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8 Ways to Decorate a Small Space

Decorating your home can be a very fulfilling and therapeutic task. However, dealing with a small space is a different story. It can be challenging to make room for every piece you need while still expressing your personality through your decor. 

Fortunately, you don’t need to sacrifice style when decorating a small space. Whether you’re moving to a tiny house, a small studio apartment, or you just want to decorate a small area in your current home, we’ve got you covered. Here are some tips on how to decorate a small space in your home.

1. Declutter

When decorating a small space, the first thing you need to do is declutter. Clutter can make your space look even smaller, so you’ll need to avoid overcrowding the area with items that don’t need to be there. Consider putting them in a specific place for storing unused items, or you can sell or donate them.

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2. Add Shelving

Small spaces can be maximized by adding functional decor that not only gives the space personality and design, but also provides storage. A great example would be adding shelves to your walls. This not only gives you space to organize your stuff, but it also adds character to your room. 

3. Use Mirrors

Mirrors reflect light in any room, which gives the appearance of a larger, more open space. This technique is a practical and easy solution for small areas. You can use one large mirror or create a gallery of smaller mirrors with different shapes to decorate your room while giving the illusion of more square footage.

4. Use Multi-Purpose Furniture

Since you’re working with a small area, you’ll need to save space when you can. One way to do this is to make use of multi-purpose furniture. An example of this would be to opt for an ottoman that doubles as a storage box. Want to sleep comfortably on a full-sized bed but have little space for other furniture? Get a bed that can transform into a sofa! From office tables to bunk beds, you’ll find no shortage of multi-use styles to choose from. 

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5. Use Your Walls

You can quickly run out of floor space when decorating a small space, but the floor shouldn’t be the only part of the room you should focus on when decorating. There are a lot of ways to decorate a small space using your walls, too. 

Hanging pictures or artwork can jazz up a room without it taking up precious floor space. If you want more utility, you can also add wall hooks for additional places to hang bags, coats, and other items.

6. Add Height

Want to make the ceiling in your small space look higher? Hang your curtain rod closer to the ceiling. This will give the illusion that your ceiling is higher than it really is, making the area appear more spacious and airy. 

Use sheer curtains if you can. Since sheer curtains are translucent, they help the space feel open instead of closed-off and claustrophobic. If you want to take it a step further, you can extend the rods about four inches on either side of the windows to make the windows appear wider, as well. 

7. Go Large

It may seem counterintuitive since we are decorating a small space, but when choosing a rug for small spaces, get a larger one. Adding a small rug to a small space just emphasizes how small the space really is. However, placing a large rug gives off the feeling of a large room. Ultimately, the shape of the room and the furniture within will dictate the right size of the rug to get, but opt for a larger rug when you can.

8. Mix and Match but Keep it Cohesive

When decorating a small space, having pieces that don’t match can accentuate how small the room is. Details are more noticeable in a small space, and mismatched pieces will appear even more disjointed. It’s best to keep it simple and stick to a limited color palette. You can still be bold with your colors, just be sure that they culminate in a very cohesive design.


Decorating a small space doesn’t need to be complicated. Your main goal is to take advantage of whatever space you have to work with. You can decorate, save space, and add storage at the same time. There are really no set rules when designing small spaces, but the tips above should help you maximize any room in your home. 

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