Decorating a small space can be a challenge, especially when it comes to displaying art. Incorporating trends such as a gallery wall, or including the large colorful pieces you love, is not impossible, but there are some guidelines to follow when you are decorating a small space.
Home and Garden Design Ideas (HGDI) is happy to let the experts weigh in with some serious tips and tricks that will help you use art effectively in your not so big house.
Alex Farkas is the Gallery Director at UGallery.com, and Tamara Mack, CEO and Co-Founder of MACK (shopMACK.com) offer their best advice for small space decorating. The two companies, UGallery & MACK, have launched partnership to making buying art for your home easy.
HGDI: What are some of the dos and do nots of decorating with art in a small space?
Farkas: Consider the colors - I use artwork as a focal point in decorating to add color, interest and dimension to a space. Particularly for small spaces, art should bring light into the room. Focus on soft or muted colors to lighten the room, or if you are drawn to dark or bright colors, look for smaller works to add discrete splashes of color.
Farkas: Scale down - Art can add little "windows" into your space. For smaller areas, I like intimate pieces with more details to draw the viewer in and provide appropriate scale for the room. Smaller pieces, even when grouped together, can serve to break up the space and provide more dimension to the room.
Farkas: Look for complementary subject matter - When considering subject matter, I often find that abstracts and landscapes fit better in larger rooms while portraits and still lifes enhance smaller areas. Search out works that bring warmth and personality to your space.
Mack: I am a huge proponent of gallery walls in small spaces. When your wall space is limited, make the most of it by hanging art wall to wall and floor to ceiling.
Mack: One thing to avoid when decorating with art in a small space is to go miniature. Diminutive artwork will only draw attention to a small wall. Instead, use a single larger scale piece or a gallery wall to make the space feel larger.
HGDI: Can you incorporate large art in a small space?
Farkas: Scale and proportion play a critical role in art and design. When selecting artwork for a small space, it's important to make sure the work fits proportionally to the wall space as well as the surrounding furniture. Overly large art or furniture in a small area can make the room feel even smaller. In smaller spaces like city apartments, I almost always prefer smaller artwork and furniture to create a more minimal, uncluttered look.
Farkas: If you are considering large statement art for a cozy space, look for pieces with simple compositions, clean lines and muted color palettes. Simple, large-scale photography is quite popular right now for this look.
Mack: Absolutely! It's important to think more about the scale of your walls than it is to think about the overall size of the home. Even the smallest studio apartment can still have a vast wall that can handle an oversized piece.
HGDI: Are there benefits to decorating a small space with art?
Farkas: Absolutely! Any size space will benefit from art. Artwork provides personality and finish to your rooms. Beyond decor, it shows confidence and makes you proud of where you live and work.
Mack: Every space can benefit from art! Artwork can finish a space, provide a color palate, and even make ceilings look taller. Most importantly, artwork is one of the few ways to makes the space truly yours.