Many of you have asked for tips on how to decorate a small space. As you all know, living in Boston can be extremely challenging to make your house feel like a home. Many of us rent, space is limited, and buildings are old. Well, no worries- I’ve got 5 easy ways to help decorate your small space & make a comfortable, serene area for you to come home to after a long day!
1. Go Vertical
This is the best, and easiest, way to maximize your space. Think bookshelves (decorating tips found here), floating shelves, tall dressers, curtains hung high, etc. Here are a few great examples of key pieces you could use:
2. Keep it Clean
Now, while I agree that one of the easiest ways to make a small space feel smaller is to have it messy, disorganized & cluttered room, I’m talking about the other kind of clean- streamlined & clean to the eye! I am a huge advocate for neutral furniture & white linens. (Don’t be scared of white sheets or towels- you can bleach anything!) I strongly recommend sticking to a neutral zone- use whites, creams, grays, glass, lucite…these all work well together and help create a clean, classic, beautiful home that can’t help but look bigger & nicer! For more inspiration on neutral spaces, see this post.
3. Maximize Light
Don’t we all wish we could live in a beautiful home with floor-to-ceiling windows & endless light?! Well, unless you’re really rich or super lucky, you probably have normal size windows and an average amount of daylight…especially tough when it gets dark here by 5pm in winter! Use what you’ve got to your advantage- add mirrors to help reflect the light, stick to light wall colors (think whites/grays/tans/light blues), keep rugs on the lighter side & be sure to add enough table & floor lamps. It’s amazing how much “faux lighting” you can create with the right tricks- and I promise, a bright, open space will make you feel more productive & cheerful each day!
4. Utilize Wall Space
This one kind of goes alone with #1: go vertical. To take it a step further, use wall space in every which way- horizontal stripes on a wall make it feel wider, while vertical stripes make it feel taller (check out this before & after picture here). Also, consider adding a gallery wall, or create a hanging terrarium. Putting pictures, mirrors, decorations & plants on the wall not only allow you to display more in your small space, but it frees up floor space, which gives the illusion that your space is bigger. Winning all around!
5. Double Duty
Purchasing items that can be used for “double duty” is one of my favorite tricks. Next time you’re buying something, or cleaning out your home, think “can I use this piece in multiple ways?”. This mentality really triggers practical purchasing and promotes creativity when styling your home! Think of all the many ways you can use trays, cake stands, bar carts, vases, ottomans, baskets & more!