When talking about decorating, the size of either your home or your budget does not matter. With just a few good moves and some clever decisions, you can make your small living area reach its peak in terms of style and aesthetic appeal in no time. So, let’s get down to business, and see what the tricks of decorating a small home while staying within budget limits are, shall we?
Smaller homes are easier to decorate
As weird as it may sound to some, smaller homes are, in fact, easier to decorate. If you think about it, the lack of space calls for some careful planning and requires fewer decor pieces. This will not only make the entire process of decorating much simpler, but it can also make the space look roomier because smaller spaces are easier to declutter. Multipurpose furniture pieces are a very common feature in such spaces because they provide both comfort and additional storage.
An interesting thing to mention would be the trend Baby Boomers seem to have embraced with open arms – downsizing. Unlike their parents, Baby Boomers are choosing to move to smaller living spaces much earlier in life (some even before retiring) because they are aware of all the benefits a smaller living space brings, particularly in terms of maintenance. It is also interesting to mention that this generation, unlike the previous ones, parts with their belongings more easily. This is probably because they were raised in the era of consumerism where things were made to be disposable, so they never really made a connection with material things on an emotional level.
Smaller homes are cheaper to decorate
In small spaces, color combinations, materials and layout play crucial roles. By painting the adjacent walls different colors, you can visually manipulate the sense of space in a room. If your room is, for example, wider than it is long, you can paint the longer walls in darker colors (and the shorter ones in brighter, of course) to visually widen the room. Furthermore, mix furniture pieces of different heights to create an illusion of a taller ceiling. Add mirrors to increase the amount of light, and again, make the room seem bigger. It’s also better to go with just a few bulky furniture pieces, rather than a lot of small ones.
So, with fewer furniture pieces, only a couple of decor items (which should be impactful and attention-grabbing) and smart use of color and lighting you can achieve a lot in terms of style. As already mentioned, the decor pieces should make a statement, so don’t shy away from investing in quality items, like fancy Karavan decorative pieces, for example.
Smaller homes are more interesting to decorate
It’s easy to create something truly beautiful if you don’t lack in resources such as space or budget. However, your true talent will show if you manage to achieve the same effect with limited resources. So, raid flea markets and antique and vintage shops to find appropriate furniture pieces, and get discounted fabrics, paints and wallpaper. The fact that some items are on a discount doesn’t mean they lack in either stylishness or quality, so choose them whenever possible.
Millennials, for example, are known to maximize the lifespan of things, ranging from clothes to second-hand furniture piecesand various household items. Therefore, try to follow their example and get more for less whenever you can. Also, keep in mind that instead of taking the easy route, opting for the challenging one is always more fun.
As you can see, decorating a small home is neither difficult nor expensive. You just need to determine what you want to include in your home decor and find appropriate pieces that have both style and function. These will allow you to create an environment that will not lack in either coziness or functionality. So, what are you waiting for? Roll up your sleeves and start decorating!
This post was graciously provided by Cooper Klein. Cooper is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for Smoothdecorator and several other sites. You can find him on Twitter.