Make use of a small space with these cheap, simple decorating ideas.
If you long for a quiet spot to put your ideas down on paper, write a note or pay the bills uninterrupted, try this arrangement. You don't need an entire room; just one wall.
Use a floating shelf for extra storage or for displaying items that have special significance to you.
(Orna-Mantel Shelf, $32 at stacksandstacks.com)
Select a lamp that will help set the area apart from the rest of the room.
(Brighton Pharmacy Desk Lamp, $100 from lampsplus.com)
Select a desk the right size for your space—it doesn’t have to be huge.
(Leksvik Desk, $149; from Ikea)
Give yourself a cozy spot for reading, knitting or sipping a cup of tea. All you need is a chair, some comfy pillows and a basket or bin for storage.
Shop for a pretty pillow and snuggly throw. Paisley prints can give the space a cozy cottage feel.
(Madeline Pillow, $30 from nowdesigns.net)
Look for an armchair that’s inviting, then add a soft floral slipcover to create a lived-in feel.
(Lexington Wingchair Slipcover, $70 from surefit.com)
Put books and projects in a roomy container like a storage basket. Depending on your theme, opt for a charming woven basket
or a sleek metalic bin.
(Handmade Wicker Basket, $20 from JCP.com)
Designate a space where you can sit down and apply makeup or accessorize an outfit.
See yourself from all angles with a triptych mirror. We love frameless options for a more sophisticated feel.
(Tri-Fold Mirror, $149; from potterybarn.com)
Select a desk or table with a drawer to hold your cosmetics. Make sure it has enough room on top to display your favorite
(Hayworth Vanity, $300 from Pier 1 Imports)
Find a bench with storage so you can easily tuck items away and keep surfaces neat. And make sure it's comfy too!
(Elita Storage Bench, $180 from jcp.com)
Suffer from overcrowding? Make your lack of space work for you; try our tips to make even the smallest nook yours.
Pretty monogrammed wall hangings are an easy, afforable way to add a personal touch to a small space. If you can't find metal
letters, spray-paint wooden letters to match your color scheme.
(Hanging Wooden Letters, $13 each at Kohl’s)
Make it yours with one or two over the top embellishments that you love but keep the rest simple to avoid making a small space
look even smaller.
(Ung Drill frame, $30 at Ikea)
Stick with the same color family when decorating a little area. Here a monochromatic color scheme ties together the busy photo
wall. Classic white furniture can help pull your look together.
(South Hampton Desk Chair, $100 from Target.com)
This regal room is the ideal hideaway for the queen of the castle. We love calming lavender, but if purple is not your passion, a pale blue or green would be equally soothing.
A slightly distressed baroque-inspired wall clock adds a refined air without being stuffy.
(Little Boutique Clock - Baroque, $25 from Babies'R'Us)
Adding a hutch or old wooden cabinet to a simple desk will create an impressive focal point for the nook. Shop for antique
style hutches and desks separately to find better deals.
(Classic Shabby Chic Secretary Desk, $145, from Target.com)
Oversized panel curtains get a touch of elegance with a colorful silk ribbon and old-fashioned wooden holdbacks.
(Wooden Holdbacks, $25 from Target)
Save left over wallpaper to make colorful corkboards; plain corkboard tiles are cheap and can be found in a variety of sizes
at craft stores. Check the extensive wallpaper catalog from paint gurus Sherwin Williams for stylish designs at bargain prices.
(Belle Fleur by Patton Wallcoverings, $16 per roll at SherwinWilliams.com.
Look for a sleek, uncomplicated desk that won't compete with your floral embellishments.
(Micke Desk, $69 from Ikea)
An upholstered dining chair makes for a comfortable seat and adds an aristocratic feel to the room.
(Country Living Linen Wood Accent Chair, $100 at Kmart.com)