Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces

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Decorating a small space can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. With the useful decorating tips provided in this article, your frustrations will be put to rest.

Bedroom Decorating

If you have a small bedroom do not purchase a king size bed. A bed that is too large will take up the entire room, and it will look off balance. Instead, choose a full size bed. Position the bed so that it is centered on a wall. Centering the bed leaves space on both sides for a bedside table. Bedside tables provide extra storage for personal items, and create a balanced, finished look.

Choose a pale, but neutral paint color when decorating your bedroom. Pale colors help to make a room look larger, and neutrals have a calming effect. Also, keep your bedroom knick-knack free. One or two photographs placed on top of each bedside table is enough.

You should also purchase one or two sets of hanging shelves. Hanging shelves create extra storage in your closet. Use this storage space to help rid yourself of your dresser. The less you have in your bedroom, the larger it will look.

Living Room Decorating

The most important thing to remember when decorating a small space is that less is more. It is especially important when decorating your living room. Your living room is the first thing people see. It should be uncluttered and inviting. Large sofas are comfortable, but you can find the same design in an equally comfortable loveseat. Loveseats take up less space, and are less overwhelming for a small room. Also, to add some additional seating, purchase two storage ottomans. The ottomans can be pushed together and used as a makeshift coffee table, or separately used as footrests when the extra seating isn’t required. Storage ottomans also provide an additional place to stash away belongings that you want out of site.

Don’t buy a coffee table. Instead, use end tables. Coffee tables usually aren’t used unless you have company. Instead, they end up being a place to collect junk and clutter. Ridding yourself of a coffee table will free up the center of the room, making it appear larger.

Another important thing to remember when decorating your living room is that liking something doesn’t mean you need a lot of it. Collectibles are great, but it is important to limit them. Too many collectibles create a feeling of disorder. Instead, utilize your wall space to express your personal style. Enlarge one or two photographs, or frame a print, and hang them on the wall. When decorating a small space, simple and sparse is best.

Kitchen Decorating

Living in a small space means dealing with a small kitchen. Again, watch out for clutter. Purchase a rack for hanging your pots and pans. Kitchen racks will help with storage, and also create a rustic feel. Also, don’t be afraid of artwork in the kitchen. Hanging a few smaller prints can help complete your kitchen without utilizing floor space.

Room decorating should be fun, and with these helpful tips for decorating your small space it will look good too!

Emily Gojko: I am a writer, marketer, and manager with a strong background in real estate development and management. I am also a native New Yorker with an obsession for home design shows, so I have personal and professional experience making the most of small spaces, and dealing with good and bad living situations.

One Response to “Decorating Ideas for Small Spaces”

  1. July 28, 2009 at 1:47 pm, Park West Gallery said:

    Great tips for small spaces – decorating is definitely different when you have spacing issues. Often when people talk about decorating a small room, they solely focus on how to add more storage and things of that nature. I was happy to see that this blog post also talked about the finishing touches of decorating such as introducing artwork into the space.

    Artwork is great for decorating just about any room, this is especially true for small rooms because, as it was pointed out above, you don’t want to over do it and bring too many things into a room because that can make a room look cluttered and smaller than it really is. Artwork provides instant visual interest, is a great conversation starter, and most likely won’t take up any precious floor or table top space.


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