Decorating Ideas for Your Home's 5 Smallest Spaces

Decorating Ideas for Your Home's 5 Smallest Spaces

Small nooks and corners in your home can be easily overlooked and put off when it comes to decorating your space. Yet oftentimes it’s the thoughtful details in the design of these areas that really sets a home apart and makes it special. Think of your small spaces as opportunities to create stunning design moments and experiment with bold décor and accessories. The best part: because these spaces are petite, you only need a few key elements to create a pleasing visual composition. Read on for ideas to decorate five of your home’s most overlooked and underappreciated areas.

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    A Hallway

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    PHOTO: Simon Upton for Elle Decor, designed by Jean Louis-Deniot

    Utilize furniture, lighting, and wall covering in a long or short hallway to create the feeling of a totally separate room. Bold wallpaper, wall sconces, shelves, a thin console, or a grouping of art can all enable this space to feel special as opposed to just a walkway. If your hall is wide enough, try placing a bench under a large-scale piece of art to create an engaging moment.

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    West Elm Glass Disc Chandelier ($499)

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    Walnut Wallpaper "Suvi #110470" Wallpaper ($92 per roll)

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    A Staircase

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    PHOTO: Karyn R Millet for House Beautiful, designed by Tobi Tobin

    Enliven a plain stairwell with beautiful design details like lighting and art. A grouping of mirrors, as seen in this space from Tobi Tobin, is a simple way to create a compelling composition. A custom runner, or a DIY version from several small rugs, gives your staircase personality while also creating comfort underfoot.

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    ABC Carpet & Home Catellani & Smith Ombré Parete Sconce ($750)

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    The End of a Hallway

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    PHOTO: via Lonny

    A long hallway can fall flat if there is nothing to see at the end. If you have the wall space, a beautiful piece of art or carefully arranged grouping of objects make for a pleasing visual when walking down the hall. Additionally, a small side chair or cozy bench piled with pillows can create a nice area for reading and relaxing.

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    Wisteria Chinese Chippendale Bench ($1099)

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    A Small Entry

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    Lacking a large foyer space or entryway doesn’t mean you can’t create a stunning vignette to greet you and your guests upon arrival. Look for smaller consoles, chests, and mirrors that are functional, and add an eye-catching light fixture and small-scale rug to transform the area into a dreamy entryway.

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    1st Dibs Louis XVI Chest of Drawers ($2750)

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    Jayson Home Vintage Kilim Rug ($1950)

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    A Corner

    PHOTO: M House Inc
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    If your home’s floor plan contains a few empty corners, leaving you stumped on how to decorate, create an entire vignette or arrangement in this awkward space and introduce another visual element into your home’s design. A petite round table accessorized with a lamp or sconce provides an additional surface to display meaningful photos and mementos, enabling literally every corner of your home to be a reflection of you.

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    Chairish Jules Table ($1640)

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    CB2 Tork Mirror ($229)

    Do you have any spaces in your place that leave you stumped? Let us know in the comments!

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