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Try These Tricks if You Need to Decorate a Small Space

Apartments and townhouses typically don’t have the spacious rooms that a freestanding house has, and this tends to prove to be a challenge in terms of storage and decoration.

Luckily there are a few hacks and tricks that you can apply in a small space that will have it looking great and functioning optimally.


Mirrors that are placed opposite a window reflect light and bounce it around the room, which creates an airier feel and the illusion of space. Choose a very large mirror, and the effect will be even more impressive.

Light colours

Opting for lighter colours automatically makes a space seem bigger than it actually is. Neutral colours, like those that are used in the Scandinavian style, are very popular at the moment.

Floating shelves

Installing floating shelves is an easy way to store books and ornaments, and they don’t take up any of your precious floor space. Add the fact that they look beautiful, and you have a décor element that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.


Metallic colours are coming back in a big way, and just like mirrors, they reflect light to make a space seem bigger than it is. Light fixtures, metallic chandeliers and frames are small things that can make a big difference.

Choose furniture that has storage space

Another way to avoid having things like tables, bookcases, chests and cabinets take up floor space, is to choose furniture that has storage space built in. Having extra space to store things helps you to get rid of clutter, which can also make a space seem much smaller than it is.

Use dividers in open plan spaces

If you have an open plan bachelor flat or apartment, using room dividers – either curtain dividers or divider screens – can make a single room seem much more spacious.

Use every nook and cranny

When decorating small spaces, make sure to use every little bit of space. The corners of a room often go underutilised, but are great places to put pieces of accent furniture or bookcases.

Hang your curtains the right way

Installing your curtain rails just a few centimetres from the ceiling creates the illusion of bigger windows. To make a window seem wider, allow the curtain rail to extend a few centimetres past the windowpanes. When choosing curtains, try to have them closely match the colours of the walls. When the curtains match the walls, it creates an unbroken line, which gives the illusion of space.

A small space can be beautiful and functional if you know how to decorate it. Use these tips and watch a space expand right before your eyes.