House Decorating For Small Spaces
From clever storage solutions to simple room dividers, learn how to make the most of your small-space situation with these 10 creative ideas of house decorating for small spaces.
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Picture One: Clever Kitchen Storage
Clever Kitchen Storage
While regular kitchen cupboards serve a useful purpose, there’s something eye-catching and appealing about these open (and organized) storage shelves. Designer John Gidding wanted to separate the kitchen from the dining area but still keep the entire space open and airy. By adding the small wall divider, he was able to turn a small kitchen into two separate rooms. Plus, the floor-to-ceiling shelves are the perfect place to store and display favorite items and pretty glassware.
Picture Two: Stair Space
Sometimes necessity brings about the best and most creative ideas. A shortage of space is an inspiring dilemma with potentially great results. In order to make use of absolutely every available space in her apartment, online lifestyle editor Briana turned the open space under the stairs into a home office.
Picture Three: Table for Two
Table for Two
Every small-space dweller knows that hidden storage and two-in-one furniture make coping with space limitations just a bit easier. This clever coffee table not only has a great hidden compartment to store remotes and magazines, but it also turns into a dinner table for two.
Picture Four: Home Office Nook
Home Office Nook
When dealing with a small bedroom, don’t let any extra space go unused. Designer Brian Patrick Flynn turned this nook between two small closets into a simple and efficient workstation. Adding shelves above the desk provides extra space to display and store books. Because the desk is built into the wall, it takes up little room and still leaves an open path in the bedroom.
Picture Five: Well-Worked Window Treatments
Well-Worked Window Treatments
To make a small living room appear more spacious, add floor-to-ceiling window treatments. This eclectic living room features extra-high ceilings, despite its small floor plan. This simple addition will automatically draw eyes up the wall for a much larger feel
Picture Six: Multipurpose Space
Sometimes, a multipurpose space is unavoidable, and your home office and guest bedroom must inhabit the same space. To make the best of this situation, use the surrounding walls to your advantage. Designer John Gidding created a simple desk unit and added a collection of shelves above for necessary storage. Connected to the desk, a stylishly concealed Murphy bed can easily pull out for those occasional guests. During the day, store the bed for a creative and spacious workspace.
Picture Seven: Loft Bed
For older children and even adults, a loft bed is a great way to leave floor space open. It takes advantage of otherwise unused space and makes it possible to add a desk or a seating area in a small room that would have been otherwise overwhelmed by a large bed.
Picture Eight: Keep It Light
Keep It Light
To make your space appear larger, avoid using dark hues. This eclectic living room features a gray focal wall for a punch of color but keeps the rest of the space light and open with crisp, white furniture and white built-in units.
Picture Nine: Curtain Divider
A simple, sheer curtain is a great way to easily divide two spaces. Designer Vanessa DeLeon incorporated a sheer, silk curtain panel into this Asian-style apartment to add a dramatic element and visually separate the living room from the dining room.
Picture Ten: Add a Mirror
Add a Mirror
One of the best (and easiest) tricks in the design world is adding a full-body mirror to visually expand a space. Surrounded by neutral draperies, this tall mirror adds dimension to the space and makes the small bedroom appear much larger. Close the curtains and hide the mirror for a more intimate and enclosed space.
Living in a small space can pose a challenge, but with a few new ideas of house decorating for small spaces and a creative spirit, even the smallest living quarters can make a pretty fantastic home.