I get asked all the time by clients that their home seems too small and how can they incorporate design tips for living in a small space. Personally, I love working with smaller spaces because you can make it feel warm and inviting, while not losing aesthetic, faster than larger spaces. There are many ways to use everyday items in our home in multiple ways when working in smaller living spaces, plus, repurposing certain types of furnishings to provide double duty. So today I am sharing my go-to ideas, and, these are not just “ideas,” but tips I personally have incorporated into my cozy home. aka cozy = small.
10 Tips & Ideas for Living In A Small Space:
1. Free floating shelves
I love stacking free floating shelves above a console table, to create a workspace or simply to display your collections. The reason free floating works is because you are not taking up more floor space with bookshelves or etagere.
2. Use built-in benches or storage benches
I have built-in benches in the kitchen that we use daily, but I store all of our Christmas decor inside. If you can’t use built-ins cause you are in a rental, then purchase storage benches to use in your eat-in or dining and actually store items inside.
3. Use console tables or desks in your living space
This is my fave! I have an old bankers desk in my living room behind our sofa. I use it daily to sit and work, it is my go-to workspace. BUT, when we are entertaining, I simply remove my laptop and place a tray with drinks, appetizers or create a dessert table.
3. Multi-Use bar carts
Bar carts are a small spaces best friend. They are great for entertaining, but be strategic with it and don’t just fill it up with some great wine and bottles of Tito’s. Style half of it for entertaining the other half for everyday collections, books, or a drop off station.
4. Layered rugs add depth and texture to small spaces
Small spaces can fall flat when you think you cannot add too many pieces of furniture or decorative items. Which I understand that sometimes small spaces need less, SO add layers on the floor, takes up no space and will give a sense of warmth and style without taking up any valuable real estate.
5. Use floor mirrors
Large floor mirrors will undoubtedly expand any space and using them in strategic corners, or on smaller walls will make any space feel larger.
6. Use tiered stands on counter tops
I love this idea not only for the kitchen but in the bathroom as well. Also, go ahead and add it to an end table and you have extra shelving for collections.
7. Wall mounted lighting
So happy that wall sconces is on a high trend now. For years we were focused on table and floor lamps forgetting that these amazing fixtures existed. I use them in our bedrooms, instead of nightstand table lamps, but you can use them in the living room over a sofa if your end tables are too small.
8. Make a statement
A small space can easily become muted. Just because your space is small don’t be afraid to go bold. You can do this with an accent wallpaper, bold dark color on the walls, or a strong pop of bold fabric. GO for it.
9. Add built-in bookcases or etagere
Always go up in a small space. If you can add tall built-in bookcases, great. If you can’t, then etagere are a perfect fit to draw the eye upwards, which leads us into the final decor trick too.
10. Hang your curtains high
Now, I know this has become a well known fact in the last few years but I still get clients who has where to hang their curtains and they have small living room or bedroom condos. The higher the better! It will make any space seem larger.
After reviewing all the ideas, I look back and see in many of the photos a few of each tip in them. From layering rugs, to wall sconces, and more. So go ahead and implement one or many of these tips in your space. I hope these ideas for small spaces will help you and gram even more design tips from us right HERE.
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I am a yoga pants wearing (I don’t do yoga), hockey carpool mom of 3, that decided eight years ago to begin a Home Staging & Design firm. Not expecting for it to explode or becoming one of Chicago’s mom-preneurs, I decided I needed to share the true in’s and out’s of my client projects, home DIY’s, and the reality of doing it all while balancing a sane (somewhat sane) family life through my true self, Keki.