Every inch of space is precious real estate in a small room. Investing in pieces that can serve double duty is a great way to stay organized and keep an open feel in a small space. For example, an ottoman provides casual seating in addition to extra storage space. These come in handy in kids rooms to tuck away games, stuffed animals, and small toys. In dorm rooms, use an ottoman to store bed linens, spare towels, or even snack food.
For extra storage in living spaces, consider using a painted filing cabinet as an unconventional side table, a steamer trunk as a coffee table, or even convert an old suitcase into a chic end table.
In tight quarters, remember to think vertical. Use wall-mounted shelving to hold items that you access frequently. Decorative boxes and baskets keep things organized and creates a stylish, uncluttered look.
A ladder shelf is a smart alternative for dorm rooms or apartments where drilling holes might not be an option. Organize glassware, snacks, or even bathroom totes. These shelves are super functional and take up very little floor space. Placed in a guest bath, a ladder shelf is ideal for displaying towels, soaps, and other toiletries so visitors have easy access to what they need.
What about decorating those plain walls when paint or wallpaper isn’t an option? Consider removable decals. With so many styles and colors, they’re perfect for spaces from nurseries and kids rooms to apartments and dorms.
They’re simple to install and easily removed when it’s time to move out or change up the decor. You might also get creative and apply these decals to doors, mirrors, and furniture creating a truly custom look.
Add depth and dimension to cabinets or open shelving by painting the back drop an eye-catching color that accents the room. Create drama by filling your shelves with items of the same color to produce a striking contrast against the vibrant background.
A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense.
— Bruno Munari