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7 big ideas for small space décor

When it comes to decorating a smaller room, there are many rules that were made to be broken.

With any worthwhile art form, learning the rules is just a stop on the road to breaking them. This is certainly true when it comes to interior design, where the rules for what is acceptable and what is not are constantly shifting and changing.

And in no space is this more apparent than when decorating a small room. Be it a closet, a snug room or an en-suite, there are endless opinions out there on what should and shouldn’t be done when it comes to small space décor. But how many of these are really true? Join us for some much-need myth-busting with 7 big ideas for small room décor.

What They Say:

“Don’t decorate with dark colours”

Is It True?

Definitely not! The rule that small rooms must be filled with various shades of white has prevented too many charming cubbies from knowing the luxury of darker hues. While light tones do emphasize natural light, dark colours can add richness and depth to a space, especially when paired with soft, ambient lighting from table lamps and wall sconces. Consider introducing one dark feature wall, or even a few dark pieces of furniture and accessories to add contrast.

What They Say:

“Use transparent materials like glass for maximum space and light”

Is It True?

Up to a point. It is true that a glass coffee table or lucite footstool will allow more light into a space than a heavy wooden alternative. However, using this trick too much in a single space can have the opposite effect, highlighting the limited size of the room by preventing the eye from focusing. Instead, consider ways to create a more balanced room by introducing negative space, such as a sofa on raised slim legs or an occasional chair with a cut-out back.

What They Say:

“Scale down your furniture to fit your space”

Is It True?

No, choose quality over quantity. Lots of small items can cause a similar problem to overusing transparent materials – they stop your eyes from being able to focus. Instead of introducing several smaller items, choose a select few larger pieces that really make a statement. A small living room will work much better with one large statement sofa as opposed to a selection of several smaller armchairs littering the floorspace.

What They Say:

“Paint the ceiling white”

Is It True?

Not necessarily. White ceilings are thought to make a smaller room feel bigger and taller, and while this is often the case, it can come at the expense of warmth, homeliness and personality. White ceilings can have a clinical quality to them, so a good alternative might be a different light shade with a bit more oomph behind it, such as shell pink or whisper light blue.

What They Say:

“Stick to neutral furnishings”

Is It True?

It’s complicated. While it’s true that a neutral backdrop can brighten and enlarge a space, colour can also lend a hand in opening up the room by allowing your eyes to move through the space. Pops of colour create ‘moments’ which give you more places to travel with your gaze, creating the illusion of a larger space as it takes longer to establish a full picture.

What They Say:

“Avoid large print patterns as they are too overwhelming in small spaces”

Is It True?

Believe it or not – no. Big blousy floral prints can be a little overbearing in some spaces, but they also have the potential to really create a sense of breathable space. A floral feature wall feels fun, modern and energising, totally distracting you from the room’s limited size.

What They Say:

“Keep it simple”

Is It True?

Not at all! Every room deserves a bit of wow factor, no matter how big or small it is. A centrepiece which really makes a statement brings focus to a small room, whether it’s a feature wall, a chandelier or an eye-catching bedframe.

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