Step by Step: How to Decorate Small Spaces Like a Pro

  Do you feel like you’re solving the most complicated puzzle ever by tackling home decoration? When it comes down to small spaces, it can seem like pieces are simply refusing to fit. Frustration is perfectly understandable in those scenarios. After all, you have to walk a fine line between sparse and cluttered, and it’s not like you have the broadest canvas to work with. However, by following a few simple guidelines, you will not only find it easy to express yourself through home decoration, but also enjoyable to put the finishing touches in a small space. Here are our best tips to help you decorate your small interior like a pro.

Make it bright

Start with the broad strokes – what is the basic rule of interior design when it comes to small spaces? Make them brighter, of course. A small room, or even a small corner of a room, can look infinitely more open, airy, and appealing under some natural light. You can skip those heavy blinds completely and hang some light, semi-translucent curtains on window frames. Adorn the space with a few additional sources of light. By doing this, you can kill two birds with one stone: make the interior brighter and introduce lamps and layers of lighting as an element of decoration. You can utilize free space on stands and cabinets to display charming environmentally friendly flowers that will lend it a warm and pleasant appeal.    

Paint it white

Image source: The second step is a natural extension of the first one: white walls contribute to making any small space bigger. Now, if you consider plain white too boring or, worse, an option that de-accentuates space, don’t fret. There are numerous options in the form of tints which can be either cold or warm, depending on the styling of the furniture.    

Hang a mirror

Once the paint dries off, you can turn to mirrors as your saving grace for making small spaces appear grander. It’s not merely a matter of visual trickery. Because they reflect its features, mirrors emphasize the aesthetics of any room, which makes adding this element an easy hack if you are out of ideas. Furthermore, a mirror also contributes to brighter surroundings due to its reflective qualities. If the space is particularly small, you might want to find a taller mirror. Variants that extend from the floor to the ceiling can truly turn the room around.  

Make your kitchen neat and cozy

Image source: Pay special attention to your kitchen – it is, after all, the heart of a home, no matter how small. There’s a common misconception about small kitchens, suggesting that everything should be “hidden away” in cabinets and cupboards. The opposite is true, however. While you certainly have to keep a cramped space clutter-free, displaying your favorite kitchenware, spices, and appliances neatly on open shelves will have both a practical and decorative purpose. The point is: you don’t need any decorations here per se, as well-designed kitchen tools you use regularly will add personality to the space when put on display. Practical items such as rustic wood serving trays, which you can use for breakfast in bed or when entertaining guests, make for a wonderful decorative element. Stainless steel utensils hung on a wall and cute spice jars fit nicely into this picture too.  

Double-duty furniture

Clutter is your biggest enemy in small spaces. Beyond obligatory decorative elements, surfaces should remain as clean as possible. For this reason alone, browsing for double-duty furniture that has ample storage options is a solid hack. Nightstands and cabinets notwithstanding, you can also stumble upon convenient sofas and armchairs that have seamlessly included drawers and compartments where you can pack up all the items that are not used frequently.  

Large furniture, fewer elements

Image source: Since we are covering the topic of furniture, you should know that packing your small space with more (smaller) elements will not make it appear bigger. Rather, it will have the opposite effect, creating visual clutter. Instead, create a list of elements you’d typically place in such a room and embark on a process of elimination until you get to the basic setup. It’s time to go bold with your choice. Buy that outlandish large armchair that you’ve always wanted – but make it a central element and don’t add a smaller chair next to it. Use large décor, a bigger rug, and hang a sizeable framed painting, staying within the bounds of appropriate proportions.  

Parallel lines

Measure the room and check which wall is the longest. Align the furniture accordingly with the longest wall of the small space to create a harmony of parallel lines. This will accentuate the room so that it appears larger, and help make it stylistically cohesive.    


If you know what you want, a small space doesn’t have to be a big challenge. Decorating a home has to begin with broad strokes so you’ll know what to do once you get down to the nitty-gritty. Yes, this also counts for small spaces – maybe especially so in such cases. All it takes is confidence in your vision. Pulling off a distinct style that showcases the ‘true you’ through decoration is an immensely satisfying endeavor. After all, you can’t call a home your own unless you’ve put at least a tiny bit of yourself into every nook and cranny.

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