Small Space Decorating: 7 Tips to Help Small Rooms Live Larger

Small space decorating offers its own challenges. These tips will help those space-challenged rooms feel and live larger without knocking down any walls.  Larger doesn’t mean better. Sometimes large rooms can feel overwhelming. Small rooms can be fabulous. They’re cozy, intimate and are very inviting when decorated properly. Not too long ago, I shared 7 Ideas for Decorating Small Spaces and now I want to share some more with you.   If you’re small space is an apartment, you’ll also want to check out 10 Decorating Ideas for Renters and Adding Color When You Rent.

Small Space Decorating

1 Small spaces need only one focal point. If your space already has a built-in focal point, like a fireplace, you don’t want another one competing for attention. If you have a large-scale piece of furniture that provides necessary storage but is competition as a focal point, there is a way around it. Paint the furniture piece the same color as the wall and it will almost disappear, no longer commanding any attention.

Small Space Decorating: In a small space, painting a large piece of furniture to the same color as the walls will make it almost disappear.

Apartment Therapy

2 If you’re small space also has low ceilings, give it a sense of height by creating vertical lines on the walls with wallpaper or paint. Another way to add vertical lines is by hanging curtains as high as possible and taking them to the floor. Find out more ideas in my post Decorating with Lines.

Small Space Decorating: Vertical lines will give a room the illusion of height.

Elle Decor

3 To keep built-in wall units from looking too bulky and overpowering a small space, make the center piece deeper than the side pieces. This will also help to visually expand the size of the room. These built-in cabinets were featured in my post on Great Ikea Hacks; find out how to make them.

Small Space Decorating: To keep built-in wall units from looking too bulky and overpowering a small space, make the center piece deeper than the side pieces.

Centsational Girl

4 Expand your space by extending your living area to outdoor spaces like balconies, porches, and patios. Make them warm and inviting by furnishing them for comfort. If you don’t have room for large furniture, include some greenery and maybe a small seating spot. When the doors are open, this space will become part of the living area.

Small Space Decorating: Expand your space by extending your living area to outdoor spaces like balconies, porches, and patios.

Home Decor Lab

5 To unify the rooms in a small house or apartment, choose a main color and use it in some way in each room. It could be the dominant color in one room, a secondary color in another, an accent color in another room, and so on.

6 Mirrors are a great way to visually expand a space and add light. Just make sure that whatever the mirror is reflecting is something that you want to see. Try it in different areas in a room before you decide on the final spot.

Small Space Decorating: Mirrors are a great way to visually expand a space and add light.

Better Homes & Gardens

7 If you are placing a chair in a tight corner, use one with rounded arms so it’s easier to get around and softens the sharpness of the corner.

Small Space Decorating: If you are placing a chair in a tight corner, use one with rounded arms so it's easier to get around and softens the sharpness of the corner.

Avalon Interiors

Whether you live in a small house or apartment, the less-than-spacious square footage can pose some decorating challenges. These tips will help you to overcome some of those challenges and help your rooms to feel and live larger.

Peggy
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    says

    Just today, I was at the library looking at books on small space decorating so this is very timely, especially now that we are living in 1250 sq ft. I live the cute little terrace! It looks so European 🙂

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      Peggy Pardo says

      Small spaces can be so much fun to decorate! Thanks for stopping by Doreen! 🙂

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    says

    These are great! I especially love that it’s not the same old advice that’s given everywhere, but new and fresh ideas. Thanks!

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      Peggy Pardo says

      Thank you, Angelina. So happy that I can present you with something new. You are most welcome. 🙂