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Mandy Kloppers

Practical Interior Design Tips For Smaller Homes

Designing the home of your dreams is a bit challenging for those who live in smaller homes. It can be tricky to fit furniture without cramping up rooms, and when it comes to decorating, even a bit too much can create a cluttered look. Because your living space can impact your mental health, it’s worthwhile to invest in upgrading your home to better uphold your mental wellness.  

 

Fortunately, these interior design tips will help you create the home you want, regardless of how small the space is.  

 

Make The Most Of Floor Space 

Small rooms start feeling cramped and cluttered quickly compared to larger homes. For this reason, making the most of floor space is essential. Beyond keeping your home neat, clean, and organized, it’s also a great idea to use table lamps instead of floor lamps, floating shelves instead of bookshelves, and smaller furniture.  

 

A compact sofa will occupy much less floor space than a large leather sofa set. At the same time, you can maximize floor space in the living room by mounting your TV on the wall instead of using a TV cabinet.  

 

Choose Multi-Purpose Furniture 

If you live in a smaller home, there’s a good chance you are frustrated with the lack of storage space. It’s also best to avoid installing too many shelves and cabinets, as this can make rooms feel claustrophobic. Instead, you can consider investing in multi-purpose furniture that doubles up as storage space.  

 

Invest In Foldable Furniture 

Foldable furniture like wall-mounted fold-up desks, dining room tables that extend, sleeper sofas, and foldable chairs are just a few space-saving options on the market. The foldable design makes it possible to save space without compromising essential furnishings.  

 

Take Advantage Of Natural Light 

Enough lighting can make a small room seem larger than it really is. So it’s wise to take advantage of natural light by making sure curtains do not cover up windows. You can also use mirrors strategically to reflect light from windows in darker areas of your home.  

 

If you can’t capitalize on natural light due to smaller windows or fewer windows, you can use cool white light bulbs to illuminate the space with bright light.  

 

Use Room Dividers And Rugs 

If you live in a small apartment with an open-concept design, the absence of walls and doors might save space, but separating these areas can be tricky. You can create nooks with room dividers to designate different areas.  

 

At the same time, rugs can also help separate areas in open-concept homes without cluttering the space.  

 

Decorate Like A Minimalist 

Beyond picking out the right furniture and installing enough storage space, it’s also important to avoid over-decorating your home. Smaller homes can seem cluttered and messy if too many decor details are present.  

 

Keep things simple by sticking to a restrained color palette and using focal points. Moreover, instead of choosing small decorative items, opt for medium to large items to make a statement. For example, invest in one large canvas instead of hanging multiple art prints on a wall.  

 

Whether your home is big or small, the right interior design decisions can transform any space into your dream home.  

 

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