Make the Most of a Small Space

Don't let space constraints cramp your style. Setting up a Pinterest-worthy home is easier
than you think.

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8 Brilliant Small Space Ideas

Want more tips? Here are 8 tips from our stylists for designing a small room, apartment or home.

1. Scale down
(and style up)

Considering scale—the visual size of objects in relation to one another—is key. Small spaces can quickly become overwhelmed by even one disproportionately sized couch so stay away from over-scaled furniture. Instead, pair a side chair or two with a smaller-scaled sofa or settee.

2. Lighten up

Light brightens and visually opens up any space, so make the most of it. Strategically placed mirrors can help reflect natural light into dark corners and create the illusion of depth.

3. Show some leg

Choosing lofty, leggy furniture is another light-enhancing trick. When light passes below sofas, chairs + dressers and you see more of the floor, the room feels brighter and airier, and furniture has less visual heft.

4. Go vertical

Make the most of your wall space to maximize storage and free up square footage. Try installing wall hooks in place of a coat rack. Use modular shelving to take bookshelves up to the ceiling.

5. Zone out

Small space living can sometimes feel like you're trapped with nowhere to go. Create "zones" within a single space to create the illusion of multiple rooms. Try using rugs and furniture placement to define different areas and activities (dining, relaxing, working). And if you're living in a studio apartment, open bookshelves or a strategically placed curtain can serve as a room divider or privacy screen.

6. Know your (color) limits

For small spaces, that's generally two or three primary hues, max—any more and it'll start to feel chaotic. Stick with a light, muted palette to keep the room feeling spacious and bright. Use accessories like pillows, throws and bedding to add in pops of color.

7. Make 'em multi-task

To save space, choose pieces that do double-duty—like a sleeper sofa that turns your living room into a guest room, a bed with storage drawers, or a coffee table that hides a pop-up desk.

8. Cut corners

Round furniture not only takes up less space, it's also easier to maneuver around in tight spaces. Go with the flow and carve out a dining nook with a bistro table or opt for a round coffee or side table instead of a rectangular one.

Need help? Our designers can create a floor plan and suggest the best furniture for your small space. Ask in store or learn more at westelm.com/style-service.