Design Tips for Maximizing Small Spaces


Small homes, condos, and apartments can present unique decor challenges. If you're not careful, the wrong pieces could make your home start to feel cluttered and even smaller than it is. At John Elliott Interiors, our team is comprised of experts in creating beautiful and functional designs for any sized space. Read on to learn tips on how to design your small space, and visit our location to find the perfect pieces for your home!

Choose the Right Furniture

Furniture can have a big effect on the look, flow, and functionality of a space. A small living room can appear even more cramped if occupied by a large couch. Before going shopping for your new home’s furniture, measure out the space where you would like to stage each piece. Go the extra mile by taping off the area on the floor to help visualize how the room will flow once the new pieces are in place.

For small open concept spaces, use furniture to separate rooms. This allows you to define unique spaces, making the area feel bigger than it is. When empty, an area can feel like one large room. But with the proper staging, it can feel more like a cozy, comfortably-designed interior.

Keep space free in the living room by mounting your television and sound equipment on the wall rather than installing them in an entertainment center. The more floor space that remains free, the larger the room will feel.

Be Thoughtful About Storage

Maximizing the storage space in your home can help prevent clutter from accumulating and making it feel smaller. Look for areas in your home where space is currently being wasted. Does your hallway have a dead end? Add shelving with simple baskets and crates to store linen items and other odds and ends out of eyesight. Put your bed on risers to allow for even more storage underneath. Keep in mind that if you install risers, you will need to order a non-standard bed skirt to reach the floor.

Optimize the Space with Lighting and Color Scheme

Light, soft colors help make a space feel bigger by reflecting light throughout the room. Use a light color on the walls, and anchor the space with a darker hue from the same color family. Going dark to light from floor to ceiling can give the impression that a room is taller and larger than it actually is.

When choosing decor pieces, keep them in scale with the rest of the room, and choose one to two accent colors to incorporate in little ways to add interest without overwhelming the small space. For example, choose couch pillows and throws with accent stitching instead of a solid bright color. Items with textures are also a great way to add visual interest without too the distraction of too-bright colors.

Your Home Design at the Lake

John Elliott Interiors is the best interiordesign company at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we have your back when it comes to creating the perfect design in your home. Whether it is for a small or large room, our experts have the creativity and know-how to design a beautiful space for you and your family.

Let us help you create an interior for your life.

2265 Bagnell Dam Blvd.
Lake Ozark, MO 65049


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