Small Space Decorating Mistakes

Here are some of the most common small space decorating mistakes and how to fix them.





Whether you’re a single person who doesn’t need a lot of space to live in, you’re a couple just starting out, or a family living in tight quarters, the way you decorate your home can have an impact on how large your space feels. You can actually make a small area look and feel bigger using design techniques, but most people are unaware of them and make some easily fixable mistakes. The professionals at Saddle Ridge Crossing provide us with some of the most common small space decorating mistakes and how to fix them.


You Put Your Furniture Against the Walls

Most people have the instinct to push all their furniture against the walls of a small room so they have all the space in the middle. But, surprisingly, this actually has the opposite effect and causes the room to feel smaller. Furniture can bring depth and dimension to a room and by eliminating one side of the furniture, you also eliminate its full capability to transform a room.

Leave some space between your main furniture, such as your sofa and television, and the walls and use the middle of the floor for accent pieces like chairs and ottomans. When you spread out the furniture in an open room, it will make it feel and look bigger.


You Don’t Have Multi-Purpose Furniture

Maximizing small spaces means that your furniture needs to do double duty. Otherwise, it’s taking up valuable space that could be used for something that has more than one purpose. For example, if your couch is just a couch and not also a bed, you’re missing out on turning your living area into a bedroom when someone comes to stay. If your coffee table can’t convert into seating when your friends come over, you’ll have to figure out where to cram more chairs in or they’ll be sitting on the floor.

Whenever you shop for furniture, look for items that can be used in more ways than one. That way, you’ll make the most of the space you do have when you’re using it for different reasons.


Your Lighting is Too Bright

Lighting is always a key to how a room feels and looks and while bright light is good for some rooms (like the kitchen and bathroom), it’s not great for small living rooms and bedrooms. It doesn’t allow for tricks of shadows and light that can give the impression that the room is bigger than it is. Instead, everything is lit up and on display so the room looks its size.

Try using table lamps, directional floor lamps, sconces, or focus lighting that draws the eye to a specific piece of work or furniture. The idea is to attract the eye to focal points in the room rather than its size. Additionally, add a couple of wall mirrors to reflect the light you do put in the room to make the space look even bigger.



Almost everyone has to decorate a small space at one time or another, but it can be challenging to do if you’re making these common mistakes. Try a couple of the suggestions here and see how your space is transformed.




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