Be it a new buy or a rental, small apartments and houses may be hard to revamp right away. Because of the costs associated with redesigning a small space, many consumers find ways to do interior decoration tactically instead. Good interior decorating can make a huge difference in small spaces because it produces an illusion of a larger space – the right items draw attention away from the size of the room and make it appear larger.
Modern Interior Design Tips for Small Spaces
In small spaces, every inch counts. You must constantly balance getting the design you want with what will work in your home. Here are 12 easy, low-budget tips to help you to decorate small spaces.
1. Move Upward
Sometimes the easiest way to expand your storage space is to move upward. Whether it’s a bookcase or adhering shelves to the wall, you can double your space by adding storage up to the ceiling. You can even create a feature corner that stores items you use, but also looks great on display. Think of books, plants, art, keepsakes and the like.
2. Choose a Neutral Color
Keep a neutral color palette in your home to help your rooms flow easily together, making smaller living spaces less noticeable.
3. Avoid Lamps
Table lamps take up valuable space. Instead of a lamp, try a wall-mounted sconce to light up your rooms.
4. Use Overlooked Spaces
Turn that faux drawer in front of the sink into a storage area. Place garbage containers inside a cabinet. Add storage on the inside of cabinet doors and on the back of entry and room doors. Add drawers or shelves in or under staircases. Utilize cabinets as sliding drawers to give you a miniature pantry. These additions create a unique design element and reduce clutter in small spaces.
5. Hang Curtains High
When you place your drapes high up and beyond the width of the window, it makes your ceilings appear higher and allows more natural light into your home.
6. Use Smaller Multipurpose Furniture
This seems simple enough, but in the past, you may have been hard-pressed to find small furnishings. With the growth of minimal living, smaller furniture appropriate for small spaces is easier to find. Additionally, furniture with storage and shelving allows you to store and display items. Hideaway beds create sitting space and a guest bedroom all in one. Pull-down desks give you a functional workspace to store away when not in use.
7. Incorporate Plants
Succulents or other plants on a shelf, wall planter or table top brighten small spaces. Bringing a bit of the outdoors to the inside creates a more relaxing atmosphere.
8. Modify Your Sitting Furniture
Instead of a large couch, opt for a loveseat and two chairs in your living room. You get just as much seating without a couch taking up the entire room.
9. Add Mirrors
Mirrors provide the illusion that there is more room. They also increase the natural light in your living space and, as an added bonus, you can paint the frames of your mirrors to incorporate your home’s color scheme.
10. Go Tiny With Art
Instead of placing a large canvas across your main wall, place several smaller pieces of artwork, like pictures from your Instagram feed. This draws the viewer’s eye on a large wall space making the room to appear much bigger than it is.
11. Put Away Electronics
Avoid letting technology make your home look like a mess. Store your electronics charging station inside a drawer or cabinet to keep it out of sight.
12. Decorate With White
Using white in your decor catches the eye and makes small areas look more spacious. You can accent white elements with other colors you choose to incorporate into your design. White also makes space look brighter, so couple the white with natural lighting and mirrors for a cheerful space.
Moving Into A Small Space?
Are you moving into a small space soon? On the Go Moving and Storage offers personalized moving services in the Seattle area. We help you pack your home and move to your new space – big or small! With us, you can have peace of mind as we transport your belongings safely and securely. If you are downsizing or just moving to a smaller space, we also have climate-controlled storage available for your extra belongings that don’t fit in your living space. Call us at (425) 624-5015 or contact us to get a personalized quote for your next move or storage needs.