How to style small rooms

Tips and tricks to make the most of small spaces.

Decorating your home can be difficult when you live in a small space and do not have as much room to express your style. 

Victory Blinds Managing Director Stuart Clark shared his top tips on how to style small spaces.

Paint your skirting boards

Mr Clark said a trick to make a space feel bigger is to paint the skirting boards the same colour as the wall. 

“This will elongate your walls and make them feel taller instead of cutting them short,” he said.

“This tip works best if you have painted your walls a dark colour as a white skirting board would stand out and make the wall divided.”

Add reflective surfaces 

“You can instantly create the illusion of space by simply adding mirrors to a room,” Mr Clark said.

“This is because the mirror will reflect light around the room. 

“Accompanying a mirror with a light and airy colour palette will add to the effect.” 

Replace curtains with blinds 

Mr Clark said swapping curtains for blinds can make a room feel more spacious.

“Blinds can make a room look taller and, as they free up space on either side of the window, they instantly make a room feel bigger,” he said.

Be smart with storage 

Mr Clark said smart storage options could open up a small space.

“If you want a space to feel bigger, it is best to keep it clean and free of clutter as too much furniture can make a room feel smaller than it is,” he said.

“Benches that have extra storage underneath are perfect or floating shelves that free up floor space and offer a smart solution to your storage needs.” 

Layered art 

Mr Clark said art lovers who lacked wall space could get creative to display their art.

“A shelf or nightstand layered with framed art can make a huge impact without having to waste any space,” he said.

“It also gives you a chance to add colour to your room if you are sticking to a light colour scheme.”

Utilise light 

Mr Clark said natural light was a small space’s best friend. 

“Maximise this hanging window furnishings like roller blinds, which can be tucked away during the day to let in as much light as possible,” he said. 

“As natural light can only get you so far, be smart with your artificial light by having a mix of overhead and accent lighting. 

“Wall lamps are a great option for saving floor space and making a room feel bigger.”