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Interior Decorating: Maximizing Small Spaces

Furnishing a space can be difficult and a little overwhelming. You may face many challenges, and have to plan carefully to account for your budget and style. Another major stumbling block can be the size of the space you need to decorate. Here are a few tips to help you get over the challenge of decorating a small space to maximize the area you have.

Style & Budget

Before you begin, it’s important for you to recognize your personal style. Envision how you want the space to look and feel. Once you have a picture in your mind of what you want, you need to determine a budget. Developing a budget will allow you eliminate some unnecessary items which will be important later as you account for size. Once style and budget are set you can go ahead and compile a list of things you want in the space.


Now that you know what items you want, you need to find the dimensions and do some planning. You can find online programs that allow you create a three-dimensional floor plan and add items. However, the simpler version of this is to take a tape measure and mark off areas on the floor of where you want your items to go. You can do this with tape or by placing things you already have to hold the place of where your new furnishings will go.

Once you’ve marked it all out, walk around the room and ask yourself if you feel like there is enough space. If it isn’t, try rearranging some of your larger items with smaller versions. For example, if you’re decorating a bedroom, try taking the bed down a size. If it’s a dining area, try to find a table that’s slightly smaller.

Finishing Touches

Something as simple as wall art can make a room feel cluttered or extremely open. Decorating with wall art that extends far from the wall can make the room feel smaller than it is. Instead of hanging something that juts out from the wall, try using wall decals; the lack of frames and flat finish of wall decals make the room feel open. Try using less wall decor and more spaced out art. If you have a dresser, stand, or table, try using fewer display items, or try one center piece and maybe one or two extra items.

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