Decorating small spaces can feel like an unsolvable puzzle. You want to squeeze as much as possible in, yet the space shouldn’t feel crowded. You want it to have personality, but it cannot appear disorganised or cluttered. However, it is possible to have a little area that is as stylish (or perhaps more so) than their larger counterparts. Whether you’re starting out in a studio apartment or want a more minimalist lifestyle, you don’t have to lose flair. We’ve compiled the best small-space design ideas to help you tackle your own.
1. Keep the Floor Clear
You need space for the necessities, but even the most nicely furnished small room won’t function if you can’t walk in it. Floating elements, such as shelving and nightstands, can keep the floor clear of obstacles while also providing extra storage beneath if needed. Instead of floor lamps, use sconces and wall lights.
2. Choose Folding Pieces
You may require a workstation and a dining table, but do you need them around the clock? Consider putting furniture that can be folded away when not in use. You’ll save room on the floor and avoid the piles of mail and work that invariably collect on these surfaces. When not in use, folding doors can conceal clutter in a one-wall kitchen.
3. Pay Attention to Lighting
Due to inadequate or nonexistent windows, small areas tend to appear dark. Make up for the absence of natural light by placing enough light sources around the house, from the kitchen to the bedroom. For a cosy and bright ambiance, pair eye-catching ceiling fixtures—either a stunning pendant or an elegant flush mount, depending on your ceiling height.
4. Add Mirrors
If you don’t have a lot of natural light, mirrors can help you maximise what you do have by reflecting it throughout the room. Mirrors can also help make a small space appear larger by creating the illusion of extra floor space. Consider lining a wall with a giant mirror or putting up a gallery wall of various sizes and shapes.
5. Select the Right Rug
A rug is one item that you do not want to compromise on in terms of size. A modest rug can make the room feel even smaller. Choose a floor covering that is large enough to accommodate the majority of the furniture, or go wall-to-wall.
6. Don’t Shy Away From Bold Colours
Because it is a small space, it does not have to be a white box. You can still choose bright colours and appreciate the size of your flat. A darker tone of paint on the walls and ceiling might transform the room into a jewel box.
7. Maintain Consistency
You can only look at so many things in a tiny place, so make sure they all fit. Keep your colour pallet simple, whether it’s light and airy or dark and dramatic. Evaluating items with an editor’s eye will help ensure that they truly belong and prevent the space from being cluttered.
8. Find Pieces with Storage
Make the most of your space by purchasing furniture that also serves as storage. Choose a bed with built-in storage or drawers and ottomans with storage for sweaters and extra blankets. Every element must pull its weight in a tiny space: A daybed can function as a sofa as well as a guest bed.
9. Allow Pieces to Breathe
Nothing says “I don’t have enough room” like furniture shoved up against a wall and tucked in so tightly that it’s practically stacked. If possible, move furniture away from the wall and provide enough space between items. Also you may need to get rid of any items that aren’t used on a regular basis, such as side tables or accent chairs.
10. Experiment with Scale
In a small room, there’s no reason to use small furniture and decor. The trick is to select a few statement pieces that will catch the attention. You can utilise regular-size furniture and large-scale art; you just need to use fewer pieces overall in the room.