Small Space, Big Impact: Maximizing Style in Compact Interiors


July 19, 2023

Homes seem to be getting smaller and more expensive every year and many buyers are realizing they don’t have all of the space they need to make their dream home a reality. 

If you want to make the most out of your space, consider if some of these updates can transform your home and take it to the next level! 

1. Utilizing Color Without Overwhelming

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Color can be overwhelming when used poorly. Too many colors or overly saturated tones can overpower the space and cause the room’s furniture and decor to be overlooked. More muted colors that work well together will give you a chance to create a more welcoming and relaxed area.

Lighter colors can also make the room feel larger and less cramped. It’s vital that you try to keep a simple palette since going too far overboard will overwhelm the space.

2. Pulling Eyes Up and Out

Tighter spaces make it harder to focus on one or two details; instead, your eyes will look all over, expecting more room where there is none. Instead of letting the size of your space determine how people feel about it, draw their eyes up and to the distance. This can be done by adding character to the room using modern crown moulding or by investing in great art and lighting.

Avoid cluttering the space with furniture; instead, work with a professional that can help find the layout that lets your eyes rest in the middle distance.

This is easiest done with open-concept properties or homes that are long and narrow and offer the most extended range of vision, but you can make it work in almost any property.

3. Shed Some Light

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Lighting plays a crucial role in small spaces, as it can significantly impact the overall ambiance and functionality of the area. When incorporating lighting into the design of small spaces, it is crucial to consider both functionality and aesthetics. Perhaps start by using light-colored, reflective surfaces such as mirrors or glossy paint to help bounce natural light around the room. Sheer or light-colored curtains can be a great touch that allow ample sunlight to filter through. Recessed lighting, wall sconces, and track lighting can be excellent options for small spaces, as they provide focused illumination without occupying valuable floor or surface space.

4. Understanding Visual Texture

Visual texture is just as important as the texture you can touch! This gives your eyes something to play with and be distracted by instead of having to worry about a plain or boring-looking wall or ceiling. Look into interior stone veneer or picture frame molding if you want to take this area of your property to the next level.

5. Enhancing Design with Area Rugs

Area rugs are invaluable tools when it comes to small space design.  When every square inch counts, strategically placing an area rug can work wonders. Rugs serve as multifunctional design elements, adding warmth, texture, and visual interest to a room. By defining specific zones within the space, such as a seating or dining area, they create a sense of purpose and organization. Additionally, area rugs can visually expand a room, making it feel larger than it actually is. Their ability to anchor furniture and tie disparate elements together helps create a cohesive and harmonious aesthetic. Whether it’s a bold pattern to make a statement or a neutral tone to blend seamlessly, area rugs are a small space dweller’s best friend, adding comfort and style to even the most limited of areas.

6. Keep the Details Luxurious

Luxury is something we can all enjoy! Thankfully, when you have a small space, it doesn’t take much to make it feel luxurious and updated. When you take the time to update your lighting, cabinet hardware, faucets, and other small details, you can make the entire space feel luxurious and new. 

7. Give Yourself Space for Storage

One of the most significant pitfalls of smaller spaces is that they can quickly feel cluttered. The best way to take care of this is to create storage space for yourself. Storage allows you to put away the things you don’t need now and maintain a streamlined and spacious appearance outside of it. 

One of the best way to maximize your storage in a small space is by utilizing vertical surface area by creating shelves on empty wall space and utilizing under-bed storage containers to eliminate clutter in each room to create a more organized living environment.

Give Yourself a Home You’ll Love!

Every property has its pros and cons, but it’s no mystery that a small space needs some extra work to feel comfortable. Follow some of these interior styling ideas, work with a professional like Morrow Design Studios, and watch your property get boosted to the next level.

Natalie Akins is a freelance writer that loves sharing her knowledge and expertise on interior decorating and remodeling. She lives in her hometown of Austin, Texas where she enjoys spending time with her husband and decorating with her children. Natalie’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisor, a new construction industry resource site.