Decorating for Smaller
Home Decorating For Smaller
by: Bonnie P Carrier
Big Things Come In Small Packages Were
all familiar with this quote, its normally
associated with gifts not home decorating, but it
A one or two bedroom house, apartment, condo or
townhouse can be just as impressive and grand as
something with fifteen bathrooms, Wow, imaging having
to clean all those, I have enough trouble with two.
One interesting things I have found from past experience
is that decorating a smaller place is actually easier,
not to mention less expensive.
Whether your currently living in a small space or
downsizing thats another one of those
trendy buzz words, which simply means
your moving into something smaller planning
how your going to decorate or redecorate is a good
may think because its smaller, having large
pieces is out of the question. Not true, having
oversized furniture is not going to make your rooms
appear smaller, what it will do is give a warm inviting
feeling. Of course the layout and size of a room
will determine how many pieces can comfortably go
into it. After all, you may be looking for drama
and comfort, but you still need to be able to maneuver
This also applies to accessories; its better
to have a few large dramatic pieces as opposed to
a lot of small items, which can tend to turn into
clutter and dust collectors. The exception to this
would be with collections. But again you want to
have places to showcase them like glass front hutches,
cabinets, bookcases or shelves.
Another decorating challenge can be in warming up
your new place. This normally can easily be achieved
by adding color with paint. Now thats all
fine and good unless you happen to be renting and
your landlord says Paint, oh no.
Thats ok; color can be added in a number of
other ways. Several examples:
* Window treatments
* Furniture fabric
* Accent pillows
* Area rugs
* Wall art
* Plants & Flowers
Storage can be another issue in a smaller space,
there just never seems to be enough. If youre
buying new furniture or deciding on which pieces
to bring from your current home, look for ones that
can perform double duty.
* Instead of the standard coffee table, look for
one with a flip top or shelves underneath. Cedar
chests, blanket chests or trunks can also be substituted.
* Place an armoire intended for the bedroom in the
living room its the perfect storage place
for remotes, magazines, extra bedding, kitchen linen
or any of those pesky little things you just cant
seem to find a place for.
* A small floor cabinet you might have used in a
bathroom can become an end table. Most of these
come with drawers, shelves or both.
* Decorative stacking boxes or even old suitcases
not only make for great storage, but the also become
* Plastic storage boxes come in a variety of sizes,
colors and are inexpensive. They can be stacked
on shelves in a closet or cabinet, even into drawers.
Clear smaller sizes are perfect storage for shoes,
winter gloves, pictures or how about extension cords,
nails, packages of hooks or hand tools. Larger sizes
can keep extra winter coats, blankets, odd season
clothes or seasonal decorations neat and in one
* Baskets and hampers are another option.
* Kids rooms are always in need of extra places
for all their treasures, plastic milk crates are
perfect for them. They come in many bright brilliant
colors. One suggestion, if you are planning on stacking
the crates and have small children it would be beneficial
to secure them to the wall.
* Plastic shelving units, which can be found in
most discount stores, are perfect for mounting on
the backs of doors or on the wall in closets. These
come in especially handy in the kitchen for holding
extra soda bottles, canned goods, paper towel etc.
Well, I think youve gotten the idea, look
around and use your imagination; you will be surprised
with what you can come up with.
Moving into and decorating a small space can be
challenging, but with a little planning it can be
just a beautiful as any large house. And in the
end size really doesnt matter, if its
filled with the people and things you love, then
you have successfully created a home.
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About The Author
Bonnie P. Carrier is the creator of Savvy Home Decorating.
She is the mother to two grown daughters and a very
spoiled 4yr old Blue Merle Sheltie named Toby. Having
been a homemaker for over 23yrs has provided years
of experience in budget decorating and organization.
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