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How to decorate a small house: some ideas and recommendations to use the spaces at best

We often believe that in order to realise big projects of interior design you need big houses. But is this really true? 

Decorating a small house, whether it is the shelter for your holidays, a functional second house or a pied-à-terre, is always challenging. Because small houses are the places where simplicity and essentiality become the key to rediscover the joy and the importance of the details

In this case, the interiors optimisation becomes an opportunity to test smart solutions and to exceed traditional housing conventions. Without giving up one’s personality, it is possible to transform these small spaces into original expressions of creativity, where there are no more “surface area” limits, since everything turns into a place for one’s soul, into refined intimacy. 

You will discover small yet comfortable houses, which low-profile solutions, accurate joints, creative ideas and versatile pieces of furniture make very functional. Smart-design solutions which turn the smallest flat into a little jewel. 

This article is a vademecum about how to organise a studio flat: which pieces of furniture to choose to define the different areas inside the interior, how to use light to make it look wider. Nothing is impossible, you just need some inventiveness and passion.


1) What colours to use in a small house?

An emotionally thrilling palette

We have often written it: colours are able to transmit deep emotions and to create a unique atmosphere in the spaces where we live. 

That is why working on the organisation of the spaces is not enough to embellish a small house. Choosing the right colours is fundamental, too. This permits to:

  • create an illusion of width

White, ivory, cream, beige: better to choose light colours. Grey is fine, too; it is one of the very few colours which can provide the interior with a sober, yet elegant personality.

So, shall we use just one colour? How boring, somebody might think! 

But here is when furnishing objects become important: their bright tones, their style make them perfect to create astonishing contrasting solutions with the walls. 

  • ideally divide spaces 

By painting the kitchen walls or putting a wall paper with a different colour on one wall of the living room, you will get the visual sensation of having different, functional areas, even if the interior is just one.


2) How to make a small house cosy? 

The clever use of light

Lighting has always been very important in interior design. 

Devising a combination of soft lighting and bright focal points is fundamental to enhance spaces in a small house by creating an atmosphere of elegant enchantment.

Floor lamps with indirect light, table lamps with original design, spheres which look like light sculptures can help you define different areas inside the same space and create a feeling of depth. 


3) How to make a small house functional? 

Go ahead with versatile pieces of furniture and dynamic spaces

The functional organisation of the spaces in a small house is fundamental to avoid feeling “choked”. 

The first thing to consider is the choice of the pieces of furniture. It is better to choose multi-functional solutions which permit to exploit the available space at best, creating a fluid, dynamic interior. 

So go ahead with consoles and open bookcases:

  • Thanks to their slender, compact shape, consoles are perfect to fit narrow spaces. If you put some decorative objects on them (vases, photo frames, small plants), these furnishing objects can turn into real, eye-catching corners of art.


  • Bookcases with bare structure create an effect of lightness and of visual opening which is ideal for narrow spaces. When they are put along a wall, they can divide various functional areas without closing the spaces. It looks as if the room is “cleared”, and the interior is wider and more spacious.


4) How to decorate a small house?

Personalise it with objects of art and design

A flat is not complete if it is not personalised by the people who live in it. The furnishing objects are the perfect ink to sign your space with personality. 

Among the elements which add warmth and emotions to small interiors you can find:

  • Paintings, perfect to make walls more dynamic.

You’d better choose products with a simple design, not to encumber and constipate the room. 

Bright colours attract attention. This can be an advantage, for instance for paintings you put in dull areas, next to doors and windows, but also a disadvantage, when they are combined with shelves and bookcases full of decorating objects. Be always careful not to exaggerate.


  • A design wall clock can be an elegant idea to give an original touch to the walls in a small house.


5) Tricks to decorate a small house

Magic mirrors for apparent wide spaces 

Mirrors are important tools in small flats because by reflecting the light, they allow the creation of wider, more spacious spaces. Placed in key points, they will create a nice effect of reflections and sometimes the room will look endless!


When furnishing a small house, you don’t only have to exploit the space at best, but also to organise it according to the habits and attitude of the people who inhabit it. Furnishing objects are fundamental to do it.

Creativity does not need big spaces to perform at best. On the contrary, it is able to provide “extra-ordinary” solutions in small spaces. Every interior, every corner, every centimeter becomes art. Without limits, without borders.

Discover the best solutions to decorate a small yet very elegant house on locanera.it.

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