Small spaces come with their own set of constraints. Although styling a small room requires a different approach than that of a large open loft, it doesn’t mean all of your daring ideas are out of the question. For years, many designers have disseminated “laws” for decorating small spaces that, to be frank, were designed to be broken.
The truth of small-space living does not have to be minimal furniture and one of flat, neutral paint schemes —you don’t have to compromise your individuality to suit your lifestyle or budget.
If you need to decorate a small space in your house, read on to learn the old rules, a.k.a misconceptions — and then disregard them entirely.
Take your cue from the following small-space myth-busters to make minimal square footage look fabulous.
You Can’t Go Big
One of the most common myths is that you can’t go big, as if petite perching furniture, recessed lighting, and tiny art are the only solution. It is, in reality, the opposite.
When it comes to decorating a small room, numbers matter, so using fewer big pieces rather than piles of small pieces actually makes your home feel organized. Look for large pieces that can fit in your space, practical, and reflect your personality. This also applies to pet supplies like a simple aquarium stand and also art decors and lighting fixtures.
Stay Away From Dark Colors
Living in a small space does not require you to avoid color and dark tones or become a fan of light and airy Scandinavian furniture. It’s true that dark colors make a wall appear sturdy, but they can also significantly add to your home’s overall feel and mood.
It’s important to note that it’s contrast, not moody colors, that makes a room feel cluttered. Instead of being scared of using dark tones, use contrast to your benefit when you want to draw attention to something worth looking at; such as decorative lighting, interesting wall art, or cool signage from Neon Mama, for example.
Naturally, our eyes are attracted to a change in color, so using the same color allows your eyes to easily scan the room without feeling overwhelmed.
You Need To Be A Minimalist
No matter the size, it’s important to note that when you enjoy your home and how it reflects your style, it naturally feels relaxed to be in.
Living in a small space doesn’t necessitate concealing everything behind closed doors or becoming a minimalist. Allow your everyday life to add to the character of your room. Don’t be afraid to stack your books, lean your art against a wall, use family name sign, and let the beauty of authenticity overflow.
Patterns Should Not be Used
A pattern that is repeated throughout a room draws attention to it, making it more interesting and distracting our eyes from the size of the space. Many of us are afraid of combining patterns, just as we are of patterned walls.
The notion that patterns would be too much for a small space is a myth. Experiment with your bedspreads on the wall, and you’ll be surprised at how good it looks.
Opt for Larger Mirrors Over Smaller Ones
How much have we seen the old mirror trick? When a large mirror is placed in a small room, it creates the illusion that space is larger since it has the same effect as mirrors. Small mirrors, on the other hand, can be extremely useful in small quarters!
A small mirror mounted across or near a well-lit area in your living room, bedroom, hallway, or anywhere in your home uses mirror magic to reflect light and expand space.