From studio apartments to compact living rooms and home offices, decorating a small space can definitely feel like a challenge!
With less room to work with, many homeowners often struggle with choosing the right furniture, decor and floor layouts to maximise the limited space available.
However, when it comes to interior decorating, there are a few strategic ways you can actually make a small space appear bigger. It’s all about being thoughtful with your furniture selections, and using decor to trick the eye and create the illusion of height and depth.
If you’re currently struggling to decorate a small space of your own, keep reading for 5 simple styling tips that work wonders!
1. Remove Bulk
Try to steer clear of bulky furniture and heavy textiles when furnishing a small space. You should always look for modern, streamlined designs that won't take up too much room.
For example, opt for a slimline lounge that sits off the floor with elevated legs, or a round dining table over a rectangular one. Glass table tops are another great pick to give dining rooms a more open and airy feel.
Consider your window treatments, too - thin, sheer drapes work best in small spaces as opposed to dark, heavier linens.
2. Incorporate Mirrors
It’s a well-known fact that decorating with mirrors creates the illusion of depth, helping to make spaces appear bigger and brighter.
A strategically placed wall or floor mirror works by reflecting both natural and artificial light around the room and opening up the space. We particularly love round mirrors for small living rooms, bathrooms and entry ways!
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3. Go Lighter
Opting for furniture and decor in lighter finishes is another great way to trick the eye and make a small space look and feel larger.
Stick to a neutral colour palette with your furniture and decor selections - white, beige, sand, grey and pastel tones all work best to make a room appear more spacious.
The same rule applies to your flooring and wall colours, too. Light timber floors and crisp white walls are the perfect pairings for small spaces, as opposed to dark wood or moody paint colours.
4. Use Artworks to Create Height
Strategically placed artworks can also be used to create the illusion of height in smaller rooms - but it’s all about the positioning!
Be sure to always position your artworks above eye level. This will naturally draw the eye upwards and make your ceilings appear higher.
It’s important to be mindful of scale when it comes to smaller rooms, so opt for one or two small to medium size artworks as opposed to a larger piece that may overwhelm the space.
5. Upsize Your Rug
It might sound contradictory, but choosing a larger floor rug can actually make your living spaces appear bigger. A larger rug creates a focal point and anchors your living space - whereas a small rug will only make your space feel smaller, too.
You can check out our recent blog feature with the Bayliss Rugs team for more tips on choosing the right rug for your living areas!
Decorating a small space doesn’t have to feel impossible when you know what to keep in mind! These 5 simple tips are a great place to start to help your small space look and feel bigger and more inviting.
Our range of furniture and homewares are perfectly suited to small spaces, from modern lounges to dining tables, mirrors, artworks and floor rugs. You can shop our entire collection online or in-store, with AfterPay available on all purchases.
For extra assistance, our qualified interior designers are also available for in-home consultations. If you're currently redecorating your home, please get in touch for more information on our interior design services!