Guide to Small Space Decorating


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Bigger isn’t always better. Small spaces have a head start on feeling warm, cozy and inviting. They force you to edit down your possessions to those you really love and use, which can be very liberating. And there’s no question smaller rooms can be just as well-designed and comfortable as larger ones; you just have to think smartly and creatively. Check out these 10 easy tips and tricks to help your small space live large!



1. think vertically

Make the most of your wall space:
– Floating shelves and bedside tables create an airy feeling. Keeping things off the floor visually lightens your space.
– Tall, narrow shelves pack a lot of storage into a small footprint.
– Layer hooks, pegs and shelves to max out vertical storage.


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2. choose pieces that can play more than one role

This will help your space function better now, and in the future—you can count on these versatile all-stars to work in a multitude of places.

Bookshelves are not only great for a living room, office or bedroom—they can also store dinnerware, pots and pans, and cookbooks in the kitchen.



A bar cart can also work as a side table, plant stand or a portable office stocked with a printer, files and supplies.



A well-organized armoire can serve as a clothes closet, pantry, home office, linen closet or china cabinet.




Sleeper sofas transform your living room into a guestroom.




3. never miss an opportunity to add more storage


Consider:
– Storage beds with roomy drawers in the base for bedding and clothes.
– Storage coffee tables that can hide toys, magazines and more.
– Sectionals with storage consoles—this one’s a sleeper sofa, so it’s the perfect place to store guest bedding.
– An entry console with cabinets or drawers.



Ideally, aim for a mix of open and closed storage. Open shelves are airy and light, but items are always on display and need to be neatly styled, while cabinets and drawers conceal clutter and less-attractive items.




4. be flexible


Small tables can be combined to serve as a coffee table, or easily moved to use as side tables.

Create a bar or coffee station on a bookshelf with a spacious tray (see above), then use it for serving.

A reversible sectional lets you move the chaise to either side for flexible arrangements; the Andes Ottoman can serve as a chaise, ottoman or coffee table.



5. cut corners

Rounded pieces take up less space and are easier to pass by in tight quarters. (They also provide a nice counterpoint to lots of rectangular furniture.)




6. consider scale

Our new petite-depth sofas help scale down seating for a smaller room.




A slender desk lets you add a compact workspace anywhere.



A small living room doesn’t mean you can’t have a sectional: A chaise sectional can tuck lots of seating into a corner.




7. maximize organization

Clever kitchen space-savers: An over-the-sink dish drainer won’t take up counter space and can be rolled up when not in use; under-shelf wine glass racks double storage in the same footprint.




8. lighten up

Choose light-coloured or sheer curtains to maximize natural light.
Pro tip: Hang them closer to the ceiling or crown molding to make the room feel taller.




Even your lighting choices can save space: Think wall sconces or pendants as bedside lighting; a swing-arm wall-mounted lamp instead of a floor or table lamp.



Use mirrors to amplify light. They can reflect natural light into dark corners and expand a small room.




9. show some leg

Choosing lofted, leggy furniture is another space-enhancing trick. When light can pass below sofas, chairs and dressers and you see more of the floor, the room feels airier and furniture has less visual weight.



10. reduce visual clutter

Use baskets, bins and trays to organize odds and ends and keep them out of sight. Eliminating or concealing clutter creates space and calm, and draws attention to prettier focal points, like artwork or plants.



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