How to Decorate a Small Room


Small rooms can certainly have several disadvantages, by following these few simple steps, you will learn to over look the disadvantages and begin to accept the coziness of a small space.

Things You'll Need

  • Furniture "movers" (if necessary)
  • An Uplight
  • Furniture with storage capacity
  • Paint (if necessary)
  • Hammer and nails
  • Artificial Tree
  • Mirrors

Decorate a Small Room

  • Evaluate the room. Where are the trouble spots? A trouble spot could be an awkward main entrance or exit, an off centered window, or a window without a view. Where is the focal point of the room? A focal point could be a window with a beautiful view, a fireplace, or simply a large blank wall.

  • Clear the room. Remove as much, if not all, furniture if possible. Furniture "movers" are disks that you can buy at the local home improvement store. They simply slip under the corners of your heavy furniture and allow you to slide furniture easily across the room. If your room is wallpapered with a pattern of any sort, remove it and paint walls a solid color. Patterns on walls will seem to close in the room, making the space feel smaller than what it really is.

  • Strategically place furniture. Angle large pieces of furniture (such as a bed, dresser or sofa) in front of a wall corner. By moving furniture to an angle, you will create the sense of "moving walls". Do not be distracted by the "wasted space" behind the angled furniture. You can make use of that space by storing items that you do not need on a daily basis. If you have a window with a less than pleasing view, cover it with either a tall armoire or dresser.

  • Deal with the troubled spots. If you are working around an awkward entrance to the room, make sure that the main walkway is not an obstacle course to get to the doorway. Again, it is all about strategically placing furniture. If your troubled spot is an oddly angled wall or even a protruding wall, make use of that space. Use it for the backdrop for a small desk or seating area.

  • Keep cozy in mind. When you look around the room, don't see it as small, see it as cozy. What will warm up the room? Place a tall artificial tree in a corner. This will elongate the wall and seem to lift the ceiling. When choosing lamps, look for an uplight, which will also elongate the walls of the room. If you are accessorizing with side tables with table cloths, keep in mind that you can place storage containers under the table cloths. Out of sight, out of mind.

  • When hanging pictures, only hang large scale pictures on large scale walls. If your room in made up of short walls, or perhaps you are working with a wall space between two windows, hang small photos in a vertical pattern, instead of side by side. Having at least two mirrors in the room will give the illusion of an open space.

Tips & Warnings

  • When choosing furniture for the room, keep in mind "storage, storage, storage."

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