Have you ever spent hours rearranging a space in your home to find that when you were finished it felt like a completely different room, but you weren’t sure why? There’s obvious psychology that comes with decorating and the capacity that small changes have to transform an entire space.
When it comes to small rooms, these little hacks and techniques are pivotal when it comes to adding comfort and style to smaller areas of your home. When we decorate a small space, it’s important to utilize designs that won’t make the room feel claustrophobic. Even so, it can sometimes feel like an impossible task to make an awkwardly sized room feel any larger than a closet.
4 Strategies for Decorating a Small Space
When decorating a small space, it’s important to know that there are certain colors, patterns, and other decorating tricks that can make a room seem larger — or smaller. Knowing how to use some of these techniques to your advantage can make a world of difference. No matter how impossible things might seem, there’s always a way to decorate your small space to create the illusion that it’s a little larger.
1. Choose a Focal Point
Focal points are important in any room, as they give the eyes something to focus on and make the set up of the space feel like a structured, cohesive design. Depending on which room you’re working in and the way it is set up, there are a few different ways you can go about it.
To start, check out the architecture of the existing layout and look for natural things you can use as a focal point. Some examples might be a fireplace, interesting floor tiles, or a window bench. If nothing stands out, choose your own. This can be a rug, a piece of artwork, an interesting piece of furniture. Whatever it is, just make sure it’s the centerpiece for the rest of your design. When decorating a small space, it can also be extremely helpful to create a focal point with height.
2. Go From the Ground Up
Use tall lamps, or mounted sconces to draw peoples attention away from the floor, where the surface area is likely to be overtaken by furniture. This can make your ceilings appear higher, and it stretches the canvas of the room out. Now, rather than just picking up on the bottom half of the floor, your eyes will take in the entire space, up through the ceilings, making the room appear larger.
Another way to give the illusion of higher ceilings is to use long drapes. Place the curtain rods basically as close to the ceiling as you can get them—leave just an inch or two of space. You can also hang a chandelier, which will draw the attention all the way up to the ceiling.
3. Keep it Light
Stick with neutral colors that are pleasing to the eye and easy to absorb. Neutral palettes can make a room seem more expansive. Keeping the room ambiance bright with plenty of light filtering through the windows to give the appearance of more space. Painting the walls white is an excellent choice because it allows light more light to reflect throughout the room.
4. Small Accents and Furniture
Choose accent pieces and furniture intentionally and with purpose so as not to overwhelm the space or make it feel crowded. Little pops of color can make the room feel put together, but if you go overboard, it will start to feel chaotic. Using smaller furniture pieces can help too, and you should always make sure everyone has enough elbow room when decorating small living rooms with seating areas.
If you want to decorate a small space in your home, but are unsure of where to start, schedule a design consultation with the experts at Windows Floors & Decor today!