7 Mistakes Sometimes Made In Small Spaces

7 Mistakes Sometimes Made In Small Spaces

Rebecca Orlov
Oct 8, 2008

We often post design tips for maximizing a small space to its fullest form + function + design. In this case, we wanted to highlight some pitfalls or small mistakes often made so you can avoid them when creating the home that's right for you. After the jump, check out 7 design mistakes shared by designers who have seen it all.

1) Cramming the space with too much stuff.
A large piece of furniture can actually make the space feel larger, as long as it's selected carefully. -Laura Kirar

2) Not paying enough attention to the color of flooring and walls.
Lighter walls and lighter floors do automatically give the illusion of more space. -Mary McGee

3) Playing it safe.
[You can still have bold prints in your space without the full commitment of wallpaper and/or paint.] Instead, put a large-scale printed fabric or wallpaper on the walls and even the ceiling. It's easier, safer, and less expensive to be dramatic in a small space. You might get tired of a bold print in the main living area, but it can make a smaller, less-used room an exciting space to spend time. -Victoria Neale

4) Often, a small space is a missed opportunity.
Turn it into a jewel box. Find out how designer Philip did this to his space here. -Philip Gorrivan

5) White walls.
Paint the room a dark charcoal gray. This will actually really open up the space. -Paul Mathieu

6) Proportion and scale are vital.
You should have furniture made in the correct width, height, and depth for the scale of a room. -Todd Klein

7) Not strategizing.
Divide a room geometrically into task-oriented zones - working, sleeping, relaxing, dining. Think in halves, quarters, or even on the diagonal and assign a function to each section. -Elaine Griffin

Hopefully the ideas and thoughts offered by these established designers will help you in your own space. Of course whatever works for you is most important. Personally, we will be living and breathing Mistake #1 - that seems to be our pitfall. Click here to read more about the designers' advice featured in House Beautiful.

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