Almost everyone has lived in a small space at some point in their lives. Whether its your first apartment or a tiny condo in Orlando, decorating small spaces can be a bit tricky. When everything in the space is within eyeball reach, flaws are going to be magnified and easily seen if things are amiss. In these small space scenarios, tiny details make a big impact. If you find yourself with a feeling that something just isn’t right, or notice that after organizing your space it still seems cluttered, there are several steps that you can take that will make a big difference.
Decorating Tips for Small Spaces
Mount window shades on the inside of the window
Although it may seem like a minor decision, the installation method you choose can have a major impact on your room and on how much you like your new window treatments. For small spaces, you will want your window treatment to be as unobtrusive as possible, and an inside mount installation accomplishes just this. Blinds and shades that are mounted inside of the window create a low-profile appearance. They also have less of a visual impact on the room and its decor. You can also try extending the length of the window treatment beyond the actual window – this provides the illusion that the ceilings are taller than they actually are.
Make sure that the furniture doesn’t quite touch the floor
Furniture with legs that sit up above the floor a few inches can create a feeling of openness, plus create the illusion of extra space. Avoid heavy, solid furniture or skirted sofas. Instead choose pieces on raised legs, or made out of clear materials, that have less visual weight. If your couch has a skirt on it, remove it. You can also easily install/replace legs on furniture as a DIY option for creating that feeling of openness in your small space.
Use the same flooring throughout the space
Solid colored, continuous flooring makes small rooms/spaces look far more spacious. You want to avoid installing different flooring in different rooms – e.g. linoleum in the kitchen, hardwood in the living room, carpet in the bedroom. Stick with one type of flooring that you personally favor and install it throughout your entire small space. Vinyl flooring is widely popular right now as it can be laid directly on top of your existing flooring (minus the carpet). Bonus – it is also waterproof and comes with a lifetime warranty.
Large mirrors in small spaces create a positive visual illusion. Mirrors allow light to be bounced around the room, plus they also draw the eye up, making your space appear brighter and larger. You can choose either individual mirrors, or mirrors that go from floor to ceiling, to reflect the light and make a small room feel more open. Just make sure to think about what parts of the room you wish to have reflected before hanging anything. Also pay attention to the mirror framing – the length of the mirror should match the size of the sofa and the color of the frame should always obviously match your decor.
Add artwork that’s proportionate to your space
Hanging pieces of art on your walls that aren’t large enough can make a small space feel much tinier and even quite awkward. It all comes down to proportions, the look and feel. Make sure you put little art on little walls and if you want to display big art – then you need a big wall. Thinking about creating a collage of small pictures on one of your big walls? – skip that and go for a larger piece of art. Collages of smaller pieces can create the feeling of clutter and make your small room feel much smaller and unorganized.
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