Decoration tips for smaller spaces
Living in a small apartment is a reality for many people. Contractors seem to constantly offer smaller and smaller dwellings – which might be related to an intent to captivate smaller families or single people.
The dream of owning your own home, in some cases, is much more important than space, apparently. The smaller apartment, however, should not represent a lesser value or a tougher charge when it comes to decorating.
Quite the contrary. In fact, the use of special decorating styles for the smaller homes is a daily activity for a number of architects – especially since they seem to multiply in numbers – because the proprietors of a smaller space aren’t necessarily inclined to give up style and comfort in their home, sweet home.
If you are a part of the growing number of small apartment owners but is not ready to give up on a quality décor, don’t fret: Master House is here for you. Check out our style tips below, put together by our special team of architects and designers.
How to decorate a small space
- When choosing your furniture, focus on what’s really necessary, indispensable. Only.
- Bet on functional or multi-purpose furniture – like a sofa-bed, a bench/ side table and so on.
- Think about the ambience before you buy anything. And always take measurements before making any purchases.
- Since you’re keeping your focus on the bare minimum, you can afford to splurge a little on more comfortable pieces, things that are decoration jewels on their own.
- When furnishing, keep the circulation in mind – you need to walk across these spaces. Think about the purpose of the room and decorate accordingly.
- Light your life away. The ideal lighting can make a room seem bigger and more comfortable, and it can also compliment a decoration perfectly. Use less furniture and more lighting – and don’t forget a trusty electrician while you’re at it.
- Mirrors are a great asset in smaller spaces – they can make a room feel much wider.
- The walls are an invaluable part of your space – decorate them with pictures, portraits, and such. Don’t leave them hanging!
- Speaking of walls, their color can play a big role in the decoration – they can be used to create space barriers where there are none, and compliment the colors of furniture and accessories. Be careful with darker tones, not to make the space seem even smaller.
- Use nooks and crannies on the walls to create niches and storage spaces. Look around the apartment and really think about how you can make it better.
- The rooms and spaces can not only be divided with wall colors, but also with furniture and carpeting. Instead of a wall or a high bookcase, maybe a high lamp could be used, or a convertible table. Use your imagination.
What not to forget
In the lavatory
- This is an excellent space for shelves – just remember not to over stack them with products. Fill them with what you actually use.
- You can use decorative baskets in the lavatory to safeguard the items that don’t do so well with humidity, such as makeup and perfumes.
- Mosaic tiles are a great bet for this type of space – colorful and cheerful, they can transform a tiny bathroom into a real decoration jewel.
In the bedroom
- Your headboard and bedside table are great places for family portraits. Choose modern funky ones for a great décor.
- Organizing boxes are great if you have extra space in the high parts of your closet or wardrobe. Asides from keeping things organized and clean, they can also help save space and serve as decorative pieces.
- Keep the furniture to a minimum. You can use the space under the bed to store shoes and other such objects that would normally be exposed and compromise circulation. Organizing boxes are good for this type of storage as well.
In the kitchen
- You can opt for shelving in the kitchen, leaving your utensils exposed and making that a decorative aspect.
- Don’t pile on a multitude of appliances – pick those that do multiple jobs and occupy little space, especially if they’ll stay visible.
- A folding table may be a good option in this space – it can look charming when assembled, and stay out of the way when it’s not being used.
In the balcony
- This room, sometimes, is the smallest in the house. Nonetheless, you can opt for a wall garden, saving space, cooking with fresh herbs and giving the whole apartment a fresher, more beautiful look.
- You can put a nice armchair in the balcony, and transform this into your reading den. It can look really chic, especially when combined with the wall garden.
- Long, thin, light drapes can let the sunshine in during the day, framing the wall and still ensuring you get all the benefits from the sun light.
- Get rid of anything that isn’t really important. Clutter is the enemy. If you don’t use it, let it go.
- Remember to keep things organized at all times – a mess in a small space looks like a disaster. Clean and tidy will make you feel more comfortable.
Regardless of the space available, the key is deciding on your own, personal decorating style. Check out decoration magazines and websites and look for clues of what you can do to apply that style to your home or business. Keep an eye out for things that you like and that actually add to your life: if you don’t like it, don’t get it.
Keep in mind the point of decorating is making an ambience look more comfortable, practical and pleasant. And it should, first and foremost, let the owner’s likes and personality shine through. Make it your own!
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