How to furnish a small space
By | 30th Sep 17

Focus on the design of your furniture and not just the functionality.

There are common thoughts when furnishing a pokey or trickier space. When it comes to size and it’s smaller than the average, we suggest that you focus on the design of your furniture and not just the functionality. Often this is the default stance when people try to furnish smaller spaces.  If you are looking to sell and don’t want to go down the route of furnishing it with a designer we have some tips for you to achieve a great result.


Focus on the balance of the room

As we mentioned above, when people think of small spaces, they think about how much they can pack into their space to make it liveable. Things like storage or functional items like ottomans or coffee tables are usually the pieces of furniture that can really clutter space. If your room is narrower than it is wide, think about omitting the traditional home of the coffee table and use side tables.

Define spaces within an open plan

Open plan living has modernised how many people live – it’s more inclusive, open and encourages the sense of space. What not many people realise is that by defining an open space you are able to create the illusion of expansive living. Use floor lamps to anchor a living space or indoor plants to define your dining spaces. A little bit of height here will draw the eye to those visual cues of a room.

Choose the right colours

Colours are a great way to help create space in a room. Focus on two light bright colours to decorate your space and one darker accent shade to ensure that the space is visually interesting. The dark accent colour will draw one’s eye to that area as a focal point – this can be a darker couch surrounded by tones that are more neutral.

Understand scale

When you go to furnish a room, keep in mind scale and function. Sofas and dining tables are now made in a range of full and half sizes so pick furniture that will allow you to be comfortable but also have room to move on either side. You might want to consider a 2.5 seater couch over the traditional three seater for instance. A great trick is to look into the finish or material of your furniture – a glass dining table will can be a great option to accentuate space without missing function.

Figure out your priorities

There’s only so much you can do with interior decoration and styling. Keep in mind how you live and the priorities for you when utilising that space. Some people may need a desk and other may need more seating options. Keep in mind what you use your space for and how you can multipurpose the areas.


Did you know we have a range of interior stylists who can help you prepare your home to sell? Get in touch with us to see how we can optimise your home from styling tips to hire furniture on 03 9883 8900.