Make a Small Space Pop

Small nooks and rooms in your home can sometimes feel like wasted space, but they’re a great design opportunity. When you have a tiny space, it’s a chance to be bold without taking a risk, because there is so little space you have to commit to with the color or palate you’re using. So when it comes to small spaces, go big or go home!

Entry halls: Since there’s nothing else going on in an entryway, you can be dramatic with your choice of color. Pick a bold color or dramatic print to paint or paper for a big first impression. If you have space for a piece of furniture, keep it simple if you do a print. If you go with a solid for the wall, be bold with a statement piece either in a unique shape or a color that pops.

If you have a piece of art that’s a showpiece, the entry hall can be a great place for it, but keep your space simple and sparing to avoid a cluttered feel.

Half bathrooms: Half bathrooms are great spaces for bold color or prints! They won’t complete with any other part of your home, and even with the door open, only a tiny part of the wall peeks out.

Small bath - big colorMaximize space in your half bath with a slim line toilet and pedestal sink. Use a mirror with an elongated shape. Choose a mirror with a bold frame for even more of a statement. Bold, solid colors are a great choice for a bathroom. These great bathrooms from Collectedblog.com are spot-on!

Closets and storage nooks: Closets and storage spaces don’t have to be boring! Paint the back wall of your built-in shelving for a more formal, bookcase feel, or go with a bold color on the wall to make your shelves pop.

Photo: Ann Marker

Photo: Ann Marker

Using coordinating organizational tools like bins, boxes or baskets will give your storage areas a put-together feel. Use bins to keep floor items from feeling messy and scattered.

If you want to maximize the space in a small room, use the back wall as your accent wall and paint it a darker color than the other walls to create the illusion of depth. Using a large mirror can also open up a small space. Curtains and tall arrangements can also make a small space feel larger by drawing the eye up, but make sure they don’t add too much volume or the space could feel cramped.

Enjoy your small spaces and use them as an opportunity to pack your home full of design surprises!

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Hayes Burt

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.
Erin Hayes Burt

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Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three girls. She enjoys yoga and reading non chick-lit fiction when she's not translating the ramblings of toddlers or training for her next half marathon.


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