The price of rent and purchasing property is increasing. It is often the wiser choice to settle for a smaller space to live in. This does not mean, however, that you cannot live in a home that reflects your style. Decorating a small space requires that you combine style and functionality. While this may be a challenge, the reward is priceless: beauty in a home you can afford.
Here are some tips when decorating a small space.
- Plan ahead – Think of your home like a puzzle, every single piece in your house counts. Before building anything, work out exactly what you need and plan accordingly. Customize the space to fit your lifestyle by putting everything down on paper first.
- Store plenty of storage – Choose functional pieces that can double as storage: a stylish trunk that can alternate as footrest of coffee table, tiny storage boxes which can be stacked on top of each other or used individually as chairs, and a bed with pull out drawers entirely beneath them are some of the must-haves in a tiny space. It saves space and hides many of your things from the view to minimize clutter.
- Install vertically – Stack shelves (possibly built into the wall) as high as you can so that you can utilize space for your books, clothes, utensils, and other items without taking up any or very little precious floor space.
- Curate your items – Be mindful of the pieces that you keep at home. Choose a few select and stylish items and always think of their function before buying them. The smaller spaces require a more stringent approach in bringing new items at home and always consider if the item is worth the space it is going to take up.
- Use sections, good lighting, and mirrors – Doubling your office into a kitchen or a dining room is not an unusual choice. Placing a foldable desk or table attached to the wall is a great way to save space. However, it is still better to divide your living space into sections to give the illusion of different rooms as these sections each perform a different function. Using curtains, sliding dividers or even a leek piece of furniture can help. If you can, also add mirrors throughout the house and always use bright lighting to give make the house look bigger.
- Keep it minimalist but occasionally go big in style – Choose one or a few pieces that will stand out as a stylish piece. A nice floor pattern or a bold painting on the wall – make a piece stand out but try to keep the rest as minimalist as possible to make the space visually clean.
Lastly, employ the help of an expert. Often, the best choices can be sourced from those that have been in the business for years. Consider hiring a designer or sourcing from reputable shops with curated choice pieces. A little bit of help goes a long way.