small space living…
fitting in decor

Big houses have fallen out of vogue; the McMansions of yesterday have given way to more modest-sized homes, and there’s even been a resurgence of multigenerational living. A century ago, it wasn’t uncommon for a family unit to include three or even four generations under one roof. With the rising interest in sustainable living, many families are looking to make the most of their space, and find room for children, or even elderly parents, without buying a bigger home. How do you decorate when space is at a premium?

  • Use mirrors to help reflect light and create a sense of more open space.
  • Avoid clutter, find creative ways to store things so they’re neat and out of sight.
  • Use pops of bright color to create visual interest and draw the eye away from the size of the space.
  • Consider picking up a variety of small, wood side chairs, then paint them all to match. They’re instant extra seating that will fit in anywhere in the house when not in use.
  • Switch to sheer drapes for a lighter, brighter feeling space. Take them all the way up to the ceiling to give a sense of grand scale to even petite rooms.
  • Use every nook and cranny to your advantage. Maybe you can fit a reading chair in that awkward corner, or some storage baskets under those stairs.
  • Take a cue from those who live on boats—have a space for everything and put everything in its space.
  • Make sure each space can serve multiple purposes. Your dining room can also be a craft space, home office, place to do your gift wrapping, and so much more.
  • Schedule regular edits of your home—if you’re not using it, donate or recycle it, but don’t let it take up valuable space in your home.
  • Establish a landing strip with hooks or trays for things like keys, coats, outgoing mail and more. All those little things we need coming and going need a home that’s convenient.


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