6 Decorating mistakes that will make your house feel smaller.

Good Morning,

I think that its fairly safe to say that for most of us, this is the time of year that we declutter, renovate and redecorate. So, when it comes to optimising the space in your home, every inch counts. After all, a home that feels cluttered can have a huge impact on the function and aesthetic appeal of the spaces in your property.

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there… re-arranging our furniture in the hope that it will create a few extra inches of living space, right?

But the good news is, if you struggle with space in your home, it might not be your square footage that is the issue. Have you ever considered that it could be your choice of furniture, fixtures or fittings?

This is because there are a whole host of decorating pitfalls that can actually make your home look and feel smaller than it actually is! We’ve created a list of 6 decorating mistakes that will make your home feel smaller – we hope you find them helpful.

The wrong size furniture

More often than not when you are struggling with a space issue, the culprit is the furniture. Time and time again, we see clients with furniture that is way too big for the room, whether that is a large sofa or a huge shelving unit.

When purchasing your furniture, it is key to have measured the space that you are looking to furnish and then ensure that the piece of furniture is smaller than that particular wall or alcove. Suites of furniture are one of the biggest mistakes that we see. There is no issue with the sofa, but more often than not, the armchairs are enormous, taking up way too much room. It is always better to purchase the sofa on its own and then use occasional chairs, which are much neater.

Avoid clutter

Littering every surface in your home with mountains of clutter will instantly make your home feel cluttered, messy, and enclosed.

And although we all have our favourite ornaments, knick-knacks and trinkets, bringing selected items out on a seasonal basis (rather than everything you own!) is a great way to incorporate the items you love in your home, without it having an impact on the look and feel of your favourite spaces.

Choose the colour of your rooms wisely

When it comes to decorating the rooms in your home, there are a whole host of colour ways to choose from. But did you know that your choice of colour will not only have an impact on the mood of a room, it will also affect its size, too!

This is because darker shades are notorious for absorbing light, making a room feel far smaller than it actually is! So, if you are working with small spaces, we’d definitely recommend opting for lighter, brighter tones.

Less is more

One of the most common mistakes people make when they are decorating their home is that they cram it with endless mountains of junk, accessories and pieces of furniture, and most of the time they don’t even give them a second thought!

So as a general rule of thumb: when you’re decorating the spaces in your home, less is actually more.

Matching everything

It might win you points in the style stakes, but did you know that populating the rooms in your home with matching fabrics, patterns and colours can cause every area of a room to blend into one enclosed space?

Instead, add some variation to the spaces in your home by mixing up your choice of materials and finishes! And if you are a huge fan of co-ordinating, we’d recommend limiting the theme to one area of the room – so either your furnishings or walls and not both!


Did you know that opting for curtains that fall midway between your ceiling and floor could actually create the illusion that you have a lower ceiling?

Instead, if you’re looking to optimise space in your home, floor-to-ceiling curtains will have the opposite effect – creating the illusion that you have higher ceilings and therefore creating a feeling of added space.

Why not try some of these solutions if you feel that some of your rooms are over crowded.

Be Creative…
The Think Contemporary Team.