You’ve got a crammed space. Trust me, I feel your pain.
You see while growing up as a kid, my bedroom was in the kitchen.
Yup, you read right.
It was me, my three sisters and we grew up in a tiny studio apt in NYC. Small as hell, but my mother did what she could with what she had.
My mother is a savvy little Guatemalan woman and was brilliant enough to take advantage of the fact that the kitchen was in a separate room. So she got creative and put up a fake partition wall to create a bedroom for me and my big sis with bunk beds and all (I guess that decorating is in my DNA). She was able to maximize the space.
It was embarrassing I tell you and I recall making excuses for friends not to come over especially since they all lived in houses overflowing with space. I was so jealous.
I remember at night closing my eyes and imagining having the prettiest bedroom that a girl could ask for.
Perhaps your small space isn’t as bad as mine was when I was a kid so here are some useful small space decorating tips that are going to make your lack-of-space-situation just a bit more bearable because living in a small space is hard, but not impossible.
Small Space Decorating Tip #1: Use Double Duty Pieces
Make your money stretch and save some space while you are at it by buying furniture that can be used for more than one thing.
Try a coffee table with some storage, an ottoman as a side table and extra seating or a console table that also works as a work station. Get in the habit of seeing things differently. Just because you spot a console table doesn’t mean that it has to be used as one. I told you that you’d be getting creative didn’t I?
Small Space Decorating Tip #2: Transparent Furniture Pieces
Place a transparent piece in your room like a side table, chair or coffee table. It it will serve it’s purpose without taking up much visual space in your room.
Just remember to place something on it so that you or your guests doesn’t bump into it! (I think I just helped you to avoid a big bruised toe! You can thank me later!) Try a pretty vase full of flowers or a picture frame will do for a table. Want a transparent chair? Try a nice throw or pillow.
Small Space Decorating Tip #3: Raise Your Curtains and Not Your Glass
Is it that obvious that I LOVE P!nk? Ha!
Make your room seem taller by hanging your curtains about an inch from your ceiling.
I bet you’ll notice the huge difference this will make in your room. Oh and while you are at it, make sure that your curtains are long enough that they’ll reach the floor. If they don’t, just get some fabric and sew or use iron on tape to add some length to your curtains.
Small Space Decorating Tip #4: Get The Right Sized Furniture
Select furniture that fits well in your small space – better known as scale. This is super important especially when you are tight on space.
I’m going to share a cool decorator’s tip only because I’m cool like that and I like to share.
When you are out shopping, make sure that you take along some measuring tape. While we are on the subject, go ahead and grab it from your toolbox and drop it in your purse now. This way you’ll have it handy. Who cares if people look at you sideways when you bust out your measuring tape at Homegoods?
I do it all the time! It’s such a time saver and really minimized the many, many f bombs that I would drop whenever I would bring home a piece that was way too big for my room.
Small Space Decorating Tip #5: Use Mirrors
They are the best for making your room seem bigger because they bounce off light throughout your room.
There are many ways to use wall mirrors in your room: hang them horizontally/vertically, lean them up against the wall or group small mirrors together similar to a photo wall gallery. There are so many layouts that you can go with like these 6 easy layout ideas to help get you started.
Small Space Decorating Tip #6: Revamp Your Ceiling
Don’t forget that 5th wall!
Dress it up with a pop of color, wall paper or a pretty stencil. It will be sure to demand some attention, leading your eyes to the ceiling as soon as you walk into your room. It’s a good old trick for taking away the obvious…that your room is teany tiny.
Which tip will you be using in your small space? Share by leaving me a comment below or simply share this post with your peeps!
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