5 Design Tips for Small Spaces

December 12, 2020

What are some design tips for small spaces?

  1. Brighten It Up
  2. Get Creative
  3. Add Mirrors
  4. Use Collapsible Furniture
  5. Declutter


Who says that you can’t make a small room look amazing? Sure, it can be daunting to fit everything into a single room, but once you get the hang of these design tips for small spaces, then it’ll be a breeze.

When you’re decorating a small area, you want to keep in mind that it’s important to give it the illusion of space. You want to make sure that you’re working with the things that you have, while also not sacrificing the aesthetic appeal. Don’t be afraid to get rid of the things you don’t need anymore. At the same time, encourage yourself to get creative about the type of furniture you use.

You could do simple tricks like adding more sources of lighting, putting up mirrors, using foldable furniture, or even something as simple as decluttering! Listed below are some tips that could transform any small area of your house into a wonder to behold. Let’s get started!


Brighten It Up

Brighten It Up

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Lighting — and this cannot be stressed enough — is immensely important when it comes to small space redesigns. Think about it: you’re already working with a limited area. You definitely don’t want to block out any natural sources of light that can make every element in the room shine.

Start off by getting rid of those old, bland, curtains that don’t really fit in well with the rest of the area. Allow natural lighting to wash over the space so that it gives a livelier and more spacious vibe. Or, you could also replace these curtains with modern window treatments like woven shades, or any kind of window shutter that can be configured with ease.


Get Creative

Get Creative

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You’ve probably heard this one too many times, but getting creative and resourceful is the key to making a small room work. You don’t have to buy new fixtures that can fit your small space — instead, look into the other objects in your house that you can repurpose.

For example, instead of buying a small bedside table, try to find a small but sturdy flat-seated chair where you could place small items like your phone, an indoor plant, or a small lamp.

If you really want to take it up a notch, you could also start ditching bulky objects like stand fans, tables — or virtually anything you can think of. Replace these objects instead with something more portable that can be conveniently switched around.


Add Mirrors

Add Mirrors

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As said before, mirrors are ideal in low-square-foot areas because they can provide the illusion that the room is much bigger than it actually is. You’ll want to place the mirrors in strategic locations where they could reflect backlighting into your space.

If there are any windows in the area, try finding a spot where the mirror could be placed beside it. This is another great way of shining more light into the room, especially if there are limited sources of light.

Aside from that, you could also play around with placing mirrors on opposite sides of the room. Try finding a good angle to do this while also seeing to it that you’re not transforming the room into a hall-of-mirrors amusement park attraction.


Use Collapsible Furniture

Use Collapsible Furniture

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Collapsible or foldable furniture are hallmarks of any small space. They’re the ultimate space savers with the ability to make your small room much easier to navigate.

Let’s say you’re trying to make a small kitchen area work. If you’re having a hard time fitting and squeezing into narrow areas, then it’s probably high-time to explore other options. For example, you could use pullout kitchen tables instead or a dual kitchen cabinet that also serves as a small dining space.

Foldable furniture does have a reputation for lacking elegance, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Once again, this is where you should put your creativity to the test and start considering custom-built fixtures that can make any area roomier.




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Maybe all your room needs is a simple decluttering. After all, getting rid of objects and furniture that you’re no longer using is one of the simplest ways to make a small room work.

Start by discarding any non-reusable object that you’ve been putting off in a while. If you have any leftover cardboard boxes, for example, you may want to remove them instead and find a different area in your house where they could be stored/reused.

Ultimately, it all depends on you on what kind of things you want to remove. But once you get it done, you’ll be surprised at just how much space has been lying around this whole time.


Key Takeaway

With this simple guide, you’ve learned some useful design tips for small spaces. You could do something as simple as decluttering the room, to other techniques like adding more light into the space, adding foldable objects, or incorporating mirrors.

It’s all up to you on how you can implement these practices in any part of your home, be it the bedroom, kitchen, dining room, or living room.

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