spread the light. Opt for woven blinds or sheer privacy curtains to filter sunlight rather than block it, and if the natural rays filtering into your space are limited, keep your paint hues and dominant furniture colours light to brighten the overall mood.
If your home has multiple small adjacent rooms, help it feel larger by visually connecting the rooms through a unified colour palette, material story, or overall style. This will help the space seamlessly flow together, like the rooms are extensions of each other rather than several small, disjointed areas. For maximum flow, why not try incorporating some feng shui into your apartment? (Try The Feng Shui Bible, $19, for a little crash course).
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Get creative when it comes to storage areas and places to carve out more useable square footage. Incorporating floor-to-ceiling shelving, utilising the space above the window frame, and adding built-in seating maximises the functionality of this small family room. Placing a sofa in front of the bookcases enables unexpected, hidden storage on the shelves behind it.
The sooner you accept that you have a small space and start taking steps to make the most of it, the quicker you’ll be on your way to crafting chic surroundings. If you don’t have room for a coffee table, squeezing one in will only make your room feel more cramped. Instead, opt for a larger side table to rest remote controls and magazines. If a television console won’t fit in your available square footage, mount a flatscreen on the wall or tuck it into a bookshelf. Cramming items in that don’t truly fit will only lead to an unusable, squashed space.
No matter how many smart storage solutions you incorporate, you’ll always have limited excess space. It’s important to evaluate your belongings and make sure everything you keep is meaningful and/or functional. If you find that you are overrun with useless objects doing nothing but taking up space, it’s time to purge. Marie Kondo's Spark Joy ($27) is an inspirational place to start.
ADD A MIRROR:
Mirrors double the visual space in a small home and reflect light and colour to add visual interest. Think beyond the wall when looking for places to add mirrors. Mirrored backsplashes increase the size of a small kitchen, mirrored furniture provides an unexpected reflective surface, and large mirrored panels on a wall look like additional windows.
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Use every available inch in a small space for décor, storage, and function. If your kitchen is petite, rather than use counter space for decorative bowls or knick-knacks, utilise the space under the upper cabinets for hanging utensil storage so your drawers and cabinets are free to hide less-attractive necessities. If your bathroom is tiny, forgo art above the toilet in favour of a hanging cabinet to increase your closed storage space.
A lack of square footage doesn’t mean your home has to be bland. Incorporate large-scale patterns and bright-coloured accents to bring interest to your pad. Bold wallpaper in a colour scheme that connects your rooms, or bright drapery hung close to the ceiling will create focal points to distract the eye from a lack of excess space. Try using Sibella Court's method of incorporating treasured pieces into your home. (Etcetera:
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