Don't let a small space be the ultimate deal-breaker when it comes to your hopes and dreams of redecorating your petite dwelling. Although small room decorating and space-saving ideas for small rooms can be a challenge, rest assured that with the right guidance, you can maximize each square foot of your house.

Toss away your tiny room woes and embrace your space with our brilliant space-saving ideas for every small room in your home!

Space Saving Solutions And Multi-Functional Furniture For Small Rooms

Wall Color

van courtland blue by benjamin moore

When inhabiting a small area, it's useful to evaluate your belongings and determine whether or not they're meaningful and functional in your space. Having limited square footage and immense clutter is a tough place to start, but the sooner you accept what works and what doesn't, the faster you'll arrive at a creating a brighter and lighter home.

First, if your small room has darker hues on the wall, the deeper tones will absorb light making the area appear smaller. To give the effect of a larger room, paint the walls a lighter and brighter color to reflect light, creating an open and spacious atmosphere, making the room appear much larger. When painting wall trim and moldings, choose a paint color that is lighter than your wall color. Your walls will appear further back from your wall or moldings, thus making the room seem more significant.

Popular paint choices for small rooms include soft shades of off-white, blue, yellow, gray, and green from Benjamin Moore, Behr, and Sherwin-Williams, to name a few. Learn how to paint a room and not mess it up!


hayden double shade arched floor lamp

Lighting plays a crucial part in creating the illusion that a small space is larger than it appears to be. Utilize the windows in your small area, allowing natural light to penetrate the interior, generating a more substantial effect.

When choosing window treatments for your small space, avoid heavy draperies, and cover your windows with roman shades, and sheer fabrics, that will expand the space visually.

If you lack natural light in your small space, you'll need to purchase lighting fixtures that work well in small areas. Lighting can have a significant impact on interior design by changing the perception of the space itself. When natural lighting goes only so far, choose a mix of space-saving options such as track lighting, recessed lighting, and free-standing lamps with minimal footprint such as the Hayden double arched floor lamp by Orren Ellis to help illuminate from above.


half mirror shelf

A simple and inexpensive way to make your small space appear larger would be to hang a mirror on your wall to reflect both natural and artificial light. If possible, try to hang your mirror near a window so it can reflect the beautiful outdoors. If your scenery is lackluster, place faux greenery around the mirror for a refreshing look. Check out this mirror from West Elm that doubles as a mirror and shelving unit for added space.

Furniture Rearrangement

small living room ideas

Start by opening up your space, rearranging your furniture so that larger pieces are against the wall, and away from walkways into the room.

If you choose to purchase new furniture, select furniture that is scaled to fit the size of the room. For instance, select furniture that is lower to the ground, such as couches with legs that will draw the eye upward and create the illusion of more light and space in a small room.



The furniture you already own, may or may not be multi-functional, and could be taking up a significant amount of space. To avoid wasting space, purchase multi-functional furniture, such as a double-duty ottoman that can also act as a footrest, a coffee table, a seat, and storage space for family games and afghan blankets. Check out this storage ottoman from Latitude Run at Wayfair.

Nesting Tables

nesting tables

Nesting tables save space by allowing side tables to nest under a coffee table, a great space-saving solution for your living room when they're not in use. Check out Mercury Row's set of three nesting tables at Wayfair.

Bathroom Storage

over the toilet storage

Forego over the toilet art hangings and make room for more space in your tiny bathroom by purchasing an over the toilet shelving unit. Not only will an over-the-toilet shelving unit alleviate unnecessary clutter and offer organizational solutions in your small bathroom, but you can also place bathroom decor such as signage, and faux plants. Take a peek at 17 stories' over the toilet shelving unit at Wayfair.

Floating Shelves

rustic wooden floating shelves

Perfect for small living, floating shelves fit in virtually any space, whether it be in your living room, bedroom, bathroom, or a laundry room. A floating shelf may not be the answer to a full-sized bookshelf, but it can fit a few beloved novels, albums, knick-knacks, and greenery up on a wall, opening up space on the floor. We love Foundstone's rustic wooden floating shelves from Wayfair. If you're feeling handy try out some of these DIY shelving ideas!

Beds With Storage

little seeds trundle bed

If you'd like to maximize your storage in your bedroom, consider purchasing a platform bed with built-in-drawers that will come in handy when you're living in tight quarters. Avoid bulky four-poster beds, as they'll take up a great deal of real estate in your bedroom. Opt for headboards or platform beds, as they can still be stylish without the larger footprint.

If you live in a studio apartment or have a spare bedroom or study that doubles as a sitting room, consider purchasing a day bed rather than an uncomfortable futon for your overnight guests. A daybed is a perfect solution for those seeking a comfortable and attractive setting for both sitting and sleeping in a small space. Check out Little Seeds twin daybed with trundle at Wayfair. The Little Seeds daybed is not only stylish, but also sleeps two, can be tucked away, and utilized as a couch when not utilized as a bed.

Vertical Space

metal bookcase west elm

Stuck and can't think of other ways to utilize your small space? If you've hit a wall, think about going up, literally! Using vertical space in a small area is a brilliant and stylish way to open up a small area and stay organized.

Bookcases come in various widths and lengths to suit your small space. Choose a sleek, narrow bookshelf for tight areas where you'd to display everything from books, framed photographs, and candles—place decorative wicker baskets on wider bookcases when storage is scarce. West Elm's modern perforated metal bookshelf offers five roomy shelves to safely display your books, photos, baskets, and more.

Although not traditionally intended for the laundry room, a small bookshelf can also be utilized in a tiny laundry room that lacks storage. Gather your laundry supplies, organize them into separate baskets, place them in the bookshelf for easy access next time you're ready to do laundry.

The top of the bookshelf also doubles as a nice area to fold clothes. Add a table lamp to the head of your bookshelf and some cute laundry signage, and then you'll have yourself an adorable laundry nook.

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