Do’s and Don’ts of Decorating Small Spaces
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.
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
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