Internal Storage:  Kitchen by Meridien Interiors Ltd

25 small home decorating disasters you MUST avoid!

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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Here's the deal: we're going to let you in on some of the secrets that interior designers don't want you to know. All we want in return is for as many as you as possible to avoid making these critical faux pas in your own small home.

From not choosing an ill-sized sofa through to the wall colours you should be avoiding and indoor plants you definitely shouldn't, we have it all for you. 

Come and take a look and then bask in the glory of your error-free little home!

1. Don't have top cupboards in a small kitchen

They take up too much room!

2. Try not to treat a studio flat as one room

 Kitchen by  Design

Instead, separate different areas and make it feel larger.

3. Don't hang your curtains too low

 Windows & doors  by Bilderwelten

Mount your curtain pole as high as possible, thus making the room appear taller.

4. Don't choose ill-sized furniture

Too big or too small will always look odd so pick things that truly fit the space.

5. Don't be afraid of patterns

Embrace them and use them well.

6. Don't try lots of different coloured walls

This will look patchy and disjointed so keep long spaces all one colour.

7. Avoid putting large items of furniture in the middle of any room

The Kingston Four Poster Bed:  Bedroom by TurnPost

They'll drown the space.

8. Only add things you really need when accessorising

1950s Jungle Kin Chair:  Bedroom by DUNCOMBE OXLEYS

Don't include things for the sake of aesthetics as they'll only create clutter.

9. Don't neglect to consider the height of your home

You could be missing a mezzanine opportunity!

10. Don't add lots of walls to a small home

Try partitions that can be moved instead.

11. Don't ever underestimate natural light

Vipp kitchen:  Kitchen by Vipp

Natural light will have a big positive impact on a small space and its perceived size.

12. Try not to interrupt visual flow

 Living room by MIROarchitetti

Keep rooms that transition between each other the same colour.

13. Don't assume everything has to be white in a small home

You can use amazing accent materials!

14. Don't leave any space unused

shelfbar floating shelves - bespoke corner bookcase:  Household by shelfbar

Especially if you have a lot of belongings to house.

15. Cool it with the collecting and hoarding

Clutter will grow at a rate that you won't believe!

16. Don't worry about adding extra functionality to small rooms

This will free up space in others.

17. Never scrimp on storage

It will help keep things feeling much more spacious in a small home.

18. Don't be shy about getting creative with your display techniques

 Kitchen by mllm

As long as you like it, who cares?

19. Don't underestimate large mirrors

They make rooms look so much bigger!

20. You don't have to play it safe with your textiles

Be bold and brave with your material choices.

21. Don't try to kid yourself that your home is larger than it is

Accepting the size of your house will lead to better decisions.

22. Don't think that fresh flowers are a luxury or will take up unnecessary space

Large cream/pink Peony stem:  Household by Dust

They will lift any room and make it feel fresher.

23. Don't forget to make space for your furry friends

 Household by katzenkugel

Your pets will need somewhere they feel safe, so it's certainly not wasted space.

24. Don't forget what an untapped resource your hallway is

Under Stairs Storage:  Corridor, hallway & stairs by buss

You can hide plenty of storage in there!

25. Don't ignore what a great space-creating resource your garage is

An Extraordinary Garage Makever with wall cabinets and bike storage:  Garage/shed by Garageflex

An Extraordinary Garage Makever with wall cabinets and bike storage


For more small home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 12 Helpful Ideas You Can Use In Your Own Little Bathroom.

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Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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