5 Tips for Decorating a Small Space

So you have a new apartment or home and its the best feeling in the world. Freedom is ringing in your ears and you don’t know what to do with yourself. We know, we’ve been there. There seems to be only one problem:

It’s. Small. Af.

Whether you just landed this amazing place or you’ve had it for a while, there are definitely rules out there to follow when your space is limited. You want your spot to look chic, fun, spacious, and reflect your personal style, right? Sounds like a lot to accomplish in such a small space.

No Worries. We got you.

Here are 5 of the most basic tips to consider when decorating a small space, no matter what your home decor style is:

1. Less is More!

When you only have a little bit of space to work with, the last thing that you want to do is fill every nook and cranny with decor items. You will help create the illusion of more space by having less things in a room. Go for the essentials, then experiment and add a few details. In this case, a little goes a long way!

Small Studio with the Essentials via HGTV
Small Studio with the Essentials
via HGTV

2. Use mirrors and natural light to multiply your space.

Utilize the reflection of mirrors to make your space look even bigger than it is. Place a mirror on or against a wall that is opposite a window or source of natural light. This will reflect the light into the mirror and throughout your home, creating the illusion of a more spacious home.

Small space with mirror via
Small space with mirror

3. Go for multiple smaller pieces or one big one.

When space is a factor, try to opt for smaller pieces of furniture. Its easy to find smaller furniture no matter what your style or budget may be. If you want your space to seem bigger and more spacious, smaller pieces will take up less square-footage and make everything seem less crowded. We want to maximize our space, not cover it up with big, bulky furniture. Or you can choose just one big piece and let EVERYTHING else be minimal. For example, put one couch in the center, then surround it with smaller chairs, tables, or footstools.

Accent couch via
Accent couch

4. Keep a neutral color palette, then add a pop or two of color.

Using a lot of different colors in a space gives off a vibe that there is just a lot going on. There is no focus. Now, there is most definitely a way to make the colorful look work, for my bohemian and ethnic decor style ladies. But, in a smaller setting, it’s best to limit bold color to a few pops instead of throughout. This makes the space have more continuity and less surprises popping out from every corner. By all means! Have your color! But while you are limited to a tiny living room, your space might look and feel a lot bigger without bold colors being everywhere.

Neutral Palette with pops of color via
Neutral Palette with pops of color

5. Use clear or glass tables, chairs or accessories whenever possible.

If you are into crystal accessories, clear chairs or glass tables, you’re in luck! Using accents and furniture pieces that are see-through help create an illusion of space and make it seem like there is less space being taken up by furniture.If these type of pieces are your style, use them in a classy and sophisticated way to make sure you are not bordering on “high-school glam.” Crystal candle holders, a clear chair with a plush throw or pillow thrown onto it, a beautiful rounded glass coffee table or a metal and glass mini-bar cart all scream “grown-ass woman chic.”

Small Apartment with Clear Chair via Pinterest
Small Apartment with Clear Chair
via Pinterest

Do you have any tips for decorating a small space? Let us know in the comments!


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Maya is the founder of FabFineandFree.com and Fab Fine & Free GLAM Services. She is a mother, pizza-eater and a lover of life. She currently resides in St. Louis, MO.

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