Sabrina Soto’s Best Tips for Decorating a Small Space

September 16, 2013 at 8:00 am , by

Since moving to New York City last year, I’ve struggled to make my tiny apartment feel homey. Every piece I own is either a hand-me-down or a Craigslist purchase, and I’m ready to trade my hodge-podge items for a more put-together, adult style. My biggest challenge is sticking to a strict budget—no small feat. So I enlisted the help of Sabrina Soto, HGTV designer and Target Style Expert for Home, to get me started. As a fellow New Yorker, Sabrina knows how much careful planning and consideration must go into furnishing a small space. She shared with me some of her best tips for decorating an apartment, dorm, or small home in innovative ways, and you can be sure I’ll put her advice to good use!

    1. Choose items that do double duty. 
      A modern daybed provides lounge seating during the day and transforms into a comfortable bed for guests at night.
    2. Don’t sacrifice style for function. 
      Innovative solutions like storage ottomans will hide the clutter, provide extra seating, and can even serve as a tabletop.
    3. Maximize your visual space. 
      Wire frame and translucent accessories are on-trend and work well in smaller spaces. Another tip: Use Halogen lights because they are the most like natural light. They are warmer than fluorescent and cooler than incandescent.
    4. Cut the clutter. 
      Clutter is a small space’s worst nightmare. Use colorful baskets like these from Target to keep personal items organized and easy to find. Accessorize in odd numbers. It helps break up the uniformity while adding flow and visual interest.
    5. Avoid decorating boredom without breaking the bank. 
      A reversible comforter lets you change your room’s look in an instant.
    6. Mirrors are your best friend. 
      They reflect light and create the illusion of a bigger space. On a budget and can’t afford a large piece of art? Consider mixing small mirrors and prints to create your own art collage!
    7. Make the most out of limited closet space. 
      A hanging closet organizer is a smart investment and great way to take advantage of vertical storage space.