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5 Ways to Maximize Your Small Space
Recycle and upcycle for clever design that doesn't break the bank with these tips from Meghan Saunders.
Written by Jennifer Milas-Gaudet
  • For example, limit clutter as much as possible; avoid the temptation to adorn every surface, and learn to embrace empty space.

    Creativity and out of the box thinking can often overcome the challenge of space when decorating your cottage. These tips and tricks will highlight your bungalow’s best assets without breaking the bank. From using neutral colors and white to showcasing your favorite art and collections, small scale designs are a chance for you to explore your own creativity without restraint.

    1. Use white.

    It’s the most flexible and space-enhancing: You can bring in color through accents like throw pillows or a bright piece of furniture. In small spaces, it can highlight all of your favorite pieces, especially larger displays, such as art galleries.

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  • For example, limit clutter as much as possible; avoid the temptation to adorn every surface, and learn to embrace empty space.

    Creativity and out of the box thinking can often overcome the challenge of space when decorating your cottage. These tips and tricks will highlight your bungalow’s best assets without breaking the bank. From using neutral colors and white to showcasing your favorite art and collections, small scale designs are a chance for you to explore your own creativity without restraint.

    2. Invest in art.

    Whatever style you love the most, a piece of quality art elevates a space more than any other accessory and takes the focus away from the overall size of the room by drawing attention to itself.

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  • For example, limit clutter as much as possible; avoid the temptation to adorn every surface, and learn to embrace empty space.

    Creativity and out of the box thinking can often overcome the challenge of space when decorating your cottage. These tips and tricks will highlight your bungalow’s best assets without breaking the bank. From using neutral colors and white to showcasing your favorite art and collections, small scale designs are a chance for you to explore your own creativity without restraint.

    3. Use perspective to your advantage; from top to bottom.

    Utilize key areas of vertical space—like shelving or lighting—and when accessorizing, make choices that elongate them. For example, limit clutter as much as possible; avoid the temptation to adorn every surface, and learn to embrace empty space. Remember that a small space should feel cozy, not crowded, and avoid chunky, oversized furniture that doesn’t fit with the scale of the room.

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  • For example, limit clutter as much as possible; avoid the temptation to adorn every surface, and learn to embrace empty space.

    Creativity and out of the box thinking can often overcome the challenge of space when decorating your cottage. These tips and tricks will highlight your bungalow’s best assets without breaking the bank. From using neutral colors and white to showcasing your favorite art and collections, small scale designs are a chance for you to explore your own creativity without restraint.

    4. Reimagine uses for favorite objects and furniture.

    Whether it’s using an heirloom sewing table as a workstation desk or placing a bedside table at the end of your sofa, assign pieces already in your home to unexpected areas for a unique statement. For example, display a colorful collection like vintage dishware collection instead of packing it away.

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  • For example, limit clutter as much as possible; avoid the temptation to adorn every surface, and learn to embrace empty space.

    Creativity and out of the box thinking can often overcome the challenge of space when decorating your cottage. These tips and tricks will highlight your bungalow’s best assets without breaking the bank. From using neutral colors and white to showcasing your favorite art and collections, small scale designs are a chance for you to explore your own creativity without restraint.

    5. Pinpoint key areas to update versus whole projects.

    For updating the look of a kitchen without breaking your budget, keep larger items like appliances and cabinetry in place if possible. Focus on smaller tasks that pack a big punch, like a fresh coat of paint or new hardware. With furniture, recover or resurface whenever an item holds its value well; reupholster an old chair that’s still sturdy, or have a stainless-steel sink professionally powder-coated for a fraction of the price it would cost to replace it.

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