How to Decorate a Small Space Like a Professional

Decorating a tiny area might feel like a never-ending riddle. You want to cram as much into the area as possible, but it shouldn’t seem cramped. You want it to be unique, but it can’t appear unorganized or cluttered. However, it is possible to have a compact room that is as attractive (if not more so) than its expensive counterparts. Whether you’re starting off in a studio apartment or want a more minimalist lifestyle, you don’t have to lose flair. Here are some of our favorite small-space design ideas to get you started on your own.

Maintain a Clear Floor

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You need space for the necessities, but even the most beautifully designed little room is useless if you can’t move in it. Floating components, such as shelving and nightstands, may keep the floor clear of impediments while also providing extra storage beneath if needed. Use sconces and wall lights instead of floor lamps. Select folding pieces.

You may require a workstation and a dining table, but do you require them 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Think about installing furniture that can be folded away when not in use. You’ll save space on the floor and avoid the piles of mail and work that always seem to build on these surfaces. When not in use, sliding doors can conceal clutter in a one-wall kitchen.

Prioritize Lighting

Because of little or nonexistent windows, compact areas can frequently feel dark. Make up for a lack of natural light by strategically situating light sources around the home, from the kitchen to the bedroom. Make up for the lack of natural light by strategically positioning light sources. Pair eye-catching ceiling fixtures—either a stunning pendant or an excellent flush mount, depending on your ceiling height—with sconces or table lights for a pleasant and dynamic ambience.

Add Mirrors

If you don’t have a lot of natural light, mirrors may help you maximize what you do have by reflecting it throughout the room. Mirrors may also help make a small area feel larger by creating the appearance of additional square footage. Consider lining a wall with a giant mirror or putting together a gallery wall of various sizes and forms.

Choose the Best Rug

A rug is one item you don’t want to scrimp on in terms of size. A little rug may make the room appear even smaller. Choose a floor covering that can fit the bulk of the furniture, or go wall-to-wall.

Be Bold

It does not have to be a white box because it is in a limited place. You may still employ bright colors and enjoy your space’s spaciousness. A deeper tone of paint on the walls and ceiling might give the room the appearance of a jewel box.

Maintain Consistency

Because there are only so many things to look at in a limited place, make sure they all fit. Use a restricted color palette, whether light and airy or dark and dramatic. Examining objects with an editor’s eye can assist to ensure that they truly belong and will keep the area from getting congested.


Make the most of your space by purchasing furniture that also serves as storage. Choose a bed with built-in drawers or benches and ottomans with storage for extra blankets and sweaters. Every element must pull its weight in a tiny space; a daybed may function as a sofa as well as a guest bed.

Allow Pieces to Breathe

Nothing says ‘I don’t have enough room’ like furniture shoved up against a wall and packed in so closely that it’s virtually piled. If possible, move furniture away from the wall and leave enough space between items. (You may need to get rid of any items that aren’t utilized on a regular basis, such as side tables or accent chairs.)