eclectic Living room by Mauricio Arruda Design

10 bold ways to decorate a small room

Sarah Tolle – Homify Canada Sarah Tolle – Homify Canada
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Contrary to what you might believe, the decoration and layout of a small room does not have to pose a problem. Spaciousness is just one aspect of a room—and it’s a feeling just as much as it is a physical reality. With rising housing prices, designers are finding it ever more important to do more with less space, creating designs that allow you to appreciate every square inch of a room, no matter its size. 

Perhaps the most important takeaway is the general guideline that your room’s dimensions are only part of the equation: the furniture style, composition of the room, and materials used from floor to ceiling will also have a profound effect on the look and feel of the space. Limited only by walls, you are free to decorate however you choose.

Here are 10 stylish small rooms to inspire your imagination: go forth and create your own dramatic, bold, and eye-catching spaces, regardless of square footage.

​1. Industrial

industrial Media room by MARIANGEL COGHLAN
MARIANGEL COGHLAN

Estar familiar

MARIANGEL COGHLAN

This room, which incorporates elements of industrial style, is filled with very little: sofa, coffee table, side table, lamp. However, interesting patterns and a rich variety of textures turn the small living room into a dynamic industrial-style space.

​2. Eclectic

Redecorating a small room on the cheap? A mismatched, eclectic theme like this one prizes thrift shop and upcycled pieces. Uninhibited by space limitations, the playful variety and abundance of artistic decor in this room pack plenty of personality.

​3. Tropical

Any room can become a refreshing escape if you can imagine it. This living room may be little, but the impact of the woven furniture, tropical imagery, natural wood, and bright lighting is nothing  short of delightful.

​4. Informal

An L-shaped couch takes full advantage of space in this design, fitting well with the shape and size of the central coffee table for easy circulation.

​5. Rustic

rustic Living room by Lucia Manzano
Lucia Manzano

Casa de praia – Guaecá SP

Lucia Manzano

This rustic room employs a classic layout with friendly seating on three sides, joined by a centrally located coffee table. As one of the most attractive features of the room, the glass windows and doors remain unobscured.

​6. Beachy

A distinct feeling of laissez-faire settles over this laid-back beachy room, its blank walls  giving the cluster of decorative objects and furniture room to breathe.

​7. Loft

In a lofted layout, small rooms are generally short on floor space while benefiting from abundant headspace. This lofted design draws eyes upwards with a large canvas that takes advantage of vertical space.

​8. Scandinavian

Fresh and light, Scandinavian style is a favorite for small rooms. Filled with interesting patterns and lines, this Scandi living room uses slim furniture and lightweight linens to avoid overburdening the small room.

​9. Organic

Take comfort in your small space by instilling a deliberate earthy and organic atmosphere. Rich Earth tones like orange and brown, in addition to natural materials like leather and wood, will help to turn an annoyingly cramped space into a blissfully comforting space.

​10. Modern

Not only does this room play with scale (a low profile sofa goes up against large wall canvasses and an oversized lamp), it also uses the presence of one colour to unite various parts of the room, letting the rest of the neutral areas to take a step back. This works to visually increase the amount of negative space in the room.

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