We at Decoist love the challenge of decorating a small space. After all, compact homes are more popular than ever. From high-rise apartments with limited square footage to houses that make the most of their space, many modern dwellings require a touch of strategic design when it comes to creating a roomy feel. As a companion piece to our post on space-saving design ideas, we present decorating tips that will empower you to design a spacious living area regardless of your square footage.
Below you will find a review of tried and true design tips, as well as a couple of new pointers that will make you rethink the way you fill your space. Does this mean throwing out the pieces you have? Absolutely not. But when you adopt a space-saving mindset, you will make wise design decisions in areas such as living room layout, paint color, and decorative details. Not to mention, when it’s time to purchase new pieces, you will be more likely to choose furnishings that uphold your new-found commitment to making the most of the space you have.
Strategically Select Furniture
The smartest thing you can do for your small space: choose compatible furniture. Nothing adds visual clutter like over-sized pieces in a compact area. Try modular furniture instead! Pair two small ottomans to form one long coffee table. When it’s time to open up the room, move them to the side, or use them for extra seating. [from Sheila Rich Interiors]
Two small tables can have a similar effect. Place them side by side, or better yet, try nesting tables. After all, one table can be stashed under another to create more room at a moment’s notice. [from Home Glamour Now]
While modular furniture can help create more space, see-through furniture creates the illusion of space. The glass coffee tale below has a “barely there” effect that helps open up the room. [from Design Studio B]