9 Tips to Decorating a Home in the City

Friday, June 1, 2018

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I love city life. The food is delicious, there's always something to do, and getting around is really easy. But finding a place to live, that's another story. Of course, cities come with a higher price tag, but something people don't always see is that it's hard to decorate. From super small square footage, funky layouts, and windows facing dark alleys, creating an inviting, personalized home is a challenge. But, it doesn't have to be impossible.

I teamed up with Decor Aid, an in-home interior design and decorating service, to help you create a beautifully decorated home in any city, regardless of size, layout, and lighting.

Make Use of Forgotten Spaces
Whether your home is large or small, there should always be various rooms in your home that have non-decor spaces as they’ll give the eye a break and keep your home from looking cluttered or over-styled. That said, there are also several spots in every home that you probably aren’t taking advantage of, say above your kitchen cabinets, toilets, and even on the floor - perfect spots for decoratively arranging books, framed art pieces, and collectibles.

Organization is Vital
bedroom
In smaller homes and spaces, keeping organized is vital as small messes will lend a chaotic energy when you’re working with limited square footage. By having a designated spot for everything and creating a system to quickly tidy up, you’ll save time and create a maintainable order.

Our interior designers often suggest adding shelves above desks and virtually just about anywhere from room to room to make the best use of every area while cleverly displaying essentials.

Stick to a Core Color Scheme
By selecting pale hues and elements you can easily make any area appear larger and more expansive, however, be careful and ensure the space doesn’t end up looking too clinical while keeping in mind that small homes often have dirtier looking walls as things rub against them more commonly.

Multi-Purpose
living room
The best advice we can give you about decorating a small space is to source as much multi-purpose furnishings for the space as possible as you’ll open extra room in your home. Think ottomans boasting hidden storage, a table that can do triple duty as a dining table, conversation zone, and desk, and the ilk.

Lighting
Bad lighting will not only make it harder to perfect your makeup, it will also make a small space look even smaller. Dingy, dark corners will close off parts of any room, lessening the visible areas.
Make it a priority that each room is well-lit throughout your home. Eliminate dark zones with a variety of easy to install options from kitchen cabinet lighting to simple wallsconces as it just takes a little structural adjusting to trick the eye into making your home appear larger.

Mirrors
mirror
One of the easiest styling tricks to making your home appear more expansive is using mirrors to reflect light and trick the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it is.

Place them adjacent to your windows to reflect the outdoors and make a room seem as if you have another window as the more windows you have, the larger your home will appear. Affordable and easy to score, mirrors provide a practical touch of glamor and should be considered a must for small house interior design ideas.

Budget-Friendly Decorative Moves
With scores of budget-friendly small home decorating alternatives easily available we guarantee any interior designer will swear by the invaluable money-saving resources that antique shops, flea markets, and even junk shops provide.

Peruse local thrift shops for steals and browse free furnishing listings online with items people no longer need as these unique, curated scores will lend your home conversation starters while adding a hint of vintage flair.

Furnish Wisely
small space
When decorating narrow rooms and compact spaces, opt for slim, low-profile furnishings that are appropriately sized to keep the area from feeling cramped or over-crowded. Stick to a general rule of thumb that pieces should reside away from your walls than against them. Another great tactic is to keep furnishings the same scale as they won’t compete with each other or overcrowd. Same goes for glass top tables as they are visually much lighter looking.

Symmetry
When considering the best approaches for decorating a room that’s short on space, there’s something to be said about the practical magic of symmetry. You’ll find that a sense of symmetry will trick the eye into surveying a small home as wider, and more spacious than reality. That said, remember, it’s all about the right balance and being too rigid on placement will give your space a strict, uptight vibe, so be sure to practice a relaxed take on symmetry as it’ll lend smaller rooms a charming, comfortable energy.

What are some of your tips for decorating a city home?

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