Decorating small spaces can be tricky, especially if you love to use color and pattern. Fortunately, design expert Susanna Salk has a few tips that will help make outfitting a tiny space anything but boring.
Inspired by the idea of spending New Years Eve at home, in comfortable pajamas, Susanna recently designed a room in Holiday House NYC that perfectly illustrates some of her tried and true tips for turning petite spaces into impactful areas of the home.
Patterned Wallpapers in Small Rooms
Using a large patterned wallpaper in a small space helps the room come alive better than simply paint. A gentle repetition — in my case, peacock feathers — can delight and also soothe the eye and envelope a space. It feels scary and against instinct, but small spaces need big moments to feel worthy.
Use Bold Color
Susanna says, “I’d rather see big patterns of quieter color than big colors which can tend to overwhelm. At the end of the day, filling any sized space with things you love will look right simply because you’ve decorated with confidence and whimsy. The worst thing you can do in small spaces is to decorate too safely.”
An ideal way to add depth — not to mention mystery — to a small space is to use mirrors to reflect light around the room.
Consider Furniture Scale
You don’t want your pieces to loom over the scale of the room like it’s the set of Gulliver’s Travels, but by the same token, make sure every piece you do use is full of personality. To strike a balance, a room should be equal parts carefully edited and throwing caution to the wind!
Holiday House NYC showcases spaces designed by 24 top designers all decked out for the Holidays and benefitting breast cancer research. Learn more about Holiday House NYC or purchase tickets to tour all of the expertly designed rooms!