Decorating small spaces can be challenging, particularly if you want to create a space that is both functional and visually appealing. The choices that you make both in terms of furniture and decor will inevitably decide the success of your design scheme. Your intended use of the space available to you need not necessarily be confined by the inherent space limitations. Some clever design choices can help you achieve both the look and function that you require, even when you need your space to multitask. The following tips should help you to ensure that you have the beautiful space that you want.
1. Use Light Colors
When decorating small spaces, the use of light colors for wall and floor coverings, and furniture will create the illusion of greater space. Using neutrals such as white, ivory and pale grey will allow you scope to personalise your design scheme with your preferred contrast colors. You may choose to continue with a neutral palette or to inject some bold colors into your design. Another tip (bonus!) is to use some horizontal stripes, perhaps by using a striped wallpaper on an accent wall. You know the way that those of us who are not skinny millinys are advised against wearing horizontal stripes as they draw the eye outward, well the same principle can be used to our advantage in home decor.
You can use dark colors in small spaces if you want to create a cosy room or for example if you are looking to achieve the classic gentlemans office look or again for an accent wall.
2. Glass and Perspex Furniture
If you choose glass and clear perspex furniture your space will appear less cluttered. The transparent nature of your furniture will allow light to travel through it, making it almost invisible to those viewing your room. Glass tables are widely available from furniture stores. Although glass and perspex chairs were once the realm of high-end, contemporary designers, they are becoming more accessible.
3. Multifunctional Furniture
When you are selecting furniture for your space, you should try to choose multifunctional pieces. For example, you might choose a coffee table that also provides concealed storage or a full loft bed that offers a desk and storage but that will occupy the same space as a normal bed.
4. Stackable and Foldable Furniture
Furniture that folds neatly away or that can be stacked in a small space, provides you with the opportunity to increase the function of your room. If you have a small bedroom that you need to use as a home office, a wall bed can be folded out of sight during the day while you work. If you wish to entertain guests, but do not have the space for a large dining table and the accompanying chairs in permanent position, you could choose a dining table that folds and chairs that either fold or can be stacked. You will have the benefit of using them when required without them overcrowding your room on a day to day basis.
Placing a large panel of mirror on the wall directly opposite the entrance to your room will give the illusion of greater space and depth to the room. This use of mirror provides the greatest impact, however if this is not possible or to your taste, you may consider using a large mirror in the room instead. This option will still add to the sense of space in your room.
When space is at a premium our design choices can help maximise the value we gain from our property. Decorating small spaces has its challenges but they are not insurmountable. It is particularly satisfying, when we achieve more than we thought possible, in design and indeed in life!