5 Tips for Designing Small Spaces in Your Home

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Designing Small Spaces

Designing small spaces can be difficult. Your home might not be as large as you’d like, but that doesn’t mean you need to accept feeling cramped and boxed in every time you go into a new room. Any space can feel open and inviting with the right design. 

The key to outfitting tight spaces throughout your home is knowing which elements will create an illusion of space. Try these five professional design tricks to open up any room in your home.

1. Brighten it up

Even large spaces can feel claustrophobic if they’re too dark. The easiest trick for making your small room or home feel larger is to make it brighter. Start with natural light. Nix the blackout curtains and opt for light, breezy curtains. Next, upgrade your lighting fixtures. Switch to higher wattage lightbulbs in overhead light fixtures. If that’s still not giving you enough light, add some decorative hanging lamps to brighten up corners and tight spaces. 

2. Add a large rug

The larger the rug  the more open your room will feel. Many people make the mistake of getting a tiny rug. Unfortunately, a small rug will focus your attention on how small the rest of the space is. A better option is to get one that almost covers your entire room. A good rule of thumb is that your rug should be large enough to fit all the furniture in the room. As a bonus, a light rug can help the entire space feel more open.

3. Add storage space with furniture

Get creative by finding furniture that is as functional as it is comfortable. Storage ottomans can be great places to tuck away remote controls, books, and other things that you use regularly but look cluttered when they sit out in the middle of a room. Under-the-bed storage can add more shelf space to your bedroom without cluttering up your closet. 

4. Embrace mirrors

Because they reflect their surroundings, adding mirrors to a small space can make it feel bigger. They also reflect natural and non-natural light sources, creating an illusion of a larger area. Get creative with mirrors! Hang an oversized decorative mirror on your wall, or create a gallery of mirrors. 

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5. Be strategic with furniture placement

You don’t need to give up large pieces of furniture completely inside your small space. However, you should be strategic about where you place it. A massive cabinet in the middle of the room is going to dominate the space. Instead of getting rid of it completely, move it to a corner or off to the side. 

Not Sure How to Design Your Space? We Can Help!

Designing small spaces can feel challenging. Fortunately for you, the design experts at DMP Furniture are ready to help you with all of your design needs. 

Whether you are looking for a custom piece of furniture or just need some guidance on the best way to design your home, we’re here for you. Contact us today to learn more about our design services or visit our showroom to get started!

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