Decorating Small Rooms
by Giorgina Devereaux
Although decorating small rooms presents its challenges, there are advantages to living in a small space.
For one, you don’t have to worry about buying more furniture and keeping your home clean is not a huge undertaking.
Yet, you may be scratching your head and wondering how you can make the space look larger.
There are creative ways of decorating small spaces to give the illusion that the area is larger while having a room that is functional and lovely.
The most important
thing in decorating small rooms is to define the function of the room with every
space. This is
especially necessary in a small space that consists of a living room and dining
Defining the Function of Each Room
Room/Family Room: The living room and family room are areas that bring to
mind a place where people gather and enjoy interesting conversations.
A dining room is a great place to spend time enjoying a wonderful meal after a
long day at work.
Kitchen/Breakfast Nook Area: No matter how small a kitchen and breakfast nook area is, it seems that family and guests tend to congregate there because of all the aromatic smells. Regardless of the kitchen size, you can still create a space that is cozy and inviting by decorating small rooms.
Bedroom: The bedroom is where we look forward to retiring at the end of a long day and merits making it into a special retreat that is cozy and relaxing. We'll show you how to decorate a small bedroom.
Bathroom: Even the smallest bathroom can be made to feel larger and deserves a splash of beauty. It is a place where you spend time bathing and getting ready, and because of this, it should feel soothing and relaxing. We'll share with you some small bathroom decorating ideas.
Office: The office is a space where concentration is needed and creative ideas take place. Therefore, making it into a room that looks professional while promoting concentration and relaxation is necessary. Aside from that, it deserves to be a place that feels inviting and relaxing when decorating small rooms, especially since this is where you will tackle work related activities.
Putting it All Together
What do all of these rooms have in common?
Even though each
room has a specific purpose, they are all areas that should feel welcoming,
inviting, and relaxing. The goal is to make each room its own special haven
that will make family and guests feel welcome.
The First Order of Business is to
Clear the Clutter: Clearing clutter will make the small space feel less
cramped and enable you to become organized. This will help open up the space
while giving you the opportunity to incorporate other elements into the room.
Color: One of the best ways to
open up a small room and give it the feeling that it is larger is by using a
monochromatic color scheme.
If you have crown moldings or are
considering installing them, keep in mind that they are a fabulous way to draw
attention toward the ceiling.
Wallpaper: If you prefer to
hang wallpaper while decorating small rooms, you may want to use wallpaper that has a white or light
background. Wallpaper with a white or light background gives the impression of
more open space. You can select wallpaper that has white, yellow, or neutral
the Light In: Allowing light in is an important element in decorating
small rooms to make the space
appear larger and more open.
Take advantage of
any large windows you may have and allow light in by pulling those drapes back.
Types of Furniture: Try to
stick with furniture that serves multiple purposes, such as an ottoman with a
storage compartment that can be used for sitting or as a cocktail table, a sofa
bed, side chest, and beds that have drawers.
Room/Family Room: Good choices include selecting a sofa and chairs that are
armless and have exposed legs, along with a glass table. In doing so, this will
allow light to filter under the furniture, which makes the room appear
brighter. Other options to consider are smaller recliners and club chairs. You
may even get away with incorporating a L-shaped couch that can hug the walls,
which takes advantage of the maximal space available when decorating small rooms.
With upholstery, opt for plain colors instead of bold plaids, stripes, or prints. Try to use texture for interest, and if possible, select neutral tones.
For coffee tables, choose ones that
have shelves below for that much needed storage space. It’s perfect for storing
books, magazines and other items.
Another idea when decorating small
roooms is to incorporate
nesting tables as part of your living room/family room furnishings. These can
be tucked away when not in use and provide additional room at a moment’s notice.
If your living room/family room has a
low ceiling, then consider mounting a flat-screen TV on a wall to open up the
room. This is also a great way to save space and money since you won’t need to
worry about investing in a media cabinet.
Dining Room: Tables to
consider for the dining room are those that are round or square shaped. These
takes up less space, and by incorporating plushy chairs, you give the room added
If you are going for a more casual
feel in the dining room, you may want to consider a table that has bench style
seating or a banquette. This is a great way to provide additional seating while
giving the room a relaxing feel.
Kitchen/Breakfast Nook Area: To save on space in your kitchen nook area,
you may want to consider a bistro table with two chairs, along with low-back or
backless stools used at a kitchen counter. Some kitchen tables have a shelf
underneath the table top, which you can use to store kitchen items that needed
to be readily accessed.
space saver is a breakfast nook table. This fits perfectly in a corner and has
bench style seating. Some of these are available with a storage compartment in
the bench ideal for storing linens and serving ware.
If you are able to fit a large four-poster bed in a small bedroom, it will
actually make the room look bigger.
Bigger items likes armoires and chests also help give the room the appearance that it is wider.
When arranging furniture, try to avoid blocking pathways. In doing so, you will prevent the room from feeling cramped while opening up the space. Also, too much furniture will make the room look smaller. If more of the floor is exposed, the room will appear larger.
ceramic tile in a light color that is large, even in small bathrooms. This will
help provide the illusion of larger space.
One of the best ways to make a space appear larger when decorating small
rooms is to incorporate
mirrors. Wall mirrors serve multiple purposes for home decor and are excellent
for widening and heightening space.
When displayed in a room, wall mirrors attract attention and add drama because the reflection creates the illusion of bigger space and enhances the surrounding furnishings.
Accessories: To prevent a cluttered look while decorating small rooms, avoid covering your walls with
multiple pieces of art and pictures.
Another fabulous idea is to hang a framed trompe l'oeil of, for instance, a picture of a window that peeks out into a magical garden or a beautiful horizon. This will give a sense of a larger space.
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