7 tips for Dressing up A Small Space

Are you a person who has a boring or small space in your house? One that seems too small or one you just don’t know how to handle? Perhaps it’s a blank canvas, but the room consistently becomes the junk room full of clutter?

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Whether it’s an office or a study in a large house or a small bedroom or living room, people often get stuck when it comes to making their small spaces look good.  How do you masquerade the feeling of space when it looks so cramped and claustrophobic?

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Well, not to fear! Here are seven tips for bringing life and vibrancy into your small space!

Let in the Light

We call them window furnishings as they allow us privacy. Yet, depending on what you have to cover your windows, you may be hindering your space. Large and heavy curtains can shut out the light, making your room much more enclosed. However, blinds can allow in much more light. Those like a roller blind can let in a large amount of light with only a small opening, and then there are sunscreen blinds. These give you the sunlight without the glare. This also helps you save energy by blocking out the heat, but not the natural light.

Keep Use in Mind

When giving life to your small space, it is always good to keep in mind what you’ll spend doing in it. Make sure you know what you want and need from the room. Are you using it as an office space or as a place to relax? You don’t want hard furnishings, such as large amounts of timber, in an area like a living room, where you plan to seek comfort and calm.

Arrange Your Furniture

When styling your room, knowing how your furniture will fit in the space can be crucial, particularly when it is compact or tiny. Better Homes and Gardens has some great tips on the furniture placement these areas, such as a small bedroom.

Use the Appropriate-Sized Furniture 

Often what couples with furniture arrangement is the size of your furnishings. When you want to give the impression of a larger space, use smaller pieces of furniture so they don’t crowd the room. A bedroom – smaller bedside drawers, a kitchen – small appliances…you get the idea.

Add a Little Color

Paint is another of the many ways you can add the appearance of extra square footage to your area. According to realestate.com.au, when trying to open up a small space, colors such as yellow can be “aggressive.” Try to stick to lighter hues when using color, such as light blue, and go with white to brighten the space. However, be wary with white, as too much can leave your room looking clinical and sterile. If using white, add in a color as a feature wall.

Reflection Equals Extension

One of the easiest ways to make a space appear larger is to use reflection. Mirrors help to give the illusion that your room is wider than it truly is. Correct placement helps to extend the room, which in a small area, is what you are looking for. If your fireplace is directly opposite an archway or opening, placing a mirror above your mantle can help to extend the view.

Less is Often More

When trying to enlarge a small space, sometimes going back to the bare bones isn’t so bad. We often think that every piece of space needs something. However, Lifehacker has some tips on how to use your negative space effectively. Just make sure it serves a purpose!

Do you have a small space in your home that you just can’t seem to get a handle on? What do you plan on doing with it?

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11 thoughts on “7 tips for Dressing up A Small Space

  1. Great tips for small spaces! You hit all the key points to make a small room seem larger. I had no idea yellow was an aggressive color, you learn something new everyday. #HomeMattersParty

  2. These are perfect small area decorating tips for me, as I have an odd nook that I’m trying to figure out what to do with it. Stopping by from the #HomeMattersParty link up.

  3. Less really does help! Our bathroom is really small so we just dont keep stuff we dont need in it

  4. Great tips! I find adding a little color to smaller spaces really brightens it up and makes the space much more cozy and inviting!

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