Designing for small spaces may feel like a struggle, and choosing the right furniture can seem daunting, but just because you’re short on square footage doesn’t mean you need to be short on style. Take a cue or two from these interior design tips, and you’ll be making the most of your small space in no time.
When looking for furniture for small spaces, make sure every piece can pull double-duty. Choose a dresser that can also work as a media console in your bedroom, or pick a lift-top cocktail table that can also work as a desk in your living space. Garden stools are petite, stylish and can serve as side tables or even seating in a pinch.
Keep in mind that your aesthetic choices will impact the perceived size of your space. Dark hues absorb light and strong patterns can overwhelm, so stick with light colors and fabrics to make the space feel open and airy. But if you want a bit of unexpected contrast, try one accent wall in a bold hue – since dark colors recede from the eye, it can actually make your space look larger.
In small spaces, hidden storage is your friend. Look for ottomans and benches that open to reveal compartments perfect for throw blankets, electronics and more. Boost your bed a few inches higher for more underbed space, or choose a piece with footboard storage to easily stow bulky sweaters and extra linens.
Still running out of floor space? Don’t be afraid to look up. Your walls are just as useful when maximizing a small room, so mount your TV, hang open shelving and shop for drop-leaf, floating pieces, like desks, nightstands and dining tables. When hanging curtains, place the rod just under the ceiling instead of just above the window – this will naturally draw the eye higher, creating the illusion of more space.
Reflective surfaces will make any room appear larger, so fill up an empty wall by hanging or leaning a large mirror against it. You can also opt for smaller, decorative mirrors as wall décor instead of framed art. The same design principle can apply to your accessories, so select metallic finishes for your lamps, trays and knick-knacks to bring more light into the space.