Maximizing Small Spaces with Creative Interior Design Solutions


The internet is full of interior design inspiration accounts– full of big rooms with high ceilings, lots of natural light, and plenty of thriving, leafy green plants.

Unfortunately, not everyone has access to spaces like that, or time to maintain them. Trying to decorate a small space the same way as the most popular interior design influences might leave you with a cramped, crowded room full of expensive items that just don’t work for your space or your lifestyle.

The good news is that no matter how small your space, or how limited your budget, you can absolutely turn your home into a Pinterest-save-worthy space with just a little creativity.

Focus on the big stuff

In every room, there’s bound to be a focal point of some kind. In a bedroom, this is probably your bed; in a living room, this might be a TV, couch, or fireplace.

Making that focal point look its absolute best can make a huge change within a space.

This is a helpful hack for making your space look more organized, too. If you want your room to look a little more put-together but don’t have the time or energy to do a deep clean, you can always just neatly make your bed. 

It’s the biggest thing in the room and the first thing people will see– so if it’s looking great, the room looks great, too.

If your couch or TV are the focal point of your living room, then using throw pillows and blankets to create a cozy, welcoming vibe can help pull the room together, too. For a TV, scour local thrift stores and Facebook marketplace for TV consoles that fit your decorating vibe.

Consider versatility

If you have limited space, you’ll want to find pieces that can work for multiple tasks.

For example, if you live in a studio or one-bedroom apartment and work from home, you might not be sure how to set up a designated office space where you can focus.

Unique pieces like desks that fold up into the wall when not in use can allow you to work efficiently from home but also free up a lot of space for entertaining after work hours.

If something like a folding desk doesn’t appeal to you, there are certainly other options. Taking advantage of pieces with plenty of storage can be a big space-saver. Utilizing bookshelves, cabinets, and coffee tables with shelves and storage can keep all of your important items within view but out of the way.

You can even find bed frames that contain storage underneath, which can allow you to store out-of-season clothes in a secure spot and maximize closet space.

Color, light, and reflection

There are a few visual tricks that can help a small space feel a lot bigger, even if you don’t have high ceilings or a lot of windows.

Mirrors are versatile; you can find a mirror to suit virtually any decorating theme, and utilizing reflection can make a space feel a lot roomier.

Using light colors can also keep a space feeling light and airy rather than oppressive, which is essential if you’re decorating a small space without much natural light.

Plus, using strategic table and floor lamps throughout a space can make the room feel a lot more dimensional than simply using one overhead light for everything.

How can I maximize my small room?

At Kaufman by Design, our interior decorating experts are here to help you figure out what lighting, flooring, and furniture pieces will look the best within your home.

We’re here to make recommendations and answer any questions you might have. To get started on your interior design journey, give us a call today!