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Tips for Decorating Small Rooms

March 2, 2012 4:15 pm    Posted by Jeanette McCuaig    off

True or False

Have a small room or space in your home and don’t know how to decorate it? I’ve got a few tips for you.

Let me start by putting you in the Designer’s Chair.

True or False? An all-white color palette is a must in a small space.

FALSE! A carefully selected color can create an inviting space that doesn’t feel “small”. Your goal should always be to make your space personal.

    Armstrong Laminate, Ornamental Cherry
  • Add color, but with restraint. Bursts of color can add focus to your room, but don’t indulge your need for bright shades at the expense of light and proportion. The general rule still holds that lighter colors expand a space. Bring splashes of color to a radiator, inside of a bookshelf, windowsill or door.
  • Try painting the ceiling lighter than the walls.
  • Paint the entryway a few shades darker than the main room. As your guests move from the entrance to the main living area, they will perceive the lighter, brighter, living space to be bigger than it really is.
  • If you can see one room from another, make sure that the wall colors are similar. This will help avoid a boxy look.

True or False? Small spaces require small furniture.

FALSE! Instead of many small pieces, opt for fewer and larger.

  • Use a few large, simple pieces of furniture or accessories in place of several smaller pieces, which would make a small space look cluttered.
  • Your furniture should take up about 2/3rds of the floor space, leaving 1/3rd vacant for traffic flow. You want cozy, not cramped.
  • Go vertical. Use the space to the ceiling whenever possible. Shelves and tall wall cabinets with a small footprint will make the room feel larger and add needed storage.

More Tips for Small Rooms

    Armstrong Luxe Plank, Exotic Fruitwood, Persimmon
  • Glass shower enclosures give the illusion of space in a small bathroom.
  • Many small spaces are part of multi-family housing. Install Armstrong Quiet Comfort and Quiet Comfort Premium padding under Armstrong’s laminate flooring and Luxe Plank to reduce noise.
  • Create an uninterrupted flow by using one type of flooring. Multiple flooring changes will “chop up” a room, making the space seem smaller.

Designing for a small space is fun – if sometimes a bit challenging! Follow these tips and you will create a beautiful, cozy space for family and friends. For more design ideas, visit our Design Tips and Trends page on our website.

Jeanette McCuaig is the Principal Stylist in Residential Product Design. Jeanette has worked in the flooring design industry for more than 26 years. Her favorite blogging topics include: glass-back vinyl sheet, vinyl tile, Luxe and Alterna flooring products, as well as color and design trends. Away from her day job, Jeannette enjoys studying the history of costume and how fashion relates to modern times.