When it comes to decorating small spaces, you definitely have to put more thought into what you will use. It’s important to consider not only walking space, but also the space on your wall. Adding too much furniture and decor can make your space look cluttered and tight. You’ll need to find the right balance, so that your space not only looks good, but feels good too.
You want to make sure that you are comfortable in your space, and of course, a part of that is decorating the way you want to. So as we always say, take these suggestions as exactly that — suggestions. It’s your space, so do whatever you feel is right!
So let’s go over some uncommon tips when it comes to decorating your spall space!
1. Consider The Visual Weight of Furniture
The visual weight of an object has to do with the way our eyes interact with the object and are attracted to it. In other words — how much your eyes think an object weighs. Bulkier items automatically are perceived as heavier in our eyes, whereas sleek, thin items, are considered lighter. But it’s much more than just how heavy an item looks, color, pattern, texture, shape, and proximity also play a part in how much an item visually weighs.
With that being said, you want the items in your room to balance each other out and create a comfortable room! Too many “heavy” items can make your room feel over cluttered and crowded, too many “light” items can make it feel like your room isn’t complete or bare. You want to get a nice combination of both. If you go for a bulkier couch, consider getting a sleek coffee table. Be sure to distribute items of different “weight” evenly throughout your room to keep it even.
2. Avoid Patterns
Sometimes, patterns can be a great way to express yourself through home decor. Polka dots, stripes, chevron, there are so many patterns. And while they are fun, they could make your space feel overwhelming, and in turn, cluttered and smaller.
Instead, opt for solid colors to use around your space. Pillows, throw blankets, wall art, and other decor accessories can help bring your space together, without making it feel jumbled. There are tons of colors that are popular in 2021 for home decor. Sage green, cool blue, gray, and of course, beige, which has always been a popular color.
3. Use Mirrors
Sure, they’re great for decoration, but they can also make your room appear bigger. As the saying goes “the bigger, the better” and this remains true with mirrors. Mirrors can expand your walls, break up any clutter, and boost the light in your room. There are many ways to add mirrors to your room. Wall mirrors, standing mirrors, a mirror above your fireplace or bedroom dresser — the possibilities are endless!
4. Use Transparent Items
The use of transparent items has the same effect as balancing out the visual weight we talked about in the earlier section. Consider purchasing a glass table for your dining room or a glass entryway table. The use of transparent items gives off an “invisible” look to your space, so while it is still there and is functional, it won’t be getting in the way of anything, so to say.
If you’ve been to our Learning Center before, we’ve talked about the importance of storage, no matter how big or small your space is. Try to find items that will double as storage and functionality. Add an ottoman to your living room that opens and doubles as storage space. Consider adding more shelving and closet space to your rooms. The less you have out in the open, the less your space will feel congested.
We understand that decorating your small space can seem tricky, but it doesn’t have to be! Follow these simple tips and make the most out of the space you do have! If you followed any of our tips and added them to your space, be sure to share photos with us on social media. We look forward to seeing what you have created!