Small Spaces
Jan 21, 2011

6 small space decorating ideas

By: Lauren McPhillips

6 small space decorating ideas Author: Style At Home

Small Spaces
Jan 21, 2011

6 small space decorating ideas

By: Lauren McPhillips
modern-eclectic-hallway.jpg Photography by Kim Christie

1 Be savvy with storage

When it comes to small spaces, smart storage is key. The Vancouver condo shown above has extra seating hanging on the wall in the hallway. Whether it's doing something similar or installing cubbies beneath the bed, make sure you're being creative with storage space.

 

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Photography by Janis Nicolay

2 Play with shapes
It would be great if we could all fit a ten-seater dining table into our homes, but that not a reality for most of us. The home above didn't have a large space for a rectangular table, so the homeowners opted for a circular Saarinen table instead. The shape fits perfectly in the space and can still seat up to six guests.

 

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Photography by Virginia MacDonald

3 Let the eye travel
Glass, acrylic and lucite should all become your best friends when decorating for a small space. Not only do they fit with a variety of styles, but they let the eye travel through their clear and reflective surfaces.

 

finished-basement-lounge.jpg Photography by Paul Chmielowiec

4 Create multi-functional spaces
When space is tight, it's important to create areas that are multifunctional. The finished basement above has a couch that can be used to watch TV, or to house guests, thanks to the pull-out bed inside.

 

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Photography by Paul Chmielowiec

5 Play with reflections

A mirrored wall (like the one in the bachelorette pad above) is a great way to open up a small space. The reflective surface creates an optical illusion of having double the space than is actually there.

 

modern-eclectic-bookshelf.jpg
Photography by Kim Christie

6 Use every nook
A small home allows for no wasted space, so be sure to make good use of every corner. The condo above had an oddly-shaped nook in its layout, but the homeowners found it to be a good spot for a round dining table, two chairs and a mini banquette.

Discover more helpful tips and tricks for small spaces with our helpful list of 25 ways to make the most of a small space.
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