Furnishing a Small Space

Oftentimes, historical homes in New England come with the lovely charm and character that’s so sought after, but that means they also come with their traditional floor plan of smaller sized rooms instead of a modern open floor plan. Small rooms may be daunting when it comes to decorating, but there’s nothing to be afraid of! Smaller rooms mean cozier rooms, and we at Saybrook Home can share some tricks of the trade to help turn the smallest of rooms into the most enticing and functional part of your home.


When shopping for furniture, look for pieces with hidden or visible storage that can hide everyday necessities that aren’t appealing to the eye. Obviously, using too many furniture pieces will look cluttered with limited space, and too-large furniture pieces will look out of place. Find that happy medium of pieces to maximize your space while looking like a magazine spread. Utilize small storage spaces like ottomans, lidded baskets, and end tables that you would use for your decor anyway!


Don’t go for an upholstered armchair with a high back, no matter how comfortable it may be! The height of the back and added width from the arms will make the chair appear larger than it actually is in a small room. If there’s a walkway behind the chair, it may also block off the rest of your space with its height. Opt for an accent chair with a low back or no arms to make maneuvering around it easy and look like it fits perfectly in its space.



It’s no secret that mirrors are great for decor but also for redistributing light! Add mirrors to your walls to make your room feel larger than it actually is while adding a pop of glam. Also, opt for glass coffee or end tables to make your room feel bigger with fewer dark or heavy-material furniture pieces. Whether on your walls or floor, glass is a great material to avoid cluttering a room.


Speaking of clutter, you’ve always heard the phrase…LESS IS MORE! You want to approach your decor attentively in a small space so that it doesn’t feel overwhelming or messy. This is why multi-use storage pieces are so critical to hide everyday necessities. Small spaces can’t handle as much clutter and larger rooms or open floor plans, so definitely keep your knickknacks and smaller decor items to a minimum.




Just like in any room, be sure to think about your traffic flow! Opt for pieces that won’t block doorways or won’t cause a passerby to turn sideways to pass. Use your floorplan to make a note of important doors, hallways, and even windows. A room that feels closed off or literally unenterable will feel unwelcoming.









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