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10 design hacks for small spaces

Don’t let a tiny home crush your design dreams. There are so many interesting ways to put together a room, no matter how big or small. Here are some clever design hacks that will help you get the most out of your space.

1. Lighten up! Try to avoid dark colours in a small room and opt for light and bright instead. Think white, grey, aqua, soft pink and lavender. These colours will maximize natural light in the room and create an illusion of a bigger space.

White table and chairs in front of high and wide white and grey curtains

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2. Hang ‘em high. One of the easiest ways to open up a room is to hang your curtains high and wide. Take a look at this handy graphic below for a little guidance.

Demonstration on good and bad ways to hang curtains.  The good way involves hanging them 2/3 the distance between the ceiling and the floor, extending the curtain rod 10-12 inches the width of the window on either side and having the curtains just barely touch the floor.

Image Credit: Style by Emily Henderson

3. Three words: wall mounted desks. Don’t have the space for a home office? Problem solved. Wall mounted desks are a great solution and there are so many stylish options to choose from. Check out some of these examples.

Floating desk with laptop and other objects on top of it

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4. Use a mirror to make a room seem bigger and add depth. Mirrors are often used in traditional places throughout a home (like in a bathroom, bedroom or over the fire place), but they can do wonders by giving the illusion of more space in a room. You’ll find lots of great ideas from Houzz (and also likely get lost in hours of interior design inspiration!).

Kitchen with a chalkboard wall

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5. Carve out a dining nook. We love this solution for a tiny (or non-existent) dining space from Offbeat and Inspired. Perfect for a smaller home or rental apartment (just be sure to get the OK from your landlord first!).

Floating table with toast and a mug on top of it

Image Credit: Offbeat and Inspired

6. Create some separation. Living in a studio apartment can be challenging, but it doesn’t mean you have to make sacrifices when it comes to cool design. One of the best ways to add a bit of flair to your home is by incorporating a room divider. Whether it’s curtains or fabric panels, shelves or simply using a couch to separate your sleeping from your living space, there are lots of options to choose from.

Well-lit bedroom

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7. Have fun with storage. Add shelving wherever possible, use colourful bins to store trinkets or an ottoman in place of a coffee table – the possibilities are endless! And when all else fails… think IKEA.

Compact white bedroom

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8. Keep it minimal. Speaking of IKEA, why not take a page out of the Scandinavian style book? There are no shortage of ideas on how to give an otherwise small, cluttery space some balance – and breathing room.

Kitchen and eating space attached to living room

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9. When in doubt, add plants. Adding a little greenery to your small space will not only add a fun pop of colour, it will help clean the air in your home. Win-win!

Living room with a couch, a lamp and small tables

10. Smaller furniture with big impact. Consider shopping at furniture stores that cater to smaller scale furniture, like Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Structube and of course, IKEA. These places know what it’s all about!

A small white bed in a black room

Image Credit: West Elm