Decorating Pointers for Small Houses

Decorating a small house might not be easy at first. With these simple pointers, we'll help you make the most out of every centimeter in your small home.
Decorating Pointers for Small Houses

Last update: 05 October, 2018

Decorating a small house can become quite a complicated job if we don’t consider the factors that make the most out of space.

There are more and more people who live in 30, 40 or 50 m2, houses or apartments. The main reason for this is that these days, space is expensive. Therefore, not many people can afford a bigger home.

However, decorating a small house can have its advantages.

Economically speaking, smaller houses are better because a smaller space means less need for other elements.

The key for making a small home perfect lies in making it functional while making the most of every millimeter. To do just that, in today’s post, we’ll give you some basic pointers to consider while decorating your small home.


Space distribution, whether your home is big or small, is fundamental. Poor distribution will render our home useless.

In the cases of small houses, this is a fundamental aspect. It’s a reminder to make the most of space.

So, we have to think long and hard about the best way to divide up the living room, kitchen and bedrooms in order to make the most of our space.

Small house distribution


Simplicity is a subjective concept, but in terms of decoration, it essentially consists in not overloading spaces.

Choose your preferred decoration style, but don’t overdo it.

Keep in mind that small homes need everything to be in its place, out of the way and not interfering with the flow of natural light.

Use the home’s natural spaces

Be smart and take advantage of all of your home’s nooks and crannies.

One way of doing this is by specifying the measurements of your furniture or by making it yourself.

Light is fundamental

People say that light can widen spaces.Light doesn’t have any magical powers but we sure can play with it to create optical illusions.

Try thin or semi-transparent curtains. The natural light will make your rooms seem cozier.

Lighting is also essential because it helps create depth, thus keeping your living room, for example, from looking flat.

You can also bring in an air of freshness and light with light colors. To prevent things from looking dull, add in some elements of bright colors to your home.

On an additional note, we suggest using semi-opaque materials. These materials can allow sunlight to softly enter.

Small home lighting

Practical furniture

Another key decoration aspect for smaller homes is furniture selection.

The ideal choices are multi-functional pieces that have aesthetic value while making most of space without sacrificing design nor function.

For example:

  • Expandable tables
  • Expandable coffee tables
  • Side tables that can be used as extra seating
  • Sofa-beds
  • Storage beds

Use mirrors

The strategic use of mirrors make all the difference for decorating smaller houses.

Mirrors are a fantastic decor piece to play around with optical effects. In the cases of smaller houses, they help create dimension, depth and amplitude.

The best way to use mirrors is by placing them on a wall where it can reflect another room. 

For example, you can try placing it in the entrance to reflect the living room.

In addition, there are a wide variety of mirrors available and you can even personalize the frame, giving your small home a special touch.

Separate the rooms

It’s normal to find combined rooms in small houses.

If you like lofty styles, that’s great. However, it’s always a good idea to separate your house’s different rooms with certain elements.

You could try using:

  • Colors: for the living room, try soft colors while going for livelier ones in the bedroom.
  • Furniture: dressers or shelves.
  • Walls: glass walls are really popular for ideas like separating the kitchen from the living room. It’s a way to distinguish both spaces without blocking them out from sight completely.
  • Screens

Goodbye doors!

Traditional doors are elements that ensure privacy. However, they’re not the only things that you can use.

If you have a chance to swap out your traditional doors for sliding doors, do it. You’ll enjoy the space and design.


Decorating smaller houses can be easy if you keep these practical pointers in mind.

Remember that living in a small house doesn’t have to mean being uncomfortable or missing out on things like having friends over.

Living in a small house can be a great opportunity for learning how to make the most of space, essential elements and getting rid of everything that we don’t need that just takes up space.

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