My very best selling item is a pillow that says, “Love grows best in little house, with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together you can’t help but communicate. And if we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss. Love grows best in houses like this.” This tells me that this little community we have going it probably not decorating mega mansions. The home we’re remodeling is actually a 1300sq ft 1960’s ranch. When we brought our furniture from our previous home that was built in 2008 we couldn’t fit the couch through the door way. I literally thought about replacing the windows to get my sectional in. I have sense bought a new couch, but the point is my home is SMALL. Even though it’s small and needs a lot of love, it’s become my favorite place to be. I think us small home people have it lucky. Small spaces mean less to clean, less to maintain and less clutter. Can I get an amen?
This leads me to what I wanted to chat about today: Designing/Decorating Small Spaces. I think the best way to do this would be to look at the apartment we staged for our neighbors at the Village of Rowlett. We wanted to show off that this space is gorgeous, but also functional.
ACCEPT YOUR SPACE
The sooner you accept that you have a small space and start taking steps to make the most of it, the quicker you’ll be able to craft surroundings you’re PROUD of. We used a smaller couch that could still accomodate guests in the apartment. We used a small wooden stool as a side table for remotes in the living room rather than a typical piece you’d have in a living area. We chose a very small coffee table to allow for more seating room in the space. The night stands in the bedroom are tiny, but so functional with great drawer space. Modern furniture is often oversized. Shopping at IKEA or thrifting for older pieces will allow you to find furniture that is appropriate size. Cramming items in will only lead to an unusable, squashed space.
Pro Tip: If you haven’t bought your furniture yet use paint tape on the floor to mark how much space the piece takes up. This will help put in perspective how much room you actually have.
Mirrors are one of the best ways to make any room appear larger. In the living room we used a tall and skinny mirror on the wall closets to the bedroom where it mostly reflects white wall.
Pro Tip: Be strategic with where you place your mirrors in your small living room. If they reflect the busiest pattern in the room rather than the serene scene outside, your space may feel busier than it actually is.
LESS IS MORE
Clutter free is the way to be in a small space. That goes for wall decor as well. Keeping it simple in a small space will allow it to look bigger. We chose two BIG prints over the couch and one mirror in the living room. These three wall pieces did all the talking. No fuss there!
SIMPLE COLOR PALETTE
Keeping the color palette simple ensures that your small bedroom will remain restful and calming. For the apartment we chose primarily neutrals with a pop of blue in the living room. I love that the blue makes a statement, but over all it’s a welcoming hue.
Do you have any tips for decorating small spaces? I’d love for you to share in the comments below.