I’m back with another home decor post – I’ll tell you, one good home decor deserves another, right?

Ever since I redid my little bedroom corner into a cozy reading nook this past winter, I’ve been tackling all sorts of small (and not-so-small) spaces in my home! The boys playroom, toy storage, etc. I guess once you get inspired, the ball just keeps rolling!

Today I want to share with you a few tips I’ve learned from working with Raymour & Flanigan furniture, and my own experience reinventing my small space! Maybe these tips will inspire you to carve out a special spot in your home, reinvent a closet or office, or take advantage of outdoor space more effectively!

Tips for Small Spaces

Tips for Decorating Small Spaces

1. Choose a piece of interest. I was planning to just add a couch to our bedroom and call it a reading spot. But really look around  and you’ll find there’s so many options for seating, that you don’t have to go with your first thought. Choosing a double chaise lounge was different and adds a surprising (and comfortable) element to our room. Plus, we can ALL fit on it, unlike a small couch!

2. Items with dual purpose are your friend. Instead of two side tables, I chose nesting ottomans. They can work as a footrest, a stool, or even a small table to hold books or coffee cups! If I’d gotten JUST a table… well… that’s all I’d have, right?

3. Use texture. I admit, I can go for plain and simple a lot, merely because I think it’s more “functional” and will swap out easier with other things. While that’s somewhat true, too much plain just gets boring! I mean, unless extreme minimalism is your thing…Add detail with textured fabrics, metal embellished pieces, or glossy picture frames or lamps.

tips for small spaces

4. Add repeated contrast. When you add a contrast, add it in more than one place to bring the look together. A metallic lamp and shiny metallic threading in my pillows brightens up the softer fabric upholstery. Circular ottomans and a round rug soften the square edges in the rest of the pieces.

5. Ask for outside help. I really believe even the most creative person benefits from hearing outside ideas. I got so many tips and ideas while shopping at Raymour & Flanigan – and the friendly staff there is also up on new products that I hadn’t seen when browsing online, so it’s good to ask, “what else would you suggest?” and see what other ideas come up! That’s how I ended up with the very cool steamer trunk style lamp table!

6. Accent with personalized pieces. Make sure your space looks like “you” by adding some of your own flair – perhaps a DIY item to hang on the wall, a hand-crocheted quilt, some of your kids’ artwork. Bringing a little “you” into the setting will make the new spot seem just like home right away!

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  • Katherine June 2, 2014, 6:43 am

    Do we have a winner yet~

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  • Denise Donaldson May 21, 2014, 3:38 am

    I use long mirrors in small places, to make it appear larger.

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  • AEKZ2 May 21, 2014, 2:41 am

    My tip is to make the small space clutter-free.

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  • RICHARD HICKS May 21, 2014, 12:53 am

    With small places, get creative with using mirrors to make things look bigger

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  • meredith May 21, 2014, 12:30 am

    I pick furniture pieces that are multifunctional

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  • Amanda Sakovitz May 20, 2014, 11:17 pm

    I would say to keep it simple for small space decorating.

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  • Anitha Kuppuswamy May 20, 2014, 7:44 pm

    Amazing giveaway!!!

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  • Geoff K May 20, 2014, 4:30 pm

    One trick for decorating small spaces is that the strategic placement of mirrors can give the illusion of more space. I also found that using lighter colored paint and going for a more minimal design is effective.

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  • Katy Glynn May 20, 2014, 4:28 pm

    Being a broke college student moving into a small apartment, I just try to find multipurpose pieces to save money and space.

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  • christopher h May 20, 2014, 4:48 am

    less is more – in a small space clutter becomes much more of a problem

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  • Jessica Ruggiero May 20, 2014, 3:38 am

    I would definitely use a brighter colored paint to make the room appear bigger & brighter!

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  • tina reynolds May 20, 2014, 12:51 am

    Make it fun and organization pieces are essential

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  • Theresa D May 19, 2014, 7:36 pm

    I have a small master bathroom so I like to use bins and jars for storage so things don’t look cluttered.

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  • Deb K May 19, 2014, 5:40 pm

    My tip is paint it a bright color and use wall space and hassocks that have storage.

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  • Lorena Keech May 19, 2014, 12:16 am

    I treat my basic color as a neutral, so in my living room, I have olive and purple chairs. I use the olive as the neutral and pick up those colors to make the room cohesive w/o being boring.

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  • Diana Cote May 18, 2014, 1:36 pm

    minimize clutter and storage. storage is your friend!

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  • Deb Christie May 18, 2014, 9:08 am

    Use short height bins that can slide under the sofa for storage.

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  • Katherine May 17, 2014, 10:27 am

    Make it simple and fun

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  • Jennifer Lachman May 17, 2014, 5:03 am

    Use vertical space. Things like floor to ceiling bookshelves or hanging baskets add extra storage without taking up extra floor space.

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  • Anne Perry May 17, 2014, 4:59 am

    For a small space I love the folding canvas containers that fit on bookshelves.

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  • christine jessamine May 16, 2014, 7:14 pm

    my tips for a small space is using a few pieces of furniture that have shelves and hide well. Also less is more.

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  • Keara B. May 16, 2014, 4:14 pm

    We love using storage items for decor- such as storage ottomans, baskets with small shelving units, etc. And like another person said, white ceilings really do help a small space seem bigger!

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  • Courtney May 16, 2014, 11:45 am

    my tip is use shelving – can pile so much more on there!

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  • Birdiebee May 16, 2014, 4:17 am

    You need a lot of space-saving solutions like stacking up higher on the wall and making the most of the space through good organizational planning.

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  • joe gersch May 15, 2014, 9:08 pm

    my tip is use vertical shelving

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  • Nancy May 15, 2014, 2:29 pm

    My tip for decorating small spaces is plan (and measure sizes) before you start to buy.

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  • Laura May 15, 2014, 2:47 am

    Less is more! Small spaces cannot handle clutter.

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  • Susan Chester May 15, 2014, 12:50 am

    My tip is to use scaled down furniture-a love seat instead of a chair and an end table instead of a coffee table to get more use out of a small room.

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  • Rebecca Parsons May 14, 2014, 4:16 pm

    I use just small little things like throw pillows and throw rugs.

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  • Hannah Avery May 13, 2014, 9:06 pm

    What a great reading space! I want one! I think if I won, I might also buy a chaise! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Anita Carol Gambrell May 12, 2014, 10:15 pm

    I want to redo one of the smaller bedrooms into a sewing room ! so the posts you have on here are great INFORMATION & awesome Giveaways, Thank You

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  • barnolds barnes May 12, 2014, 8:30 pm

    I don’t have a tip really–I’m a terrible decorator. I guess I’d say don’t try to put too much in there since it’s small.

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  • John Leahy May 12, 2014, 4:35 pm

    It may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes larger furniture can give a small room a substantial and upscale look.

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  • Taylor Closet May 12, 2014, 3:35 pm

    Place a mirror on wall to open the room more.

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  • Kimberly May 12, 2014, 1:16 pm

    Our first home was only 700sq ft. I quickly learned that hidden storage items were key to keeping it from looking cluttered. I think every piece of furniture had some sort of storage compartment for tucking things away.

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  • Cori Westphal May 12, 2014, 3:39 am

    I’d say think up high! I put up some high shelves in my kids rooms. I have cute baskets up there with all sorts of junk in it. Stuff I don’t necessarily need to have access to all the time, but stuff I can’t get rid of!

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  • Beth W May 11, 2014, 3:27 pm

    I love storage bins, plastic or fabric, you can even take fabric and cover a box with it. It adds color and it makes it easy to hide messes.

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  • Amanda Temple May 11, 2014, 1:17 pm

    For smaller rooms, we don’t junk it up. We don’t have big closets, but thankfully have a basement for storing most stuff!

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  • Trish F May 11, 2014, 12:11 am

    Floor to ceiling shelving unit or built in really solves a lot in a small space. I have that in my wee little office. Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  • Kayte CookWatts May 10, 2014, 11:17 pm

    I like to go with the mood I’m trying to create in each room.I have odd taste anyway, I like ultra modern & vintage- so it’s hard for me to stick to a decorating theme other than the feeling I want to inspire.

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  • Jessica May 10, 2014, 6:50 pm

    My best tip is to your space up and look for furniture items with built in storage. Our daughter and baby are going to be sharing a bedroom, so we are getting her a loft bed to store her toys under that also has stairs with built in drawers for additional storage.

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  • Kenya F May 10, 2014, 12:56 pm

    Less bulky furniture and cute décor on the walls

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  • carolw May 10, 2014, 11:33 am

    Using mirrors makes smaller spaces look larger. thanks

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  • Danielle Porter May 10, 2014, 4:08 am

    Mirrors and light paint hep alot!!

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  • Suzanne May 10, 2014, 1:50 am

    Great tips! I love the reading nook and the great snuggling time it can provide.

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  • carola May 9, 2014, 9:21 pm

    In small spaces usually less is more! … I’ll get to practice that soon! My son’s bedroom is TINY in our new house, but he’ll still need his crib and a dresser … and later a twin bed! Not much room for much else!

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  • Linda Meyers-Gabbard May 9, 2014, 8:25 pm

    Small areas need light colors and smaller objects. Mirrors help to make a small room look bigger too.

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  • Jennifer May 9, 2014, 7:34 pm

    think vertical! use your top space wisely. painted cubbies along the ceiling make great storage , are pretty, and dont impose upon the usable space!

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  • Jennifer May 9, 2014, 7:33 pm

    follow on pinterest as ohmuddymomma…. sorry in rafflecopter my son hit enter!!!

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  • Sarah O. May 9, 2014, 6:15 pm

    I used to live in a two-room apartment, and our decorating style was all about simplicity. We’d have maybe one decorative item per room, but it would be something nice-looking, not cheap. Then we’d just use lots of color to bright up the room, and presto!

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  • Lynda Del May 9, 2014, 4:53 pm

    I like using decorative baskets to maximize storage space and be clutter free.

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  • Catherine Shaw May 9, 2014, 10:06 am

    I like a “Zen” design for small spaces. Light wood, spare furnishings.

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  • Cynthia C May 9, 2014, 9:31 am

    Small spaces look larger with light colored walls. Mirrors can also create an illusion of space.

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  • Kimberlie May 9, 2014, 1:21 am

    I think keeping things simple is the best advice for small spaces… that and using dual purpose items.

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  • Laurie Nykaza May 9, 2014, 12:02 am

    use footstools or coffee tables that are trunks you can store things in

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  • Melissa Teears May 8, 2014, 10:59 pm

    My tip for small spaces is less is more and bright Colors

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  • Diane Cooper May 8, 2014, 10:52 pm

    My best tip when it comes to decorating small spaces, or any space, for that matter, is to leave it to the experts. I am no good at decorating and become easily overwhelmed.

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  • vera May 8, 2014, 9:06 pm

    I like to find decorative furniture and decor that also doubles as storage. High shelves give more floor space.

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  • brittany h May 8, 2014, 6:09 pm

    Amazing giveaway!

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  • Laura Getto May 8, 2014, 2:44 pm

    Avoid too much clutter & knick-knacks!

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  • courtney b May 7, 2014, 10:53 pm

    dont junk it up! keep it simple and stylish!

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  • Tarah May 7, 2014, 7:35 pm

    Getting furniture that serves more than one purpose!

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  • Debbie Welchert May 7, 2014, 7:06 pm

    I like to store things in all kinds of baskets instead of throwing everything into a drawer.

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  • Shannon May 7, 2014, 12:05 pm

    I’m a minimalist, and have always lived in small homes or apartments. Clutter shrinks your space.

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  • Michelle White May 7, 2014, 11:34 am

    My biggest tip is to make the most of under bed storage. My boys share a bedroom and doing this has made a difference.

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  • Margaret Smith May 7, 2014, 11:10 am

    I try to find storage wherever I can. Under a bed or couch, in baskets, wherever possible.

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  • Amanda Alvarado May 7, 2014, 3:40 am

    Keep it simple and don’t add too much to the area or it will look cluttered and smaller!

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  • nickie May 7, 2014, 2:28 am

    Less is more, Keep what your really like and toss or donate the rest.

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  • Betty B. May 7, 2014, 2:28 am

    Keep things simple, use wall space i love shelves and things that have hidden storage compartments!

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  • Gail Williams May 7, 2014, 12:04 am

    Dollar store baskets and bins save space in closets. Study how people do their organizing on Pinterest.

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  • Kim Henrichs May 6, 2014, 10:43 pm

    I think the key for small places is having a lot of creative storage ideas! Hidden drawers, shelves, etc. Utilize all of your space!

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  • Anna Heath May 6, 2014, 10:17 pm

    Thanks for the tips! These were some great reminders…hopefully I can be inspired to make some changes to the decor in my house. :)

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  • amy pugmire May 6, 2014, 9:51 pm

    I love bright colors. I don’t love clutter so shelves and i love the cubes for books and decorations as well in small spaces.

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  • Natalie S May 6, 2014, 9:46 pm

    My tip for decorating small spaces include using pieces that have more than 1 purpose and small pieces are good as to not look cluttered. Your reading nook looks awesome – so inviting and comfortable!

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  • Anna C. May 6, 2014, 9:34 pm

    Dual purpose things for my house. We live in a tiny house, so if something can be used multiply ways it stays.

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  • Melissa S May 6, 2014, 8:59 pm

    Lots of shelves and decorative hidden tuck away storage are best for small spaces.

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  • Sue Hull May 6, 2014, 8:56 pm

    My tip is making something that has more than one function. Like a table that pulls down from the wall in the kitchen that can be used to hang towels on when not using as a table. I think I saw it on Nate Berkus. I loved the idea because it can be used anywhere. I live in an apt so I can’t do a lot of things I want. Thank you for the really awesome giveaway :)

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  • Stacey Roberson May 6, 2014, 8:50 pm

    Having a hidden storage space for smaller rooms makes the room look bigger and less cluttered. Also, a lighted based paint will always make a room look bigger.

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  • Deborah May 6, 2014, 8:26 pm

    Don’t clutter small spaces! Use baskets (and/or repurposed, decorated storage boxes, bins, etc.) as dual purpose items — decorating and cutting down on clutter!

    And I love to decorate with pillows, too. ;)

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  • Holly Thomas May 6, 2014, 7:47 pm

    I believe less is more, I hate clutter!

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  • Candice May 6, 2014, 7:32 pm

    I use lots of storage containers and shelves to decorate.

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  • latanya May 6, 2014, 7:24 pm

    use storage items as decor too

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  • Penni May 6, 2014, 7:09 pm

    Rather than cluttering up the space with lots of small-scale items, don’t be afraid to use one large furniture or art piece to bring focus to a small space.

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  • Ashley Suzanne May 6, 2014, 7:05 pm

    White ceilings make the space seem bigger!

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  • Shari May 6, 2014, 6:17 pm

    I definitely think dual purpose is key whenever possible… having come from a home with six people in 984 sq ft, and homeschooling, learning to think outside the box or repurposing spaces is the only way to maintain sanity in tight quarters. And remember that we don’t need all the “stuff” that we think we do. :-)

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  • Trisha W. May 6, 2014, 3:16 pm

    I’m not too much of a decorator but for small spaces I like dual purposed items and shelves for storage.

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  • ColleenMarie May 6, 2014, 2:31 pm

    They have a lot of really nice bunk bed options. I like the Saratoga Twin-Over-Twin Bunk Bed w/ Trundle that would really help us save space in a shared bedroom with 3 kids.

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