While I love our new house and all the storage space, I know it's more than we need right now. We do want lots of kids and we have entertained family and even had some live with us for a month. But even still, I sometimes wonder if we should have stuck to something smaller.
A lot of times, we think that more is better, but that's not always true. Today, I want to show you some really fabulous rooms and give you some tips on how to decorate smaller spaces.
#1 Buy smaller scale furniture
This a very small room and these overstuffed sofas are way too big for the space.
Consider using a love seat instead of a sofa like this picture. Also, since the side tables are smaller, they mounted swinging arm sconces to the wall to free up space on the tables. This a great example of how to make a smaller space look and feel fabulous.
You don't even have to use a sofa. I love the way this space looks with just a couple chairs instead of a large bulky sofa.
Since you don't have as much space to have a room for everything you do, make some rooms dual purpose.
Here, a desk in front of the window allows for some office space in this smaller room.
A table behind the sofa can be a great eating area or office area in a smaller home.
An office and eating area in one!
#3 Keep a consistent color palette
This is a smaller living room with a lot going on but because there is a consistent color palette it doesn't feel small or too demanding.
This picture shows what you can do with small space! Smaller scaled furniture, a consistent color palette and multi-purpose. Also, the clear coffee table is great because it adds function without taking up too much visual space.
#4 Large art or a mirror can make the space feel larger
This is another great example of doing everything right in a small space. The smaller furniture, the large mirror, the color palette and even the vertical striped rug make this space feel a lot bigger than it really is.
The large art in the space gives a focal point and makes the room appear larger.
#5 Get Creative!
I love this idea for a small entry. Paint a table silhouette on the wall and add a floating shelf with some fresh flowers!
The bed takes up almost the whole space so there's no room for bedside tables. Instead, they mounted a small shelf on the wall and instead of lamps, hung scones behind the bed. Even though there is a lot of pattern going on here, it works because it's all in the same color palette and the rest of the walls are white.
Take over a closet and turn it into a library! I love this idea but I don't know if I would be willing to part with the closed storage.
Any other tips you have to add? Do you think you could get away with a smaller home?