Smart ways to spruce up a small space

With a little imagination, you can create eye-catching, functional rooms throughout your house. (submitted photo)
With a little imagination, you can create eye-catching, functional rooms throughout your house. (submitted photo)

Giving a design facelift to small spaces may seem challenging. But you can make more of every square inch with creative solutions.

Small spaces need natural light. Try hanging curtains beyond the window frame and near the ceiling to let in more.
This drapery placement makes windows look larger and adds to the perceived height of the room. Add a large decorative mirror on an adjacent wall to reflect every sliver of available light.
While conventional decorating wisdom doesn't recommend placing furniture in front of windows, in a small room such as a bedroom, it makes sense to use windows as the focal point and center furniture in front of them.
In tiny bedrooms, options can be limited, and it's often better to create a strong focal point with a bed than to awkwardly push it to one side.

Focal wall
Light walls make small rooms feel larger, but there can be exceptions to this rule.
An accent wall can bring definition and scale to a tiny space. The first step is to choose the right wall to paint.
Depending on the room, it's typically a fireplace wall, one that anchors a key piece of furniture, an interesting nook or a bookcase wall.
Achieve sharp lines and professional paint results easily with a high quality painter's tape, such as FrogTape brand painter's tape, which is treated with patented PaintBlock Technology that forms a micro-barrier against paint bleed.
For drama, use darker shades to add depth to the room. However, keep furniture and adjacent walls lighter to prevent the room from feeling cluttered. For medium color walls, a bright color or fun pattern on an accent wall will help enliven the space.
Also, consider repainting trim a bright white to make the accent wall stand out.

Smart shelving
Shelves, cabinets and pegboard racks can promote organization without exhausting limited floor and counter space.
Bring cozy kitchens to the next level with shelving that reaches the ceiling. Install electrical outlets within shelving so you don't have to move appliances to use them.
"Floating" shelves allow you to show off favorite accessories, like cookbooks, vases and baskets, while boosting storage capacity.
Repurpose old barn wood for a rustic look or utilize plumbing pipe for an industrial and modern design.

Creative storage
Choosing pieces with multiple functions is a must. Storage can also serve as décor. Visit garage sales and flea markets to find special pieces that you can repurpose.
An old trunk or suitcase can be a fashionable and functional side table or coffee table, while hiding odds and ends. Customize these gems to coordinate with your decor by adding a unique painted design using painter's tape. For ideas, visit
If you're looking to preserve the item's vintage appeal, make sure you tape off any latches or distinctive details to prevent paint bleed.
Often the best design solutions are born of necessity; and with a little imagination you can create eye-catching, functional rooms throughout your house.


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