Small spaces can be cozy, inviting, and incredibly stylish. However, finding room for all of your stuff can make small space living a little challenging. Many of the tried and true rules of decorating tend to overlook the struggles that can come with occupying a small area. But we’re here to tell you that it is possible to have a tiny room that’s both cozy and functional - provided you avoid these 7 small space decorating mistakes. Click “Next” to read more.
1. Thinking Horizontally
A small room may not have too much space on the ground - but most people forget about the space on their walls. Floating shelves provide additional storage space, and help to draw the eye upwards - giving the illusion of more space.
2. Folding Your Clothes
Let’s face it: we all could probably use a little extra space in our closet. Rather than folding your clothes, using hangers - especially those cascading ones - can save you plenty of space. In fact, you’ll probably even be able to fit a shoe rack underneath it all!
3. Buying Regular Furniture
With so many furniture options available, you should be able to find pieces that will work a double shift. Investing in a headboard with hidden shelving down the side, or an ottoman that doubles as hidden storage space helps to ensure everything has a place.
4. You’re Choosing Dark Colors
Too many dark hues can make an already small space appear much smaller. Lighter shades on the other hand, help to open up a room and make it feel larger. It’s something to do with the reflection of light - and that makes mirrors, and bright pops of color welcome accessories in any tiny space.
5. Your Drawers Aren’t Organized
If your drawers are a jumbled mess of random items (yeah, mine are too) - you’re not making the best use of that space. Sure, drawer dividers may result in sacrificing a few millimeters of space, but with a little organization, you’ll be able to make the most of what you’ve got. Plus, you’ll actually be able to find stuff! Bonus!
6. You’re Not Maximizing That You’ve Got
With a little creativity, it may be possible to find additional storage space - or maybe even space for a small office or reading nook. You just need to think outside of traditional home decor rules. For example, this space beneath the stairs has made good use of a normally awkward space. It’s now the perfect place to house a wine rack, your favorite souvenirs, or a large book collection.
7. You Keep Everything
When you’re living in a small space, anything that you don’t really need, or doesn’t serve a purpose, has to go. Otherwise you’ll quickly find yourself stressed out by all of the stuff that’s cluttering up your space. Make a point to donate, trash, or sell, anything that you haven’t used in the last six months, and watch the calmness pour over your room.