Whether you live in an apartment, an older home with smaller rooms or just have limited space in your house, decorating and furnishing a small space presents a challenge. By adding subtle details to a room, such as an oversized mirror, the right paints, or lighter window treatments, you can trick the eye into believing your space is larger and more roomy than it actually is.

Here are some tips from Lauren Clement, of local interior design firm Lauren Nicole Designs  to guide you through your next room renewal along with some great small room finds from our local shops.

  • Use oversized mirrors. Mirrors reflect and bounce light around a room. You can also use mirrored furniture which will give you the same effect.
  • Use leggy furniture. The more you can use furniture with a more open base to it, the better.  This allows your eye to see beyond and through the furniture pieces making the room appear larger. Heavy, blocky furniture pieces will close off the space, making it appear much smaller.
  • Paint is your friend through thick and thin. Paint or wallpaper your ceiling a darker color – it gives the illusion of the ceiling fading away into space and can be quite dramatic.
  • Keep your window treatments light. Window treatments are one of the most important finishing touches in a space, but be aware, if done wrong, they can make a room look itty bitty.
    1. Mount them as high as possible to pull your eye upchoose colors that are lighter 
    2. Choose an airy fabric
    3. If you need privacy use shades, pick those that can be pulled out of the way to let in as much light as possible (shutters typically will block out a lot of light)

 

small space decorating

Lauren Nicole Designs

small space decorating

Lauren Nicole Designs

small space decorating

Lauren Nicole Designs

 

We shopped some stores around town for their suggestions on what works well in a small space:

Traditions

Smaller dimensions on traditional furniture styles are perfect for small rooms, apartments and spaces.

Sherrill Furniture Settee $1,930.00

Lee Slipper Chair $1,285

Lee Chair $1,335

Mericana Small Bench $495

Resource Decore Jade Dressing Table $2,200

Elk Shagreen Side Table $225

Wood Bench with Goat fur $350

 

Storey Home in Dilworth (HT center on East Blvd)

This coffee table breaks apart into 4 separate sections- each smaller piece is 14” x 14” x 18” high. Perfect drink tables when needed! $2400.00

This dressing bench can sit at the end of a bed or fill a corner- it’s useful and pretty, too! $1850.00

Etagere- can stand alone or be paired with another to be a simple room divider. And is the perfect place to store items. $2790.00

Maritini tables can go anywhere- and are great in small spaces. Gold base/stone top- $785.00. Bronze metal- $495.00

Maritini tables can go anywhere- and are great in small spaces. Gold base/stone top- $785.00. Bronze metal- $495.00

 

 

Classic Attic in the back lot of PRSC right by the new Amelie’s

Smaller scales and sizes are always on hand at Classic Attic. BUT, things sell quickly so shop early and shop often!