Guest Post: 5 Statement Pieces to Make a Small Space Pop

Hey all! I'm in limbo having to start back at school this week, but I have a guest post for you by Naomi Shaw on making your small dorm room or apartment look great with some easy tips. The new year is a great time to refresh your living space! 
-- Harper

Small living spaces often have the potential to create challenges, as far as design goes. The ultimate goal is to infuse the space with your personality, really making it stand-out, but in the end, it somehow falls short. So you give up and go on living with a drab space.

However, those lackluster living quarters end here! A room or home with minimal square footage is no reason to dodge the decor you long for, but aren’t sure how to pull off. With a few tricky statement pieces, incorporating your sense of style becomes a breeze. And small spaces? You’ll never fear them again. 

Here are five pieces that you can use to really make your small space pop.

Pop the Windows

Windows are a huge asset for a small space. Play them up to make your tiny abode seem bigger by using light and airy curtains. Sheer window coverings allow the light to filter in, yet still provide privacy. Light and airy sheers let light filter in, yet still provide privacy. To create the illusion of even larger windows, hang your curtains higher and wider than where the window is actually framed.

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Introduce Light

Lighting as a statement piece? Perhaps it’s not something you’ve considered before, but in a small space, the right lighting really packs a punch. Just like windows can help to make a room that is limited on square footage seem larger, several sources of good light can also make a small space seem bigger than it is.

When it comes to choosing your lighting, think outside of the box. Stringing up white twinkle lights provides a cozy feel and amplifies your room. A combination of unique lamps provide your own creative touch and when grouped together, shine up on the ceiling to create the illusion of a bigger space.

Big Artwork

Don’t think that small pieces of art are the only things that work in a small space. Quite the opposite! Large pieces that feature bold colors and patterns are often just what a tiny room needs. Without going overboard, choose some pieces that will make a dramatic impact and completely change the style of your living space.

Wall Decals

Painting the walls is one of the best ways to change up the look of a space and make it seem bigger than it really is. Similar to painting, wall decals are also the perfect solution to a lifeless space. And while thoughts of a children’s room, with cartoon character stickers on the walls might come to mind when you think of decals, they have become a wonderful way to show off your flair even for the most sophisticated rooms.

Decals come in a wide range of sizes, colors, patterns, and designs, all of which allow you to infuse your space with your personal style. They are easy to apply and painless to remove, so if you feel the need for change, you can do so on a moment’s notice.

Legged Furniture

Furniture has the power to make or break a room, so it’s very important to choose your pieces wisely. While you may love the ottoman with small, stubby legs, unfortunately, it’s not going to do much for the look of your room. Pieces that have short or no legs cause things to appear smaller and more closed in. Instead, opt for furniture with clearly visible legs that err on the longer side. These help to open up your room, making it much bigger. 

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Don’t let a lack of square footage limit your style. Think of it as a challenge to overcome and choose statement pieces that reflect your personality, without being too overwhelming. And the next time a friend complains about a room being short on space, you’ll know just how to help.  

Naomi Shaw is a freelance writer in Southern California. She loves finding new decorating tricks to change up the look of her home without having to spend a lot of money. You can find her on facebook here.



  1. These are really great tips! I always hang curtains bigger than the windows - it really makes such a huge difference!

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

    1. I haven't had the opportunity to try it yet, but I'm excited to :)