7 Ways to Maximize Small Spaces

Decorating your home can be a difficult task, especially when decorating small spaces that may keep you away from your dream decor. We did the leg work, and focusing on specific design elements can actually make your space feel a lot larger. Here are some tips and tricks to help you achieve all of your design goals in a small space!

1. Paint the walls a light color

This hack is tried and true! If you love color and find it hard to part with your colorful walls, compromise and paint an accent wall for some spice! White is the go-to, but any lighter base will make the room feel more spacious. 2.\

2. Use different colors to differentiate each area

Color coordination is super eye-pleasing. It can also be useful when you want to separate different parts of a room for different purposes. You may be thinking, “Won’t that look inconsistent?” And, the answer is yes, only if you don’t use colors that complement each other!

3. Buy full-size furniture

This may sound crazy, but decorating with small furniture actually makes rooms feel and look smaller. Especially if some pieces are scaled to a bigger size. While scaled-down furniture may not be the solution to enlarging a small space, choice of furniture is very important.

4. Choose multifunctional furniture

Functionality is a major factor to consider in smaller spaces. Always opt for furniture with a dual purpose, like a couch with storage, or a cabinet that opens up to be a table. This will save some major space!

5. Maximize your walls

Instead of bulky bookshelves that sit on the floor, try installing some floating shelves! Though wall space is often neglected, being able to store things in places other than the floor can open up your space and help declutter other areas.

6. Mirrors

Create an optical illusion by adding mirrors around the room. Mirrors are a great way to make a room seem large and they can be really beautiful, too. We suggest having one at your entryway or in your bedroom!

7. Install artwork that sits higher on your walls

Displaying your artwork above eye level is yet another way to create the illusion of a larger space. This hack will make your ceiling look higher up!

At the end of the day, don’t let a smaller space stop you from creating your dream home. A small space is just another chance for you to get creative, so have fun and don’t be afraid to keep editing!

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Apu Battan

Head of User Growth

Apu Battan is the Head of User Growth at Shopkick.

Apu is first and foremost an analytics leader, with close to 15 years of experience in helping to make decisions through the objective lens of data. Apu has always been a strong advocate for Shopkick’s most valuable customer — the user. He is passionate about acquiring the right users for our business, delighting them with the best product experience, and growing them into loyal, high-value users in the long term. Prior to Shopkick, Apu served as an Analytics Leader at Intuit for close to six years, and at Netflix, Electronic Arts, and Microsoft before that. 

Apu holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science,  and a master’s degree in integrated manufacturing and systems engineering from North Carolina State University, Raleigh.