Although many view small living spaces as an unfortunate obstacle that ultimately limits the creative process associated with interior design, I would argue that it only amplifies one’s ability to be creative and make the most of the situation.
The important thing to remember when attempting to maximize a small living space is that the quality is much more important than the quantity. While with larger living spaces, it is easy to become lazy and complacent, allowing for unnecessary clutter and poor arrangements to present themself, decorating a small space requires precision and thoughtful planning.
If done correctly, decorating a small living space can be an exciting process and even turn out to look much more fashionable than a larger living area.
Put Thought Into The Walls
First and foremost, it’s important to put the proper thought into what goes on the walls, which includes paint, artwork and TV’s.
The first decision you will have to make when attempting to maximize a small living space is the color you want the walls to be. To maximize the space, you have two options that work best: either paint the walls a light color – preferably white – or paint each section a different color in order to highlight a different purpose. Although simply painting the walls white is easiest, dividing sections of the room by paint color is a risk that can certainly make the room pop if done correctly.
Also, be sure to decorate the walls with nice artwork that is hung high up on the walls to give the impression of larger ceilings.
Keep Furnishings at a Minimum
Another way to make the most of a small living space is to keep furniture at a minimum. This may mean putting furniture you like into storage, but it is worth it in order to make the room stand out.
With that said, don’t shy away from larger furniture items. The goal is to go with less furniture items, but not necessarily smaller furniture items. Despite how it may seem, larger furniture items make the room feel larger.
Be sure to make the most of the furniture by adding multi-purpose items, such as a couch that folds into a bed.
Stay Flexible With The Arrangement
It’s also important to stay flexible with your arrangement, meaning don’t set it and leave it.
Instead, continue to mix it up and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Try replacing more traditional furniture with bolder furniture.
It’s important to take risks when working with small living spaces. In the event the arrangement doesn’t work, you can always readjust and try again.
Utilize Outside Space
Last but not least, be sure to utilize outside space whenever it is possible, especially when dealing with a house that is small and not just a single room.
By adding a nice porch or deck to your home, you can increase the amount of useable space and utilize more furniture items.
Therefore, if you don’t like the idea of reducing the amount of furniture you have inside your home, you can still keep the furniture and open up space within the home by adding outdoor living areas, such as a screen porch or deck.
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