Dynamically innovative décor with some kind of aesthetic intent is not necessarily about the size of the room.
In many cases, it is desirable to decorate a small living or work space with just a few pieces of furniture and accessories, or maybe even through the decision to not furnish at all.
The main thing here is to achieve that special effect with a minimum of elements and enable the room’s interior to make a multifunctional statement, whether it is for personal pleasure or purpose.
Here are 7 tips for decorating small spaces or rooms:
- Neutral colors
- Natural light
- Simple patterns
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1. Use neutral colors throughout the room
Soft colors are supposed to go well with many different styles, but when it comes to decorating a single room, it really helps if you pick a color scheme that meshes with the theme.
Neutral colors like beige, ivory, taupe and gray allow your room to grow with your tastes, so try not to be too aggressive while choosing colors.
More importantly though, the colors you choose for your home should match the space’s floor plan, so if it’s a single room house, you don’t want to make it look like a baby’s room!
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A minimalist theme with neutral decorating schemes can help create a balance between a soothing, peaceful atmosphere and an organized feel.
Try painting walls two different shades of the same hue to give the room a layered effect and add a sense of depth.
For example, light gray can be used as the main wall color, while darker gray adds a strong contrast and gentle shadows.
2. Let there be light!
In addition to choosing a neutral color scheme that suits your home, you should also make sure you have enough natural light inside.
Light is essential to any room because it allows you to create cozy environments while making small rooms look larger (that’s why big windows are important).
Bright and airy spaces also make you feel more positive and energized.
The glow of daylight is also a must have in a room because it is considered to be a factor in creativity and productivity.
Deliberate lighting within your home (or office for that matter) is important in order to create specific moods within different areas of your home.
To lighten up your room, consider the following:
- choose a bright rug
- opt for light, bright draperies and window treatments
- add vibrant artwork
- install a skylight if you own the room
- make use of various lighting options, such as pendant lights, sconces and table lamps
- add mirrors to reflect more light from different angles
- consider high-gloss paint color and ceiling
3. Keep patterns simple
Prints, patterns and busy designs can help pull an entire room together, but it’s very important to use them sparingly and carefully.
Bringing in a bundle of bits of fabric, fabric swatches and patterns to cover every space can be too much.
While it’s easy to be drawn into choosing the right one, there’s a risk of causing confusion with too many patterns.
Instead, choose one area of the room to showcase your favorite fabric and use that as a design element in other areas.
To pull the room together, choose a similar color palette for each area and use that palette for everything in the room with an accent color or two.
Remember to pick out a prominent piece or star of the room, such as the bed, sofa or TV wall, to showcase your favorite pattern that is tasteful enough not to distract from the rest of the design.
Patterned rug or throw pillow that coordinates with the feature wall can also make a great accent and a continuation of the patterning without overpowering the room.
4. Use symmetry
Symmetry is important to remember when decorating a room.
It’s not about arranging furniture in perfect straight lines; it makes the room more balanced, which can help lead to more effective use of space.
Symmetrical arrangements of objects have a balanced look by definition and typically make everything look more unified.
Mixing and matching various items with similar characteristics in the same space or using materials that complement each other is another good way to achieve a balanced look.
For example, placing a pair of identical items on either side of the mirror, window, door, portrait picture, TV, bed, couch, shelving unit, desk, or other pieces of furniture not only helps emphasize the space and create the impression of importance, it also provides a harmonious visual experience when it’s done correctly.
5. Use wallpaper as art
An eclectic mix of wall graphics and pictures can give your room a more contemporary look and feel.
Use wallpaper as art by wallpapering one side of your room and then hang a large piece of art over the top, or use wallpaper to create simple borders around your room.
If you want to get creative, you can make your own wallpapers with fabric and patches.
Ready-made artworks, framed or unframed prints of your favorite artists, and vinyl records can all serve as wall decoration.
Grouping the pieces in an arrangement is key to making them look clean and simple.
6. Create space with storage solutions
Small-space storage solutions are something that all homes need – even if you do have the luxury of a bigger home, there will still be some areas that need tidying up.
When trying to figure out how to create storage in a small space you’ll want to look at what you can store higher up, because this will free up space on the ground level.
Alternatively, hiding your storage beneath an existing piece of furniture or a flip-top upholstered storage bench could be the best option to stylishly disguise your clutter.
Behind-door-storage is a smart way of utilizing vertical spaces and keeping essentials off the floor.
7. Add focal points with accessories
Oriented spaces need points of interest to prevent eye-fatigue.
Otherwise, the risk is creating a space with no focal point and it will also look rather dull.
Focal points can also break up a drab, bland space by turning into different directions and providing contrast with each other in terms of size and color.
For example, a fat vase with branches in the corner or a pot filled with lush banana plants on one side of your door or wall can be used as a natural dominant highlight that will ease tension from an otherwise monochromatic room.
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Other ideas include:
- accent chair
- unique light fixtures
- decorative mirror
- accent / feature walls
- wall art