When you live in an older home, you often struggle with decorating for modern living. A hundred years or more ago, houses were designed for a different lifestyle. Over the years I’ve learned to meet some of these challenges head on. Following are some of my favorite small space decorating solutions.
Consider traffic patterns. Sometimes you have to get creative with smaller rooms because you’re dealing with both space and traffic issues. In this pretty white room, small white love seats face each other and are strategically placed to allow foot traffic to comfortably flow through.
Maximize space with smart furniture. A sectional sofa is a great way to maximize seating in a small living room. There’s no way I could fit as many people as I do in my family room if I didn’t have a sectional.
Leave windows bare. A small kitchen looks less encumbered with the absence of a window treatment. The window looks larger which makes the room itself feel more spacious. Add just a simple shade if you need privacy.
Keep kitchen surfaces uncluttered. Sometimes we have a tendency to over-decorate because we want to see all of our pretty collectibles. But clutter-free counters and shelves give the illusion of more space. Instead, bring personal beauty to your kitchen with the use of paint. A darker color on bottom cabinets and lighter on top. Add a third color to a nearby door for fun.
Add built-ins to your home. A small space decorating solution you might not have considered is adding built-ins to a room. This breakfast nook enjoys a built-in banquette. Make it work double-duty with a lift-up seat so you can store items inside. Not to mention, the custom look adds character to the room.
Re-purpose a room. You might be surprised what you can do with a nook or cranny in your home. A narrow room becomes a charming breakfast nook with beautiful brick walls. You could also turn this space into a cozy home office.
Create a gallery wall. You might think smaller rooms should have less on the walls, but the gallery of bird prints in an under-the-eaves bedroom gives the illusion of wallpaper. It works because the walls and area rug are light colors.
Maximize space with clever furniture placement. Twin beds hug the outer walls creating a pathway between. Rather than place lamps on bedside tables, wall sconces are incorporated for nighttime reading.
Add small patches of color in a white room. White paint opens up a room and a bit of color adds fun and interest. Yellow subway tile draws the eye to the end of the room. A skylight increases the natural light making the room appear light and airy.
I could go on with more small space decorating solutions that I’ve learned over the years raising three children in an old house. I might have to write a “part two” follow-up blog post. What are some tricks you’ve learned for decorating smaller rooms?