The 5 Mistakes You Make When You Decorate A Small Space


I think we all have at least one tiny room in our home, am I right? For me, it’s my bathroom. It’s not always possible to knock down walls and extend, so you just have to make do with what you have!

I’ve seen some amazing small space décor ideas on Pinterest, so it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have a kitchen the size of your favorite celebrity chef’s.

But there’s a few faux pas you can make when it comes to decorating a little space…

Neglecting natural light

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Interior Design by Gachot Studios


A small space needs natural light like I need coffee right now. If your petite pad is lacking in the light department then why not add some mirrors opposite any windows to help give it a much needed glow.

However, like my living room that doesn’t see any sun until it’s setting in the evening, you need to opt for lighter colored walls and furniture so it doesn’t feel so dingy.


Don’t try to fight it


From Moon To Moon

The sooner you can come to terms with having a smaller space, the sooner you can start to arrange it in a way that is uncluttered and chic. Don’t try fit things that just don’t fit. There’s nothing worse than a cluttered room; not only will you end up whacking your leg but it will make it look even smaller. My bedroom is too small for a bedside table, so my chest of drawers is my bedside table.

Pick furniture with built-in storage to limit clutter, like those awesome double wardrobes with ample shoe storage. Dreamy. A trunk or storage ottoman as a coffee table also works well. Along the perimeter of the room, try a small chest of drawers instead of a console table to boost storage options.


Brilliant not bland

bold print
Leah Bartholomew

I know having a lack of space can make you feel quite limited with what you can and can’t get away with, but try not to play it too safe. Not everything needs to be brilliant white! Add some character to your room by incorporating large-scale patterns and bright-colored accents. Bold wallpaper in a color scheme that connects your rooms, or bright drapery hung close to the ceiling will create focal points to distract the eye from a lack of space.


You hoarder!

Immy and Indi

No matter how many floating shelves you decide to put up, you’re going to run out of space eventually for anything that’s junk. Do you really care about that mini Statue of Liberty that your aunt got you the time she went to New York? Probably not. If it doesn’t please you or spark any memories, it is junk, let’s face it. You need to be strong, be strict and throw it in the trash!


Forgetting spaces

using space
The Decorista

Make use of every nook and cranny. Get creative, get your Pinterest cap on and get some inspo. I’ve always wondered where to store my towels, but thanks to Pinterest I’ve seen people make little shelves above their doors to place them on – and they look great! There’s also corner shelving, shelving in alcoves and floor to ceiling shelving. Looks like shelving is the savior of small spaces.


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  1. I’m redecorating soon so this post has been super helpful!

    Ella xx

  2. I just moved to NYC and my whole apartment is the tiny room in my home AND it has little natural light because I’m on the 5th floor inside a 17 story building…the light well doesn’t really live up to it’s name. This was a helpful post and I’m going to be taking all of these tips on board as I decorate and furnish. Thanks!!

  3. ouuu great tips!! I find that natural light is soo important :)

    Xoxo Jessy

  4. Saving these tips to refer to – I’m in the process of sorting out my tiny room and need all the help I can get!! White walls with pops of colour feels like the best way to go! :-)

  5. Wow! great tips. I have a small bedroom too…i could use some of these tips to decorate it.

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