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Home décor for small spaces can feel like an impossible task sometimes. You want to fit in as many things as possible but the room mustn’t feel cramped. You want it to be filled with personality, but it shouldn’t look chaotic and cluttered. No doubt, it’s a challenge, but that’s what makes decorating small spaces so fun and coming up with clever solutions to those obstacles makes it all the more rewarding in the end. Whether you live in a studio apartment or want to get more out of a tiny room in a small house, the trick is to create a delusion for your eyes into thinking the space is bigger than it appears. It’s not magic; it’s just smart styling and functional yet aesthetically appealing layout strategy.

ENUFF has gathered their favorite ideas for decorating small spaces to help you tackle your own petite dwelling. Get ready to bookmark all these tips and transform your small living room into a comfortable, stylish oasis for you and your household to hang out in.


1. Install smart lighting

The most important job of small space lighting is to make sure the whole room gets the light it needs. In compact rooms with less-than-ideal levels of natural light, it’s much likely for corners to become shadow traps, making the space feel even smaller at night. Choosing lighting that can be attached to the walls or hung from the ceiling is an ideal solution for this and it also helps to save room on floor space, making it look less cluttered. Swing-arm sconces also free up space on the floor and bring dimension to the walls, an ideal situation for small living rooms.

2. Choose a large rug 

Choosing a larger rug, even in a bold pattern is a trick that makes a room feel bigger. Unlike smaller rugs, the large size doesn’t visually break up the floor. This can also help anchor the space and give you a good staple piece to design the rest of the room around. Corner seating can also help you get more out of your space.

3. Built-in shelves

If you need a lot of storage space in your living room, why not opt for built-in everything! Built-in shelves and cupboards are much better space savers than freestanding. A built-in seating area too, will mean no space is wasted at all, especially if you add under-bench storage. Choosing a coffee table with an open, wire base will also make the space feel roomier.

4. Get creative with low seating

A lower sofa or ottoman creates the visual effect of higher ceilings. Playing with proportion and scale, like using a tiny side table next to a daybed, will also help. Just add pillows or floor cushions to make it more comfortable for lounging and you can always store them away.

5. Paint your walls white

Keep walls and ceilings all white to brighten up the space. Large black-and-white artwork is eye-catching but won’t add clutter, that way you can make a colorful piece of furniture the focal point of the room, and it won’t feel like the walls are closing in on you. 

6. Make the most of it

When space is lacking, the only option is to get creative and make things multi-purpose. For example, if you don’t have room for a separate living room, family rooms, and home office, combine each concept into one space. Be resourceful when space is limited – you don’t want to shop for new bulky furniture. Use a chair as a side table and install wall sconces to save surface space. Find a table that can function as a desk and dining table, get a deep sofa that can double as a guest bed, or buy cubes that serve as a coffee table and bonus seats when guests are over. Stack your books to create a make-shift coffee table or side table.

7. Let the light pour in

If your living room has access to a ton of natural light, don’t block it out with dark curtains. Let light pour in to make the space feel more airy and open. Even if you don’t have large windows and tons of sunlight, choose lighter shades to maximize the light you do have. Semi-sheer shades like voile, lace or cotton will help, too. 

8. Keep it cozy yet minimal

Leaning into the smallness of a space can actually be what makes it feel genuinely cozy and inviting. Keep seating close together and intimate, and choose a plush, soft rug, soft throws and diy decors to make the space even cozier. This is especially well advised if you’re decorating a small family room, where you’ll want things to be super welcoming and functional. Ditch the giant dining table and give yourself some extra space by opting for a small, round dining table instead. A media console is the biggest space waster in a small living room. Mount your tv on the wall and you’ll regain necessary floor space. Or, even better, hide it! Whether inside of a credenza or disguised as artwork, this design trick is perfect for anyone whose living room is always their family room, dining room, and/or more.

9. Use mirrors

It’s the oldest design trick in the book! Mirrors will make your space feel larger, lighter, and airier. And a fun convex one adds a lot of personality without taking up a ton of space. If you’re not blessed with an abundance of natural light, mirrors can help you make the most of what you do have by reflecting it around the room. Mirrors can also help make the space feel bigger, giving the illusion of a few more square feet. Consider lining a wall with a large mirror or creating a gallery wall of different sizes and shapes.

10. Go for folding pieces

You may need a desk and a dining table, but do you really need them 24/7? Consider installing furnishings that can fold up when not in use. You’ll free up floor space and avoid the stacks of mail and work that inevitably pile up on these surfaces. If you have a one-wall kitchen, folding doors can conceal clutter when not in use. Install a foldable dining table or study table to make that corner multi-purpose and less cluttered.

11. Keep it organized

The key to compact living is to be exceptionally well organized. Small spaces can actually transform personal habits for the better, as they require careful editing and storage. Open up the space as much as possible to allow for comfortable circulation. Every centimeter of a small studio has to be cleverly utilized, so that it doesn’t look cluttered, yet provides a functional layout with optimized living room storage. It can be hard to get a good night’s sleep in a crowded, cluttered bedroom. You’ll sleep much better when you’re not worried about folding all that laundry piled up by your closet, and it’s easier to get out of bed when you aren’t tripping over the mess on your bedroom floor.

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