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The best tips for small space decorating

Living in a small space can be challenging. Rooms can quickly seem cluttered, and our creativity can feel stifled when our vision doesn't seem to fit. But like any planning endeavour, small space decorating is all about strategy. Whether you're in an inner-city apartment or have the smallest room in a sharehouse, achieving your interior dreams is possible with a fresh perspective. Small space interior design involves vertical styling, flexible vintage furniture, embracing reflective surfaces, and using colour with greater intention. Explore our top tips for small space living to put your interior decorating ideas into action. 




  1. Left image by Manor on George and sold on Bazaa

  2. Right image by Cora Pursley


When it comes to small spaces, placement is key. Start by shifting your mindset to think more vertically. Embrace vintage furniture that's lower to the ground, creating more open space between your seating areas and the ceiling. A tactic that will give new breathing room to other home items, like shelves or ornaments, especially those you want to showcase.


When interior decorating, incorporate a variety of height levels. This helps avoid that cluttered feel and brings a sense of movement and openness to tight spaces. Plus, it’s an opportunity to get creative. Break up rows of books with smaller ornaments, such as this glass crystal candle holder that reflects light into darker nooks. Pair tall, slim vases with chunkier decor pieces, like this 1960s Japanese piece or the earthy tone of a classic amber vase . And don’t forget, the top of a cupboard or fridge can be the perfect spot for a few pots with long, trailing plant leaves.




  1. Left image by Mood Objects and sold on Bazaa

  2. Right image by Alyssa Sumption


Seating in a small space can truly transform your living area. Instead of just a two-seater sofa to save space, consider versatile vintage furniture that can be easily rearranged to suit your needs. A backless couch, for example, can divide a living area while providing cosy seating on both sides. One moment, you could be lounging in front of your favourite show, and the next, flipping to the other side to chat comfortably by the dining table.


An ottoman is a simple go-to for both visitors and pets, and it can double as a coffee table. While an ottoman is a great addition to the couch for stretching your legs, a quick repositioning can instantly create a more social atmosphere–a frequent challenge with any small living area. Chairs that pull apart add an extra layer of flexibility, offering a couch one moment and a variety of chairs for guests the next. Take this vintage Featherston Numero VII modular sofa as an example—a practical (and collectible) pull-apart piece that will also make a gorgeous statement in burnt orange velvet. For those seeking a more open style, this modular trio without armrests might be just what you need.




  1. Left image by CASA by Carolina and sold on Bazaa

  2. Right image by Regina Zwirchmaier


Beyond functional pieces, you can decorate with items that create the illusion of more space. Reflective surfaces like mirrors, glass, and home decor with glossy finishes can make a room feel brighter and more open. Both natural and artificial light bounce off these surfaces, creating the sought-after feeling of spaciousness. Mirrors, in particular, add depth by extending sightlines and making a room feel larger.


To maximise a mirror's potential, place it near sources of natural light or where it can reflect lamp light in the evening. Consider adding glass ornaments, such as an iconic Murano piece , which creates playful pools of light when paired with sunlight or candles. For those who love a bit of sparkle, this Murano glittery gold glass basket will not go unnoticed. Glossy finishes also contribute to an uncluttered look, adding clean, sleek lines that reflect light and enhance the overall brightness of your space.




  1. Left image by Didi & Dora and sold on Bazaa

  2. Right image by Morgana Parravicini


When planning for a small space, pastel colours, light-toned woods , and transparent furniture are often the natural choices. These lighter hues help maintain a bright and airy feel in more confined areas. Embracing Scandinavian aesthetics can be a great place to start, as this style evolved to combat the gloom of long, dark winter days. But for those who love colour, do not despair. Using brighter tones and texture can also create depth when styled with intention.


Consider creating contrast between key pieces like your couch and coffee table. Opt for a darker seating area paired with a white marble table to add depth and sophistication. For a touch of playfulness, consider an accent wall or a textured table paired with soft, muted colours to bring visual interest without overpowering the space. You can also use patterns to delineate breakout spaces, like a statement rug and pillows in a cosy nook, distinct from the style of another area in the room.


Styling smaller spaces doesn’t mean you have to abandon your own unique taste. Use colour and texture with intention, envision how you might rearrange vertically, opt for flexible vintage furniture, and embrace decor that reflects depth and light. Check out our other blog articles to browse vintage storage solutions , coveted lamp and mirror options, and cosy accents for cooler seasons and breakout spots. 


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