Just as a large space can leave you scratching your head with how to utilise all the area best, a small space also presents its unique styling challenges. Small spaces can be tricky, and often you need to think outside the ‘styling’ box and find novel ways to show a small area to make sure it doesn’t seem smaller.
Here are some common mistakes to avoid when styling a small space.
Don’t over-furnish: Small spaces need minimum pieces of furniture to avoid feeling cluttered and claustrophobic. Don’t worry though; you can still create a lot of storage space with a little bit of creativity; think about multi-purpose furniture with built-in storage and, if you have the access, investigate ceiling storage.
Pick the right paint colours: We all know that dark shades make things look more petite and white walls give the illusion of a bigger room. However, feel free to use multiple colours. Choosing a soft light colour palette for your walls gives you the same effect and still makes the room look and feel more spacious.
Avoid heavy, dark curtains: Natural light is your best friend! Please don’t underestimate the power of natural sunlight as it creates a welcoming environment and makes small rooms seem larger. So don’t block out the sun with heavy dark curtains. Instead, use lightweight fabrics and soft bright colours for your curtains. A smart way to add height to your room is by using vertical stripes to give the illusion of added length, but don’t go down that road if you’re unsure. Alternatively, better still use modern pull-down blinds that can sit in within the window reveal.
Think about your lighting: Using dim lighting or too many warm-tone night lamps around your house can make it look too cozy and small. Keep one or two in the bedroom and avoid having dim lights all around the house. Bright lights and milky white lights help make the walls recede. I suggest opting for wall lights or overhead hanging lights instead of floor lamps that could take up much-needed space.
Keep the flooring simple: Unfortunately, we often overlook the importance of the floor when designing a space but it is a vital part of the finished area. Having many small rugs strewn across the floor gives it a chopped-up look making it feel cluttered, busy and small. Better still, if you do have a rug, have one that fits snugly underneath the coffee table. Also, try to have your flooring styles consistent throughout the home. If your flooring changes from one room to the next, it will interrupt the visual flow of your home.
Use these tips to get creative, and don’t be afraid to mix and match to show off your style. And if you still can’t seem to get it right on your own, get professional help from an interior designer. Remember, it’s all in detail and has fun.