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  • Writer's pictureHeather Holcombe

Seven Useful Tips to Maximize a Small Space



Maximizing space in small rooms can be a fun and creative challenge! Do you have big or small furniture? Do you pare down the number of furniture pieces? So many questions! Well, here are some valuable tips to help you make the most of a small space:


1. Multi-Functional Furniture: One of the best things you can do in a small space is use multi-functional furniture. Here are some examples:

  • A sofa that converts into a bed for guests.

  • Use ottomans to store items like blankets and pillows and provide extra seating.

  • Use dining tables or desks that can expand or collapse as needed.


2. Maximize Natural Light:  Light can make a room look larger.

  • Install large windows to let in more light.

  • Use sheer or light curtains or shades to let in as much natural light as possible.


3. Monochromatic Colors: Use one color in various hues for a monochromatic color palette that blurs lines, making the room look more spacious.  

  • To make the space feel larger, use the same color in various hues on the walls, trim, soft furnishings, and furniture.

  • Use different textures and fabrics in similar hues to add visual interest.


4. Smart Layouts: Carefully design small spaces with strategic layouts.

  • Open spaces help small rooms feel bigger.

  • Create flow by placing furniture strategically to ensure plenty of walking space around and between furniture.

  • Limit the use of non-essential furniture.

  • Use every nook and cranny of available space in creative ways to maximize space.


5. Declutter and Organize: Clutter can make a space look smaller, especially when clutter involves lots of small tchotchkes.

  • Declutter items by keeping (and using) what you need and love only.

  • Use hidden storage such as under-bed storage, built-in cabinets with drawers and doors to hide clutter, and storage benches/ottomans.


6. Use Vertical Space: Use your vertical space, especially in rooms with tall ceiling height!

  • Install shelves that go up to the ceiling. Install tall vertical windows to add more natural light.

  • Use hooks and racks for extra storage and hanging items like pots, pans, or even bicycles.

  • Install wall-mounted open shelves, desks, or tables that can be folded down.


7. Reflective and transparent furniture:  Reflective surfaces can make a space look larger.

  • Glass or acrylic furniture helps to keep a space visually open.

  • Glossy and reflective surfaces, even high-gloss paints, can help bounce light through the room.


Implementing some of these tips can transform a small space into a functional, stylish, and comfortable room. If you need assistance, please contact me for a consultation. I work with clients throughout the Triangle in North Carolina.

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