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Styling Small Spaces

Living in a small space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. On the contrary, you can make your small space feel spacious and stylish with a bit of creativity and planning.

One of the best ways to make a small space feel larger is to use mirrors. Mirrors reflect light and create the illusion of more space. Hang a mirror on a wall or place one in front of a window to brighten your living area.

If you don’t have a lot of floor space, floating shelves are a great way to add storage and style to your small space and there is no such thing as having too much storage right? Use them to store books, display knick-knacks, or showcase your favourite photos and artwork.

That’s just a couple of ideas on how to make the most of limited space and read on to find more clues on how to add personality and character to your home without taking up too much space.

 

 

 

Neutral & Uncluttered

When it comes to small space styling, opting for a neutral base will make your small space feel light and airy. Select a light wall colour and show your personality with pops of colour using accessories like pillows, throws, and rugs.

When everything in your space goes together, it will look and feel more spacious. So choose a colour scheme and stick with it. Use similar finishes and materials throughout your space and don’t be afraid to use negative space to your advantage. By keeping things simple and uncluttered, you can make small spaces feel much larger.

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Look at Furniture Differently

Who says we have to use our furniture for the way it was intended by the manufacturer? Furniture can used to serve multiple purposes and as you look around your room, we’re pretty sure there will be pieces such as an ottoman, that you hadn’t considered to use as a coffee table or extra seating.

Small tables make a great nightstand or an entryway table, and a small bench can be used as a coffee table, side table, or even extra seating in a pinch.

Cabinet doors are often a forgotten opportunity when it comes to storage and it’s so easy to add baskets, racks and hooks. This is a great option for those who are renting as they can be easily removed.

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Rug Up

Rugs are a brilliant way to make a small space look oh, so much bigger but the mistake a lot of people make is thinking they need to use small rugs when they have a small space. Quite the opposite in fact!

Large rugs give a sense of grandeur and the feeling of a larger room. It is important if choosing this option, you work with the size of your furniture and be strategic about where you position larger items. Your best option is to place large furniture up against the wall around the perimeter of the room and hence, creating the illusion of a bigger room.

Featured product available at Harvey Norman

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Neutral & Uncluttered

When it comes to small space styling, opting for a neutral base will make your small space feel light and airy. Select a light wall colour and show your personality with pops of colour using accessories like pillows, throws, and rugs.

When everything in your space goes together, it will look and feel more spacious. So choose a colour scheme and stick with it. Use similar finishes and materials throughout your space and don’t be afraid to use negative space to your advantage. By keeping things simple and uncluttered, you can make small spaces feel much larger.

Featured product available from Harvey Norman

STORE PROFILE

Look at Furniture Differently

Who says we have to use our furniture for the way it was intended by the manufacturer? Furniture can used to serve multiple purposes and as you look around your room, we’re pretty sure there will be pieces such as an ottoman, that you hadn’t considered to use as a coffee table or extra seating.

Small tables make a great nightstand or an entryway table, and a small bench can be used as a coffee table, side table, or even extra seating in a pinch.

Cabinet doors are often a forgotten opportunity when it comes to storage and it’s so easy to add baskets, racks and hooks. This is a great option for those who are renting as they can be easily removed.

Featured product available from Snooze

STORE PROFILE

Rug Up

Rugs are a brilliant way to make a small space look oh, so much bigger but the mistake a lot of people make is thinking they need to use small rugs when they have a small space. Quite the opposite in fact!

Large rugs give a sense of grandeur and the feeling of a larger room. It is important if choosing this option, you work with the size of your furniture and be strategic about where you position larger items. Your best option is to place large furniture up against the wall around the perimeter of the room and hence, creating the illusion of a bigger room.

Featured product available at Harvey Norman

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Less is More

When it comes to decorating small spaces, less is more. Choose a few key pieces that you love and that reflect your individual style, and don’t be afraid to mix and match!  For example, a mismatched set of chairs or an eclectic art collection can add character and personality to your small space.

Another way to make small spaces feel larger is to use good lighting. Natural light is always best, so if you have a small window, keep it free of obstructions like heavy curtains.

When it comes to artificial lighting, choose fixtures that cast a soft, diffused light.  If you don’t have the room for floor and table lamps, choose alternate lighting options like string lights or pendants. Whatever you choose, just remember: let there be light.

So there you have it! A few tips for small space styling. You can turn your small space into a stylish oasis with some creativity and planning. So get out there and start decorating! Your small space awaits.

Happy styling!

  1. Chevron Fabric Ottoman, POA. Harvey Norman
  2. Fabulous Chrome Floor Lamp, $649. Harvey Norman
  3. Oslo 1 Light Table Lamp in Oak/White, $59.95. Beacon Lighting
  4. Tropic Abstract Cushion, $49. Harvey Norman
  5. Ocean Grove Mirror – Whitewash, $379. Snooze
  6. Lisette Bedside Table – Natural, $449. Snooze

Style tip:

Choose a few key pieces that you love and that reflect your individual style