Making the Most of a Small Space


As an interior design store at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have many clients come in with all different types and styles of homes. We help all of our clients create a space that they love, from large luxury homes to cute and quaint vacation condos - and each type has their challenges. In a vacation town, though, we have many clients who want to update the style of their vacation condo, while still making it a functional and usable space when they come for a visit. Here are a few tips to make the most of a small space - whether it's a vacation condo or your tiny home!

Think Up - Not Out

When you have a smaller space, it's important to keep everything moving in an upward direction. It can be even easier if you have nice vaulted ceilings which can be popular among lake homes. Opt for tall bookcases that keep your collection moving towards the ceiling, and if you have decorative shelves or groupings of artwork - keep them moving vertically instead of horizontally.

Find Smart Furniture

There are many pieces of furniture that can create a beautiful style while still improving the usability of your space. Whether you look for bed frames with storage drawers and shelves in it or a hallway cabinet that can store your linens or organize your paperwork. It's important to make sure that your furniture is working with you when creating a beautiful style.

Grow Your Space With Mirrors

Just like magicians use mirrors to create an illusion - create your own illusion with the use of mirrors. Hanging mirrors in small spaces, like a half bathroom, or a small hallway will help make the space feel larger while also making the light even brighter.

Hang Them High

See a common theme here? Keep everything moving upwards! A little trick to make your ceilings look high (even if they aren't) is to hang your curtains as close to the ceiling as you can. The extra height will create a taller illusion and make the ceilings look tall.

Swap Out for a Settee

In small spaces, you can make large pieces of furniture work - but that doesn't always mean it's the best use of your space. If you have a small living area, try swapping your large couch or sectional for a smaller settee to increase the floor space while still providing a space to relax and entertain.

Decorating. Organizing. Living.

At John Elliott Interiors, we want to make your space a place that you can come home to - and feel like you're home! From adding accents to finish the design, adding new furniture, or a complete overhaul of your home and starting fresh, we can help! Let our interior design store at the Lake of the Ozarks be your one stop connection for beauty and style.

Let us help you create an interior for your life.

2265 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Lake Ozark, MO 65049


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