Decorating Tips for Small Spaces
Whether you are in your first apartment, bought a penthouse, or are just looking to freshen up, these decorating tips will work for smaller spaces. When it comes to working in small spaces, you need a big imagination!
#1. Determine Your Priorities
The first step is to figure out what the most important features are to you? Do you absolutely need a work space with a desk? Do you cook a lot, or is take-out the name of your game? Is a huge, comfy bed a must have, or could you use a bed that fold up into the wall? Maybe you don’t need a formal dining table that seats 8, when a cute breakfast nook will do!
It’s your home, so figure out what is most important to you and where you can save space. Not all of these decorating tips may apply, but some will.
Related: 5 Tips to Staging a Dining Room
#2. Lighten Up!
Lack of natural light, paint colors, dark furniture and accents can all attribute to living in the dark. The second step is to walk through your entire space and note all the dark areas.
If the woodwork and the floors are dark, use more natural colors on the walls and for your furniture like whites, tans, rusts, and soft grays. These colors are very versatile, airy and work well with darker permanent features.
A well placed, light colored rug can do wonders for cheering up a drab room.
If you need more light consider recessed lighting.
For dramatically dark rooms like bedrooms or TV rooms, you can keep the dark and make it work by adding strategic soft lighting like multiple lamps.
#3. Hang a Mirror (or two)
If you place a mirror opposite a window it will help to bounce light around the room, making the space feel airier. Bigger is better.
#4. Change Your Curtains
Standard Apartment issued curtains or blinds are well, YUCK! (and hard to dust). Replace your blinds with some funky or interesting curtains. If you hang them from the floor to the ceiling it will make your room look taller. Flowy and airy is a great look that can cheer up any room.
#5. Use Shelving Wisely
Floating shelves offer storage space without having to resort to bulkiny bookcases. You can even use them for you nightstand or extra storage in the kitchen.
#6. Use Smaller Furniture
Stick to your priorities first (if you have to have a big overstuffed easy chair than keep it), but for other furniture scale it back and try to find pieces that are curvy and stylish. Optical illusions do work, if the room looks bigger because the furniture is smaller than you have succeeded. You can do this without using kid-sized furniture!
#7. More Lighting!
We mentioned it before, but it’s worth repeating. The more lamps and lighting you can add to a space the more cozy and inviting it becomes. If you don’t have room to add all the furniture or storage you would ideally want, add some more lamps. You can’t go wrong.
Short-Term Apartment Rentals
Depending on what type of apartment you are renting, you may have limited ability to change things. If your apartment is a short-term rental you probably won’t be able to change much, or have the time. But the good news is that most likely it comes furnished and the owners have already considered all the details to create an enjoyable space you will feel comfortable in. Check out our short-term rental properties with several locations throughout Boston.