When it comes to decorating small spaces, I'm a 'traditional gal.' White or cream walls, no contrasting patterns and a few simple, elegant knicknacks. But for all you decor rebels out there, Amber has excellent advice on how to break those decorating rules with style!
Forget about painting small spaces white. Sacrificing space doesn't mean sacrificing your personal taste. If you like color, splash it on the walls with abandon! Consider painting doors and trim in a gloss lacquer for added depth. To make color really work in a small room, paint both walls and ceiling the same color to trick the eye.
Don't avoid patterns if tone on tone color and texture isn't your thing. By incorporating big bold prints on the walls or patterns in rugs and upholstery small rooms can reflect your unique personality and become walk in pieces of art. Your eye won't even sense the small space!
Pile on the knicknacks. We all have our family pictures, keepsakes and knicknacks that are special. Displaying them in our homes reflects our lives and personalities. Why relegate them to a closet or drawer? Display them. Group the same color objects together, like the white pieces above, but multi-color groupings work well too. Try clustering objects in one large area like this table top.
Go with big furniture. Large furniture can add to the visual appeal of the room! The rule of thumb for furnishing a room is to always provide walking space around the furniture. While the homeowner in the picture above could have provided seating in the form of two separate love seats or chairs, she furnished her home with one large banquette that provides ample seating and visual appeal!
Not every small space needs a mirror. Hang mirrors if you like them, but paintings and artwork can be just as appealing and interesting to the eye. Adding things you love to your rooms is a form of self-expression. Filling small spaces with objects you love, is a great way to accept and embrace your small home and stamp it with your own unique style.