City dwellers, college students, retirees and many others often choose to live in condos, apartments, lofts, or small homes. The key to maximizing these living quarters is to take advantage of the space that is available, making it functional while utilizing the right décor to create a roomier, airy feel. Here are some tips to help make this happen, wherever your small space might be.
Choosing a Color Palette
Choosing the proper color scheme is absolutely critical to small interior décor. Although obviously still a matter of personal preference, it's best to go with light colors throughout. It's not uncommon to see an entire space painted white or in shades of neutrals as these colors tend to create a much roomier feel. Other cool colors such as light shades of blue or gray can also establish this effect. Bolder color can be added in décor items or even as an accent wall. In cases where bolder wall color is utilized, an abundance of natural light should be present in order to maintain that larger, roomy feel.
A lighter palette should also be considered when choosing flooring, cabinetry and even furniture. Lighter stains of wood, painted wood or tile and carpet selections help to further enhance the feel of a larger space.
Let the Light In
Natural light is the absolute best way to establish the feel of a much larger, airier room. Welcome the light into your space wherever possible, and do your best not to obstruct its path.
Select window treatments such as blinds or sheers that easily open and close, welcoming in the sun during daylight hours but maintaining privacy at night. Hang your curtain rods high and choose curtains that hang to the floor. This aids in creating the feel of a taller space.
Take Advantage of a Small Kitchen Space
A smart kitchen design remains paramount to taking full advantage of a small space. Keep it open, light and utilitarian. Incorporate a breakfast bar with stools that tuck underneath neatly. Workspace and paths to the refrigerator, sink and stove should remain unobstructed and easily accessible. Consider stacking appliances if possible. A pull-out pantry and cabinetry with pull-out drawers can be useful when space is at a premium. To ensure you're taking full advantage of all cabinet and storage space, transfer large or bulky store-bought items to airtight containers or canisters for stacking. Consider a pot rack to further save on cabinet space and maintain a functional working space. Countertop items should also be functional and kept to a minimum.
Decorating Any Small Space: Function First!
Furniture, wall décor and storage capabilities are all critical considerations when decorating a small space.
Choose furniture that serves a dual purpose. Utilize a large trunk or something comparable for a coffee table to provide precious storage space. Consider tables with leafs that can be stored compact and utilized in full when you plan for company. Table ensembles with benches also make a great option and utilize minimal space.
Built-in dressers are another great space-saving option, as are daybeds or even Murphy beds for studio spaces or in rooms that may serve a dual purpose.
Keep wall décor to a minimum! Consider a few large pieces of art, but add mirrors without question. They create an illusion of a larger space by adding dimension and also aid in the dispersion of natural light throughout your space, further enhancing a roomier feel.
Incorporate shelving whenever possible, utilizing your vertical wall space. Add decorative baskets under benches, coffee or end tables, and even under beds to maximize storage space and keep your small space tidy.
Decorating a small space can be somewhat challenging, but by keeping these tips in mind when decorating your studio, apartment or multipurpose room, you will create a much larger feel.