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Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating Small Spaces
Posted By:  Website Administrator
Monday, June 22, 2015

Though they’re nowhere near as grand as New York City, living amidst the hustle and bustle of Cincinnati and in the heart of Northern Kentucky will have you be in the actual city, but it also means you make a trade-off of space or location.

When you have your heart set on that loft apartment overlooking the Ohio River or having the perfect view of the city skyline, how you decorate your home means all the difference. Following these do’s and don’ts for a small space are easy with the Kelly Bros. team of experts on the case.

DO …
     Utilize storage space when you think you have none. Get creative when decorating your small space. Look to the back of a door to place over-the-door hooks, baskets, racks, etc. as an instant home for your shoes, cleaning supplies, winter coat, or more.

     Add cubbies, shelves, hanging space, etc. where you can for extra storage. If your small space has multiple levels, placing cubbies under the stairs makes an unused area functional. (Plus, under-the-stairs storage means it’s not taking up extra room in an already small home!)

     Buy furniture that fits the measurements accordingly. A small home won’t do well with an oversized couch — it will make an already small space seem smaller. Look to modular seating arrangements, as they actually take up less room than traditional seating options.

     Choose color fittingly when painting the walls. When going to decorate, it’s no secret that crisp white makes a small space seem more inviting and expansive. But you don’t have to limit yourself to white; bold colors can have a similar effect when done properly. Decorating and painting with bold colors not only can make a small space seem larger than it is, but they can also make it feel more dramatic, when done in a monochrome color scheme.

DON’T …
     Paint your walls without permission if you’re renting. Beige and cream are no one’s favorite colors, but your landlord may take the money out of your security deposit if your idea of decorating was painting without asking or if he or she has to repaint.

     Have an overabundance of patterns in one room. Small space + a multitude of patterns = overwhelming. Instead, choose one bold pattern as your decorating focal piece and include solid colors that reflect the pattern.

     Add clutter. We’re only human, so it’s understandable if over the years you have more stuff than you know what to do with. But with the extra storage you’ve now added (See the second bullet point under the “DO” column), clutter shouldn’t be in plain sight. Remove excess clutter from desks or tables by decorating with suspending lights — you’ll have more room to work or eat now!

     Think you’re stuck with a traditional bathroom design. A small space means you’ll probably have a small bathroom. For a small bathroom, square or rectangular sinks can make it feel especially cramped. Round sinks and pedestal sinks make a bathroom walk-able and less like that you’ll have to maneuver around a bulky sink.

There is one last step to follow when opting to decorate your small home: do keep it simple and have fun! It’s your home that you’re decorating; don’t feel like you have to go overboard when living in a small space. Keep your decorating themes as simple or make as much of a statement as you want. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder homeowner.



 
 
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