If you have a small house and you feel that your space is a bit cramped, don't worry! There are plenty of ways you can decorate your small home to make it look and feel bigger, whether that means creating visual space, maximizing existing space, or sticking to a cohesive theme.
Utilize larger furniture pieces in smaller numbers in communal areas. It might seem counterintuitive, but larger pieces work better for small spaces just don’t use too many! For example, one large table in your dining room can make it feel large and expansive. Conversely, 2 smaller tables will make it look cluttered.
Invest your money into quality furniture for the best value.
Ask yourself how you can create more space with each piece of furniture you add.
For example, use oval dining room tables instead of square tables since they usually take up less space.
Use pedestal style tables which have just one central support and offer the most legroom for dining rooms and areas that need to accommodate more people at the table.
Consider getting a sectional couch for your living room. This lets you seat several people on one piece of furniture instead of needing several (e.g., a loveseat and a couple of arm chairs). It will also help the room look more open.
Double your furniture's use whenever possible. A
great way to maximize space is to use furniture for multiple purposes.
For example, a bedroom chest can be used for storing clothing as well as
a makeshift bedside table. Look for any other furniture that can double
as storage space and you'll minimize the clutter.
Use the space underneath beds and couches to store boxes of clothing and accessories.
You can mount shelves to store books, boxes, and decorative pieces, then attach hooks to the undersides to hang up coats, hats, and umbrellas. Just make sure the shelf is securely mounted to the wall so the weight of hanging items doesn’t pull it down.
Invest in foldable furnishings the save space. It's
best to give yourself the option of folding up unused furniture when
unused so that they take up a minimal amount of space. Check local home
improvement stores for foldable dining room tables, desks, and couches
and get into the habit of folding them up when you're not using them.
Consider installing a folding door if you have a one-wall kitchen.
Always remove your mail and books that accumulate on your tables to motivate you to fold them up! This will eliminate lots of clutter.
A folding table can double as a desk in your bedroom or table in your dining room.
Install wall-mounted shelves and hooks to maximize space. In rooms like kitchens, which can easily get crowded with spices and tools, a wall-mounted shelf can help reduce the clutter. You should also consider adding some hooks to hang tools, towels, and pot holders. Regardless of what you choose, you'll need to drill holes in your wall with an electric drill and fasten your shelves or hooks using nails.
Visit the local home hardware store to purchase wall-mounted shelves and hooks.
Try wall-mounted shelves in your bedroom if you have lots of books or toys.
Hang your curtains as high as possible to maximize natural light. Place your curtains as close to the ceiling as possible – about 2 inches (5.1 cm) below the crown molding – to make your ceilings look higher. Stick to thin, lightweight drapes as opposed to heavy, bulky types.
Extend your curtain rod at least 4 inches (10 cm) to each side to make your windows look wider.
If you want to dress your windows, stick to tailored panels or sheers.
Keep your curtains open as much as possible to let in natural sunlight. Closing off the windows can make a room feel dreary and cave-like.
Purchase a small bed to open up space in intimate areas. A large bed can feel luxurious, but in a small room it can quickly make things cramped. Use smaller beds instead, such as models without a footboard like storage and platform beds.
If you prefer a footboard, choose a model with one that's see-through to create visual space. A see-through headboard also helps!
Add mirrors to double the space in your rooms. Integrate some mirrors into your home to make it look bigger. For example, select one wall in your living room—such as the one behind a couch – and line it with a large mirror. You can also create a mirrored backsplash in a small-sized kitchen to provide the illusion of space.
If you don't have a large mirror, create a gallery of smaller mirrors of varying shapes and sizes.
Use mirrors to brighten up a room that doesn’t have windows or natural light.
If you hang mirrors in a room with windows, place the mirrors directly opposite the windows so that they reflect more light.
Purchase a rug large enough for most of your furniture.
If you have a small house, a small rug can make it feel even smaller.
Make sure rugs in communal areas are big enough to touch each piece of
furniture. Ideally, the surrounding furniture should be able to
partially sit on each one.
Be sure to take measurements of the length and width of your room before buying a rug to make sure it can cover enough space
Find a rug that is large enough to extend from wall-to-wall in at least one direction.
Paint your walls in neutral colors to create an open, welcoming vibe. Aside from colors that work for specific rooms such as dark brown for a reading room neutral palettes are better choices for smaller homes. White, beige, gray, and black are the safest bets. Other options include ivory, cream, sand, camel, khaki, olive, tan, and charcoal.
Keep the color scheme of your rooms cohesive. With a
smaller space, you have fewer things to look at, which means it's easier
to notice clashing elements. Choose a limited color palette and stick
to it. For example, if you paint your walls gray, choose furniture and
accessories that are darker or lighter shades of gray. Try to choose 2
to 3 shades and stick with them.
Add a different color to spice things up, but keep it neutral. For example, a gray color palette would benefit from a loveseat that's a neutral shade of blue.
Look at your room and find anything that sticks out like a sore
thumb. If there's a picture frame or chair that just doesn't fit,
replace it with something that fits the theme! Don’t be afraid to remove
things that you don’t enjoy or that just don’t feel right in the room.
Connect adjoining rooms by using similar colors. For example, match the colors of your living room pillows to the dominant colors in your dining room to create harmony.