Learn Some New Ideas On How To Decorate Your Small Space
It’s that time of year again when people begin to flock to distant lands, or the cities next door, to pursue higher education. The start of a new semester or new careers brings first day jitters, new faces, and for a lot of students and NYC newbies or residents with the struggles of small space syndrome. For others whom may have finished school and have to manage in small apartments or offices, the same issues apply. Where should my TV sit, and will I have enough room for my desk? It is all about the proper décor and the right guidance!
Square footage challenged apartments or houses leave us with both decoration and livability hurdles to overcome. Whether you’re starting off in a new place or need to revamp your current home to fit your needs, these tricks are sure to inspire some change when it is time to decorate your small space.
Windows And Natural Light
This could be stated a thousand times and still wouldn’t be said enough, take advantage of your windows when you decorate! Take a look at this Ikea set up - the natural light is good for you and will brighten up your space, but the big advantage is the fact that you will be seeing more than the four corners of your room. Looking out onto the streets of the big city or a view of your backyard opens up your room and creates the effect of more space. Match some thin curtains to your wall color to keep continuity and bring privacy all at once. Don’t have a window? Hang a mirror on your wall to mimic the feel of an expanded space.
Double Duty Furniture
When the place you call home isn’t quite as large as your lifestyle, keep in mind the furniture you decide to put into it. If you often have guests, but not always the ones you want to share a bed with, invest in a sleeper sofa or adjustable couch to give your guests a place to rest their heads. Make a rule to only purchase tables with storage when you decorate. Bedside tables, coffee tables, and desks should all have drawers to keep your belongings hidden. That way even your magazines, pens, remote controls, and unmentionables will have a specific home to be returned to. Check out West Elm for some great double duty furniture for your decoration needs!
Simplicity Is Key When It Is Time To Decorate
Loud patterns and colors quickly make a small space feel small, and that’s the exact opposite of what you want. Decorate with simplicity in mind. Light, pastel colors in solids or simple patterns are the best choices when decorating in this style. Find your perfect abode, like this gorgeous Brooklyn rental and design accordingly. Don’t go too crazy with the amount of colors, either. Pick one or two key shades to buy items in and go from there. Too many focal points are just as busy as the louder patterns.
Last But Not Least - Don’t Buy Big!
This may seem a little obvious, but it must be stated. Large pieces of furniture take up too much space in a small room. Don’t invest in that giant cozy chair because you think it’s pretty if it won’t fit in your home. Decorate smart, and you’ll be living smart. Consider these solutions when you find yourself feeling a little cramped, and you’ll see big changes in your small spaces.
Editor + Contributor: Lori C. Brown
Writer: Rebekah Kibodeaux