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Small Home Design Inspiration

Take any small home, add creativity, imagination and a love of simplicity. What you get is a décor that’s as inspired and functional as any. “You know you have reached perfection of design not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.”-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. When designing a small home, work with minimalism, as it’s not a compromise. Minimalism can be luxury in disguise. It’s practical, functional and easily maintainable. It focuses on emphasizing not only the furniture and decorations, but the configuration of the space that contains them.

Decorating small homes, small rooms require a lot of planning. You must make the most out of the available space. We browsed the web and brought you 10 unique rooms. Some are amazing and some may need improvements. Let them serve as inspiration.

1. Natural light in a small home

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In this room, the window is the focus point. It’s closely followed by the angle located below the eye level. The presence of the bi-colored curtain accentuates the transition. Also, it’s the starting point that invites the eye to explore the flow of color.

2. Color palette 

small home Color palette

When decorating a small home, stay safe by choosing a light color scheme or a neutral dominated one. You can add accents of color to spice things up.

3. Open shelving in a small home 

small dining

Open shelves are not for everyone’s taste, as they may give the impression of a cluttered space. However, they are great for displaying those certain items you’d want to leave in plain sight. Make use of your organization skills and aesthetic sense to create a harmonious composition.

4. Putting too many items on display

small apartment kitchen

Open shelves can make or break a space.  Displaying too many items can clutter the room and create visual discomfort.

5. Choose the right furniture size 

furniture size

When decorating a small home try to stay clear of oversized furniture. Choose furniture that fits. If possible opt for furnishing the living room with a sofa or chairs with visible legs.

6. Decorating mistake in a small home

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Stuffing your room with furniture will make it look cluttered and make it uncomfortable to use. For example, in this living room, there are two tables, two sofas and one chair. It’s clearly visible that they block the flow of circulation. In this situation, a good ideas would be to lose one of the two sofas and one table. The solution would be to buy a few floor pillows and a laptop tray. Another two necessary change would be relocating the chandelier and creating a good focal point.

7. The placement of a chandelier 

small dining room table with bench

The safe choice is to place over a dining table or coffee table. This will accentuate the entire area. Also, a good design move is duplicating the chandelier with a mirror. Take precautions when choosing a large mirror to reflect the dining table. Watching yourself eat may be distracting and uncomfortable.

8.  Open floor plan- perfect for a small home 

open plan apartment

There are many advantages to open floor plans, as the can benefit from one another. The rooms appear to be larger and they receive more natural light.

9. A replacement for the dining room 

kitchen with island and stools

If you lack space in your small home, choose to replace the classic living room with a bar. It’s an elegant and classy alternative. Also, it’s perfect for separating the kitchen from the living room.

10. Spice things up with patterns 

small narrow bedroom

Break the monotony of the neutrals with interesting patterns. Scatter them across the room and invite the eye to explore it.

Enjoy the beauty of simplicity.  Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. – William Morris.

Currently studying architecture, I'm enamored of all visual arts. My path in architecture started with drawing. The childish play soon developed into a passion and then into a choice of profession. Architecture taught me a lot of things that can be applied in interior design. I'll share with you my perception of space along with tips on how to manipulate it to suit your needs. Enjoy!


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