Decorating a Small Home

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So many people are downsizing today, either by choice or by necessity. Having a smaller house can bring some decorating and design challenges that should be discussed. There are some common misconceptions about how to do this correctly. The number one misconception? Using all white will make your space look larger. That is actually not true at all.  Another mistaken belief is that less and smaller furniture is the only option for small home spaces. But decorating in a limited space is more about the furniture placement and a careful use of color.

The Importance of Color Choice 

It may seem strange, but sharp, bright colors seem to  work best in smaller spaces, (along with plenty of negative space between). Experts advise using splashes of color throughout; places like the insides of bookcases, windowsills and throw pillows. 

You can pick one wall in every room as your focal or accent wall and paint it a deeper color than the other walls in the room. This will bring needed depth to a small room.

When it comes to your small kitchen, you can actually to go very bold. One current hot trend is the deep teal kitchen. Don’t be afraid to go a little wild with color. Another room people tend to go neutral is in the bathroom, but this is another place you can have fun with color. Try using royal purple or warm brown.

Just like vertical stripes in clothing make you seem to look taller and thinner, stripes also draw the eye upward in a room. Paint your ceilings a lighter color than the walls to open the room up. Have one dark item in each room to clarify the brighter colors.

Before you begin painting, however, heed a word of caution:  Experiment first with a small can of the paint. Paint a small area to see if you like it. At some local hardware stores they even have tools you can use to see what the color might look like in a virtual room. Give that a try!

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More tips to make your small space look great 

1.  Use mirrors. Mirrors reflect light and create more depth in a room. It really works. Hang mirrors opposite your of your windows. Also try hanging groups of mirrors as you would groups of pictures.

2.  You may have very limited storage space, so the best thing to do in the kitchen is to hang things. Pots and pans, utensils, even china, which can be both functional and decorative.

  When you have extremely limited space, use a trunk for an end table, putting some clothing inside if needed. Buy furniture, such as ottomans and tables, that have storage space inside. Put up shelving. Be sure to arrange the shelves in a visually pleasing way, interspersing necessities with decorative touches.

  You must create negative space wherever you can in order to reduce a cluttered, claustrophobic feeling.

  Use sheer window coverings to let in the light.

  Most importantly, let your own personal style shine through regardless of how much space you have to work with. Let your space reflect who you are, and visitors won’t even notice the size.


For more information on decorating or home staging, please contact me!  I'm here to help you.

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