If you happen to drive around the city, what you will probably notice is the abundance of new residential buildings popping up here and there. More and more condominium properties are on sale every month and aspiring homeowners often get their pick of property in terms of location, size, and price. Since the available spaces are not exactly big, there is now more need to be able to maximize the given floor space in a small home. Thankfully, there are tips and tricks in decorating a small space.
Seven Tips in Decorating a Small Space
1. Open up the space by using neutral and light colors.
When it comes to colors, keep in mind that light colors visually open up the space while dark colors make it more confined. The small space usually benefits more when you use white walls and neutral-toned pieces of big furniture.
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2. Optimize your walls for storage.
More often than not, walls are overlooked for its use in terms of storage space. They are often used for hanging decorative wall art and paintings but rarely with open shelf storage, maybe because it would entail some DIY skills. However, for small spaces, using wall storage is a must. One must also keep in mind that too much clutter will greatly affect the illusion of an open space in the home. The trick, therefore, is to keep things organized. Wall shelves can be used to store books, small decorative items, and some valuable knick-knacks. The knick-knacks can be stored in bins and stackable boxes.
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3. Use mirrors to give the illusion of more space.
These days, mirrors are not just used for dressers. Sometimes, they are hung on walls in place of paintings. Not only do they brighten up the space, they are also excellent wall décor pieces.
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4. Use technology for more space.
The average consumer has three or more gadgets that they keep at all times. Smart phones are becoming smarter and tablets are getting smaller and yet more efficient. When you are lacking much needed home space, technology is your friend. For example, books. I do not recommend shunning printed works altogether because they do make great informative and functional décor pieces but when space is an issue, opt for ebooks and digital literature instead. This way, you still get indulge in your reading hobby and still enjoy less clutter and more space in your home.
5. Choose small patterns.
When you’re choosing linens or materials for your small home, it’s best to choose small patterns as design accents. I like big patterns myself but they tend to visually shrink the space. Smaller patterns give the illusion that you have a bigger space and they add more visual interest and texture.
6. Use multi-functional furniture.
Who says that you can’t have more hidden storage or additional room use in your small home? When you’re buying furniture, choose something that can extend the function of the space. For example, a sofa bed. They’re great when you have friends over and you’re lacking a guest room.
7. Give the illusion of tall windows.
I’ve used this trick time and again in my interior projects. To give the illusion of height, I often use light colored drapes and sheer curtains. I will hang these on a rod that’s close to the finished ceiling height. Although the window opening doesn’t usually reach high up into the ceiling, the taller drapes make it appear that you have a higher ceiling height than what you really have.
Cher Cabula is an interior designer by profession currently working for a design firm in Makati City. She got her Bachelor's degree from the University of the Philippines. While practicing full-time as an interior designer, she also maintains a lifestyle blog- Cher Cabula's Mindbox, writes as a Senior Writer for When in Manila and also keeps up with her hobbies of calligraphy and watercolor sketching through her Instagram - @chercabula.
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