How to Decorate a Small Space

It might feel like decorating a small room is an impossible task. You want it to have individuality, but it can't appear cluttered or disorganized. However, a tiny room can be just as stylish (or possibly even more so) as its larger counterparts. You don't have to forgo elegance just because of the size of your room. We've compiled a list of our favorite small-space design ideas to help you get started on your own. 

Maintain a clear floor

You'll need room for the necessities, but even the most beautifully furnished little room won't work if you can't walk around in it. Floating items, such as shelving and nightstands, may help keep the ground clear of impediments while also providing extra storage if needed. Instead of floor lamps, use sconces and elegant ceiling fixtures. 

Try temporary furniture

Do you really need a workstation and a dining table 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Instead, consider investing in furniture that can be folded away when not in use. You'll save room on the floor of your smaller room and avoid the mounds of mail and work that tend to accumulate on these surfaces. 

Lighting should be a priority

If your small space lacks a window, install various light sources to compensate for the lack of natural light. Light does a mind good! Pair gorgeous ceiling fixtures—either a lovely pendant or a great flush mount, depending on your ceiling height—with sconces, table lights, or taper candles for a warm and cheery ambiance.

Maintain consistency

With limited space, make sure the things you put there are necessary and that they all go together. Whether it's bright and airy or dark and dramatic, stick to a restricted color pallet (brighter is better for small spaces—makes them seem larger). Examining objects with an editor's eye will ensure that they truly belong and that the area does not get cluttered. 

Choose multifunctional pieces

Make the most of your space by investing in storage-friendly furniture. Choose a bed with built-in drawers or benches and ottomans with storage space for blankets and sweaters. Every item in a tiny area must pull its weight: A daybed may be used as a sofa, for example.

Allow pieces to breathe

If possible, move furniture away from the wall and provide adequate room between individual pieces. Don't pack the room full. If it looks cramped, you'll feel cramped. Anything that isn't used frequently, such as side tables or accent chairs, may need to be removed.

Focus on scale

In a tiny area, there's no need to utilize little furniture and décor. The goal is to select a few statement pieces that will act as focal points. Regular-size furniture and large-scale art can be used; you'll just need to utilize fewer items in total.

Match the walls and furniture

Contrasting colors tend to split up a space and make it look smaller than it actually is. Furniture that matches the wall color is less startling and blends in better, creating the impression of a larger space.