How to Decorate a Small Room
We aren’t all lucky enough to live in roomy homes with lofty ceilings and plenty of space. However, that doesn’t mean that decorating small spaces has to be a battle. A modest dwelling can easily be transformed into your own personal palace.
All it takes is a little creativity and faith in your pint-sized abode – why not consider these simple small space ideas….
Choose the right trend…
We all have our favourite interior design trends, but when it comes down to how to decorate a small room, will your preferred style benefit the compact space? While trends such as ‘English heritage’ and ‘country cottage’ can prove a little too busy, simpler styles involving light and airy colours can really open up a room.
If you’re feeling brave, white on white décor is an effective space-creator that needn’t be stark. Simply team white walls and furniture with warm splashes of colour in things like cushions, decorative accessories and rugs. The Arabesque rug in ‘Rust’ is the perfect patterned accompaniment.
Of course, if you’d like even more colour in your life, you could always designate a feature wall. Adorn it with a patterned wallpaper or paint colour of your choice, for an exciting interior that doesn’t feel claustrophobic.
Don’t be afraid of patterns…
Employed correctly, patterns can actually help make a room appear larger. If you’re decorating a small room, choose a colour scheme for your patterned pieces. Maybe wallpaper covered in large multi coloured florals, or a rug swimming with abstract multi-colour design ?
Large patterns add real depth to a room, while complimentary swatches of solid colour employed in furniture, on floors and on the ceiling, help to ground and anchor the space.
An additional way to unify a small room is through the use of repeat patterns. Take vertical stripes: when featured in things like wallpaper, bed skirts and upholstered chairs, they create a continuous aesthetic alongside the illusion of a higher ceiling.
Be clever with furniture…
Furniture is one of the main stumbling blocks when it comes to decorating small spaces. Do you risk a large, statement piece that could overwhelm your space, or go for a group of smaller items that could appear cluttered? You might be surprised to learn that the former suggestion can actually work much better….
When choosing furniture, deciding placement and how much is too much is important. Remember that visually seeing more floor space = a bigger looking room. Try and lift unnecessary things from the floor for example book cases should be swapped for floating shelves, TV stands cast aside and fix your flat screen to the wall, and when choosing a coffee table choose glass or mirrored which will also visually open up the space. You can the balance out the remaining space and bring the items of furniture together with a large rug, which could also count as your statement piece.
Last but not least think multifunctional…. an ottoman that doubles up as DVD storage, or a bed with built-in drawers. If you have oodles of wall space at your disposal, you could even cut down on clutter by fitting hooks or floating shelves, negating the need for boxes and cupboards. Remember the less clutter the more open the room will feel.
Have a focus…
Creating a focal point to draw the eye to a certain area of the room is an ideal way to create the illusion of space. Placing a rug in the middle of a room, for example, can add warmth and open up floor space, especially if the colour of the rug fits seamlessly with the rest of your décor. Block colours, as seen in the ‘Terracotta’ Polar rug, can work particularly well.
As mentioned earlier, a feature wall can also double up as a focal point-cum-optical illusion. By coating one wall in a cheery wallpaper or rich shade of paint, you can instantly warm up a room and, by extension, create the feeling of space and cosiness.
Decorating your small space can sometimes feel like a challenge, but rather than longing for a lavish house with cavernous rooms, don’t be afraid to experiment and make the most of what you’ve got. You’ll probably find that your small spaces can surprise you!