Small (but sophisticated) Spaces

Small spaces – everyone has them, but nobody knows what to do with them!

Whether it’s a poorly placed wall, awkward corner, unfinished basement, bare hallway, or boring entry, we have a few ideas to make your teeny areas more functional and appealing. Unused space can be decorated in a way that provides both visual interest and practicality to your home. You can build unique areas right into the small space that already exists in your house. You just need a little ingenuity and creative thinking to blend everything together. Check out the ideas below to start enjoying all those little corners.

Bare Walls

If you have too much empty space along the walls of your home, consider placing a long table with a mirror directly above. This will add visual interest to your space and the mirror will make your entire room seem larger.

Contemporary Entry by New York Architects & Designers GRADE
Traditional Entry by Bethesda Kitchen & Bath Designers Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

Angled Ceilings

Depending on the architecture, your home may have areas where the ceilings angle down to create cave-like spaces. You can use these to build in practical work space such as a desk space or a vanity. Not only would these areas provide an interesting touch, but increase the usable space in your home.

Traditional Basement by Jersey City Design-Build Firms Brunelleschi Construction

Stair Case Landing

Some people opt to leave their staircases plain, but if you have a home where a large landing is visible a little decoration can add some excitement to your space. Add a small seat with a mirror or painting to make the area seem more inviting.

Contemporary Staircase by Santa Barbara Interior Designers & Decorators Jessica Risko Smith Interior Design

Under the Stairs

You can use the area under your staircase for both storage and ambiance. If you are a wine lover, turn this area into a makeshift wine cellar. This is practical and allows you to display your hobby, creating a great conversation starter for the room. An alternative option is to create a cozy bench area to curl up with a book.

Eclectic Basement by Painesville Design-Build Firms Amazing Design
Traditional Staircase by Bethesda Kitchen & Bath Designers Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.


Have a strange corner in your bonus room, finished basement, or guest room? Consider making a lounging area. This is warm and inviting and allows you some extra space if you have guests visiting overnight.

Traditional Basement by Richmond General Contractors Virginia Tradition Builders


The areas where you enter your home can be chaotic or organized. Build a small shelving space for easy storage. Your family can hang coats and remove / store shoes without tracking mud and rain into your home. Not only is this small space useful, it helps keep everyone organized.

Traditional Entry by Toronto Interior Designers & Decorators Cheryl Scrymgeour Designs
Entry by Bethesda Kitchen & Bath Designers Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.

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