DECORATING: SMALL SPACES
Whether you’re looking to transform your attic into a bedroom or whether you’re desperate to find additional storage in a tiny room, here are ten tried and true rules to follow when outfitting the smallest of spaces!
DO: SKIRT YOUR BED
When decorating a small bedroom, choose a bed with a skirt rather than a wooden frame, so you can graciously conceal your winter sweaters or a collapsible drying clothes rack behind pretty patterned pleats. The space under your wooden bed frame tends to be "wasted storage space", but by outfitting your bed with a skirt, there will be enough room for more than just "monsters under your bed"!
DO: MIRROR AS WALLPAPER
Adding mirrors to your walls rather than wallpaper gives the illusion of depth to your small space. It reflects light so the room will be more illuminated and bright! For more practicality, prop one (or two) large mirrors on the floor leaning against the wall, or for more drama, hang a gilded mirror at eye level instead of a piece of art.
DON'T: BE AFRAID OF COLOR
Many people tend to decorate a small space with monochromatic neutral tones. But, just because you have a restricted area doesn't mean you need to restrict your color pallet. You can go bold but make sure to maintain a sense of cohesiveness, using colors, patters and prints that compliment each other.
DON'T: NEGLECT "UNUSABLE" SPACE
Are you dreaming of putting a guest bedroom in your attic? Do you have lots of empty space behind and under your stairs? Add purpose to those once "unusable" spaces. In the attic: place your bed in the corner with the highest ceiling, but even in the lowest area, position an upholstered reading chair. And behind those stairs: add built in closets to store coats or cleaning supplies!
Do: MULTI-FUNCTION FURNITURE
Decorate your small space with the goal of merging function and form. So, try and consider pieces that can be used for various functions. Add a desk by your bedside to double-duty as a nightstand, or choose a fashionable desk chair (who's legs don't look like a skateboard) to use for both at-home office hours and for larger dinner parties - when you need seating for that one extra guest!
DON'T: FORGET YOUR CEILING HEIGHT
Emphasizing the height of your ceilings, even when they aren't themselves overly tall, can make your space feel much larger. Instead of hanging your curtains right at the top of your windows, hang them as high as you can - even touching your ceiling! The drapery leads the eye to height of your ceiling, giving the allusion of much more space.
DO: THINK ABOUT LIGHTING
When decorating a room no matter the size, it’s always important to carefully consider lighting. But, when you’re furnishing one that is relatively small, the importance of lighting is even more significant. Compliment built in ceiling lights with dramatic pendant lights or chandeliers, to create drama while also illumination.
DON'T: BE AFRAID OF SIZE
It’s only normal to consider miniature pieces for a small space, but, don’t be afraid of larger pieces, like a substantial couch, a carpet or even a piece of art. If you’re small space is cluttered with only small objects, you’ll feel like Alice in Wonderland – oversized in a doll house! Accent a wall with a large tapestry, use a couch that doubles as a pull-out guest bed, or a large wooden chest to add perspective and function to the room.
DO: DISPLAY YOUR STORAGE!
This may sound contradictory – why would anyone want to display your stored items, especially if they are usually cluttered and messy?! Here’s the trick: hide your stored items in chic vehicles like wicker baskets, beautiful boxes or dramatic chests. Your storage will double as design accents!
DO: ADD YOUR OWN FLAIR
Make sure to add your own personality, your collected items and personal touches to your small space. Place photo frames on side tables, your favorite books on the shelves, and display collected objects from your travels. This is your home, after all, and it should be an illustration of your soul!