august 27, 2020

How to Make the Most Out of Small Spaces

One of the most comment design dilemmas our clients come to us with is how to make the most of their spaces. Whether it’s a unique layout or small footprint, figuring out how to utilize every square inch of your home can sometimes be a challenge!

Smaller homes are not to be confused with smaller projects or a smaller impact, it often can be the polar opposite. We like the challenge of a smaller space and we also like to pack as much of a punch into the room as possible – focusing on every little detail. Today, we’ve rounded up our tips to making the most of out small spaces (and pieces we’d recommend!) in hopes of making it a little easier for you.

Clever Ways to Make the Most of a Small Space

Choose furnishings with dual purposes: We love pieces that can be used in so many ways! In this space, the small bistro table can act as a spot to eat and also another area to play board games or even work from home.

Pack a punch: When a room lacks in square footage, it can make up for it in style! Smaller spaces are the perfect opportunity to focus on every tiny detail. Choose pieces that with withstand time and bring you joy!

Go vertical: In smaller rooms, we are always looking for new ways to maximize the space. And, sometimes, the only way to do that is to go up! A tall bookshelf is the perfection addition to a small space and can be used to hold books, display accessories, or used for additional storage.

Get creative with your layout: Make a list of all ways you envision yourself using the space and use you creativity to come up with a floor plan that aligns to your own personal needs! Need a desk space when working from home? Create a small, vignette moment for you to do just that. In this space, we hung a desk on the wall (that can be folded up when not in use!) for those work-from-home days.

Storage, storage, storage: Whether it’s a media console or an ottoman with a hidden storage area, opt for pieces that are not only beautiful to look at but sneakily hide all of your belongings to keep your space neat and tidy!

Come up with a color story: A small space doesn’t have be boring. It actually should be just the opposite. So, embrace the color and pattern! But, to keep things from not getting too chaotic or messy feeling, select a specific color story. In this space, we selected all neutral tones (i.e. cream, grey, black, etc.) with a pop of deep, green in the pillows, artwork, and rug!

Use wallpaper to create visual interest: Why not be a little playful with the little room that you have? Crate a memorable moment by utilizing wallpaper (on one wall or all walls!) that is of smaller scale.

Embrace the cozy: Smaller spaces naturally tend to feel more cozy and inviting. Embrace that vibe by selecting pieces that are just that. For us, a large, soft rug covering the floors (especially on hardwoods!) can make a world of difference in a room to make it feel even more welcoming and warm.

Pieces Perfect for a small space


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  • Rachel Paulus September 10, 2020, 3:11 pm

    Great tips and ideas for smaller spaces. I especially like the idea of a color story. I’ll keep this in mind for future decor projects in my own home. Incorporating some color theory would be fun....

  • Hazel Avery February 17, 2023, 5:31 pm

    What a great article. I really loved the ideas shared. I’m trying to get a fresh cabinet painting soon in my own place, and seeing your design was really helpful to me. Thanks for sharing!

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