|Home Decorating For Smaller Spaces
by: Bonnie P Carrier
“Big Things Come In Small Packages” We’re all familiar with this
quote, it’s normally associated with gifts not home decorating, but it
A one or two bedroom house, apartment, condo or townhouse can be
just as impressive and grand as something with fifteen bathrooms, Wow,
imaging having to clean all those, I have enough trouble with two.
One interesting things I have found from past experience is that
decorating a smaller place is actually easier, not to mention less
Whether your currently living in a small space or downsizing –
that’s another one of those trendy “buzz” words, which simply means
your moving into something smaller – planning how your going to
decorate or redecorate is a good idea.
You may think because it’s smaller, having large pieces is out of
the question. Not true, having oversized furniture is not going to
make your rooms appear smaller, what it will do is give a warm
inviting feeling. Of course the layout and size of a room will
determine how many pieces can comfortably go into it. After all, you
may be looking for drama and comfort, but you still need to be able to
This also applies to accessories; it’s better to have a few large
dramatic pieces as opposed to a lot of small items, which can tend to
turn into clutter and dust collectors. The exception to this would be
with collections. But again you want to have places to showcase them
like glass front hutches, cabinets, bookcases or shelves.
Another decorating challenge can be in warming up your new place.
This normally can easily be achieved by adding color with paint. Now
that’s all fine and good unless you happen to be renting and your
landlord say’s “Paint, oh no”. That’s ok; color can be added in a
number of other ways. Several examples:
- Window treatments
- Furniture fabric
- Accent pillows
- Area rugs
- Wall art
- Plants & Flowers
Storage can be another issue in a smaller space, there just never
seems to be enough. If you’re buying new furniture or deciding on
which pieces to bring from your current home, look for ones that can
perform double duty.
- Instead of the standard coffee table, look for one with a flip
top or shelves underneath. Cedar chests, blanket chests or trunks
can also be substituted.
- Place an armoire intended for the bedroom in the living room
it’s the perfect storage place for remotes, magazines, extra
bedding, kitchen linen or any of those pesky little things you just
can’t seem to find a place for.
- A small floor cabinet you might have used in a bathroom can
become an end table. Most of these come with drawers, shelves or
- Decorative stacking boxes or even old suitcases not only make
for great storage, but the also become terrific accessories.
- Plastic storage boxes come in a variety of sizes, colors and are
inexpensive. They can be stacked on shelves in a closet or cabinet,
even into drawers. Clear smaller sizes are perfect storage for
shoes, winter gloves, pictures or how about extension cords, nails,
packages of hooks or hand tools. Larger sizes can keep extra winter
coats, blankets, odd season clothes or seasonal decorations neat and
in one place.
- Baskets and hampers are another option.
- Kids rooms are always in need of extra places for all their
treasures, plastic milk crates are perfect for them. They come in
many bright brilliant colors. One suggestion, if you are planning on
stacking the crates and have small children it would be beneficial
to secure them to the wall.
- Plastic shelving units, which can be found in most discount
stores, are perfect for mounting on the backs of doors or on the
wall in closets. These come in especially handy in the kitchen for
holding extra soda bottles, canned goods, paper towel etc.
Well, I think you’ve gotten the idea, look around and use your
imagination; you will be surprised with what you can come up with.
Moving into and decorating a small space can be challenging, but
with a little planning it can be just a beautiful as any large house.
And in the end size really doesn’t matter, if it’s filled with the
people and things you love, then you have successfully created a home.
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|About The Author
Bonnie P. Carrier is the creator of Savvy Home Decorating. She is the
mother to two grown daughters and a very spoiled 4yr old Blue
Merle Sheltie named Toby. Having been a homemaker for over 23yrs
has provided years of experience in budget decorating and
organization. Stop by Savvy Home Decorating -
www.savvy-home-decorating.com - for ideas and tips on budget