Clearing-up Small Space Myths

BUSTED: 4 SMALL SPACE MYTHS

800 SQ FT - Small Space Myth Buster 0

With the challenges of a small space there are so much advice about what you should and should not do. I’ve never been partial to the word CAN’T; it’s so limiting.  So let’s bust some myths about decorating in a small space and show that there is always a CAN. You just have to know HOW… WHEN… and perhaps WHERE.

Myth Buster 1
Myth Buster 1

It’s not about avoiding large furniture but about finding the RIGHT sized furniture for your space. It’s far better to have the fewest number of larger functional pieces than it is having many small items fulling and visually cluttering. Choose the largest pieces that fit your space and serves you. This might mean buying that six foot sofa you’ve been eyeing and simply complimenting it with one small scale armchair. Just use this in moderation. Introduce large pieces in small quantities.

Myth Buster 2
800 SQ FT - Small Space Myth Buster 2
Myth Buster 2

Most small space dwellers I know have tons of stuff (*cough* *cough* I will not expose myself here…lol). Living in a small space does not mean that you have to live as a minimalist. Feel free! Fill your space with the things you love!
Oh… wait! Maybe I should put the breaks on that last statement. Yes, clutter packing your space will make any home look closed in whether it is 800 sq. ft. or 3000 sq. ft., so understand that I am not talking about setting yourself out for a hoarders journey. Rather learning how to really use your space and create a stylish and functional home by surrounding yourself with items that make you feel ah-mazing. Find creative ways to incorporate your loved items into your decor by using walls, creating zones and playing scale and balance.
Myth Buster 3
Myth Buster 3

Lighter colours will always make a room feel bright and airy, but this does not mean that small space dwellers should limit themselves to only neutral or commit to neutral colours on elements like walls or furniture.  Pops of colour bring personality and interest to a space and make it feel anything but small. Don’t be afraid to use colour, just make sure you find a balance that works in your space.

Myth Buster 4
Myth Buster 4

Now this couldn’t be more wrong! Patterns do not make a room feel smaller any more than colour does. It’s not the use of pattern that matters but how the pattern is used. When decorating with multiple patterns in a small space try to work with patterns that link together. Meaning work with patterns that either have similar colour scheme or print. Then use one of the colour in the print to anchor on the wall or rug. Create links and references between the pattern and before you know it you would have build a dynamic small abode.

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