Maximizing Style & Functionality in Small Spaces: 5 Modern Decor Ideas

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If you're here, it's probably because you're facing the ultimate challenge: how to make a tiny space give off some #penthousevibes.

Here at AURA, we love a good challenge. And we've got you covered with some on point modern decor ideas that will help you transform your small space into a stylish (and functional) haven.

Decorating a small space can be tricky, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. There's nothing quite like the feeling of walking into a cozy, well-decorated space that you can call your own.


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And when it comes to small spaces, the possibilities are endless. With a little bit of creativity and handful of inspiration, you can turn even the tiniest of spaces into a design masterpiece.

Whether you're living in a studio apartment, a tiny house, or just a small room in a larger space, we've got some amazing decor ideas that will help you make the most out of your square footage.

From multi-functional furniture to creative storage solutions, we'll show you how to maximize style and functionality in your small space. So buckle up and get ready to jot down some notes.


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Idea #1: Multi-Functional Furniture

Multi-functional furniture is the perfect solution for small spaces as it allows you to have all the functionality you need without sacrificing style or space. Here are some fabulous multi-functional furniture ideas that will help you make the most of your small space.


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Making the Most of Your Bed

Your bed is probably the largest piece of furniture in your small space, so why not make it work for you? There are so many different types of multi-functional beds that you can choose from.

For example, a Murphy bed is a great option if you need to free up floor space during the day. Or if you need extra storage, a bed with built-in drawers or shelves is a fantastic practical choice.

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Say Hello to a Sofa Bed

If you have guests staying over frequently, a sofa bed is a worthwhile investment for small space dwellers. During the day, it serves as a comfortable place to sit and relax, and at night, it transforms into a cozy bed for your guests to sleep in.


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Get Creative with Coffee Tables

Who says that coffee tables have to be boring? In a small space, every piece of furniture counts, so why not choose a coffee table that does double duty? There are so many different types of multi-functional coffee tables available, from models with built-in storage to ones that transform into a dining table or work desk.


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Embrace the Ottoman

Ottomans are a handy piece of multi-functional furniture as they can serve as a footrest, extra seating, or even storage. In a small space, an ottoman with built-in storage can be a lifesaver. Use it to store extra blankets, pillows, or anything else you need to keep out of sight.


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Don't Forget The Bookshelf

A bookshelf might not seem like multi-functional furniture at first glance, but it can be. In addition to storing your books and knick-knacks, a bookshelf can also serve as a room divider or even a home office. Just add a desk and a chair, and you're good to go.

With so many different types of multi-functional furniture available, there's no reason why you can't have both style and functionality in your small space. 


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Idea #2: Creative Storage Solutions

In a small space every inch counts, and that means you need to get creative with your storage solutions. But just because you're short on space doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. Here are some simple storage ideas that will help you keep your small space organized and looking pulled together.


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Expand Above

When you're short on floor space, it's time to start thinking vertically. One of the best ways to do this is by using wall-mounted shelves. Wall shelves not only provide you with additional storage space, but they also add visual interest to your small space. And don't be afraid to get creative with your shelving arrangements. Mix and match different sizes and shapes to create a unique look.

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Get Crafty with DIY Solutions

If you're feeling crafty, there are plenty of DIY storage solutions. For example, you can turn an old ladder into a bookshelf or use old wine crates as storage containers. 


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Idea #3: Mirrors and Lighting

Mirrors not only make a small space appear larger, but they can also serve as storage, too. Hang a mirror with built-in hooks to store your jewelry or use a mirrored medicine cabinet to store your toiletries. 




Let There Be Light

Good lighting is essential in a small space, and there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your lighting fixtures. Opt for fixtures that provide plenty of light, such as overhead lighting or floor lamps.

And don't be afraid to mix and match different types of lighting, like table lamps and wall sconces. This will help warm up your small space and make it just a bit more inviting.

Reflect Your Style

Mirrors are an essential tool for creating the illusion of a larger space. Hang a large mirror on one wall to create the illusion of depth or use a mirrored backsplash in your kitchen to reflect light and make the space appear larger.


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Make Use of Natural Light

Natural light is the best way to brighten up a small space, so make sure to make the most of it. Avoid using heavy curtains or drapes that can block out natural light, and instead opt for sheer curtains that will let the light shine through. And if you don't have a lot of natural light in your space, consider adding a skylight or a solar tube to bring in more light.

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Experiment with Light Bulbs

The type of light bulb you use can have a big impact on the look and feel of your small space. Experiment with different types of light bulbs to find the ones that work best for your space. LED bulbs are a great option as they provide plenty of light while using less energy.

By incorporating mirrors and lighting into your small space, you can create the illusion of a larger, brighter space. So try different lighting fixtures and mirror styles until you find the ones that work best for your small space.


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Idea #4: Height, Height, Height

As we mentioned earlier, utilizing your vertical space is a great way to maximize your small space and create more storage and decor opportunities. Here are some fantastic tips for incorporating vertical space into your small space.


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Make Use of High Ceilings

If you're lucky enough to be graced with high ceilings in your small space, make the most of them. Install tall bookcases or shelving units that reach all the way up to the ceiling. This will not only provide you with more storage space but will also draw the eye upwards, making the space feel larger.


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Hooks are Your Friend

When you're short on floor space, hooks just make sense. Use them to hang your coats, hats, bags, or even pet essentials like leashes. You could even create a little mudroom entryway area with the use of some storage bins and hooks. 


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Create a Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is a cute way to add visual interest to your small space while also utilizing your vertical space. Hang a collection of artwork or photographs on one wall and create a gorgeous focal point. And don't be afraid to mix and match different sizes and styles of frames to create that gallery wall look we all know and love.


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Use Room Dividers

If you're looking for a way to separate different areas in your small space, room dividers are a great option. They not only provide you with more privacy but also create the illusion of separate rooms, making your small space feel larger. Look for room dividers that are both functional and stylish, such as ones with built-in shelves or ones that double as artwork.


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Install Floating Desks and Shelves

Floating desks and shelves are a great way to utilize your vertical space, too. Install a floating desk in your small space to create a functional workspace without taking up valuable floor space. And don't forget about floating shelves! Use them to display your favorite decor items or to store your books and other small items.

By utilizing your vertical space, you can create more storage and decor opportunities in your small space. Get creative, and don't be afraid to think outside the box.


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Idea #5: Color and Decor

We can't stress it enough - when it comes to small spaces, color and decor can make a big impact. Choosing the right color scheme and decor items can help to create the illusion of a larger, more stylish space. Here are some quick tips for incorporating color and decor into your small space.

Embrace Light Colors

When it comes to small spaces, light colors are your friend. They help to reflect light and create the illusion of a larger space. Opt for light-colored walls, furniture, and decor items. And don't be afraid to mix and match different shades of light colors to create a layered look.


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Add Pops of Color

Just because you're using light colors doesn't mean your small space has to be boring. Add pops of color throughout your space to create visual interest. This can be done through accent pillows, throws, or artwork. Just make sure to keep the colors cohesive and not too overwhelming.


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Incorporate Plants

Plants are a smart way to bring life and color into your small space. Greenery? Check. Air purification? Also check. Look for plants that thrive in low light conditions, like the crowd favorite snake plants or pothos. And don't be afraid to get creative with your planters. 

Choose Decor Items Wisely

When it comes to decor items in a small space, less is more. Choose a few key pieces that you love and that add visual interest to your space. Look for items that are both functional and stylish, such as a decorative tray or a unique candle holder.

By incorporating light colors, pops of color, plants, and carefully chosen decor items, you can create a stylish and inviting small space. 

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Ready to Go?

We hope you're feeling inspired and ready to tackle your small space with confidence.

Remember, decorating a small space can be challenging, but it's also rewarding. By incorporating multi-functional furniture, creative storage solutions, mirrors and lighting, vertical space, and color and decor, you can take your space to new heights.

We wish you all the best on your small space decorating journey!

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