ASK THE DESIGNER “How Do You Decorate a Tough Space?”

Ask The Designer

This week we are asking a question from:

Tina Bousu @ An Eclectic Twist

“How Do You Decorate a Tough Space?”


“My Toughest Space was……. My ORC space was the toughest to date.  The size of the room was only 64 sq ft and had NO windows/natural light.  I solved those issues by being picky with the furnishings and choosing a comfy but super stylish sofa that was the correct size for the space.  Instead of a coffee table I used 2 small side tables together with minimal bases to keep it feeling open.  I used an acrylic bookshelf which gave me storage without feeling heavy.  And an old ladder which I used as shelving, it had a small footprint but gave me style and a spot for my vintage books.  I broke with traditional thought and went big and bold on the walls. With such a small space I wanted major impact and instead of going the tiny equals light color route I went black on the main wall with a rustic wood ceiling and blush pink on the other 3 walls. The black draws your eye up to the wood ceiling which makes it feel bigger! The blush pink goes beautifully with the black while keeping it fresh feeling. For light I went with an oversize chandelier that had 8 lights on a dimmer, this way it feels much brighter yet you can tone it down if you choose to.  I’m very happy with how it all came together.  It’s now a fun, interesting, beautiful and comfortable space.” 

Great question Tina!! I remember following your design in the Spring 2017 One Room Challenge, and your space turned out wonderful, it was one of my personal favorites.   (Click here to link to Tina’s blog and the get the rest of the answers from our 16 expert bloggers, including me at #11)

Top Tips for Decorating Tough Spaces from Expert Bloggers



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Sarah Foote Making those Teeny-Tiny Spaces Look & Feel Larger; 16 Bloggers Share their Best Advice

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Sam Franklin Home Decor Style & Trends; Design Experts Favorites

Denise Bryant Decorating With Thrift Store and Flea Market Finds

Susan Kuc Small Home Design; 16 Bloggers Tell All

Yami Platero How to Keep a Stylish and Organized Home with Small Children

Nicole Corr Design Experts Tell Us What Their Dream Outside Relaxation Space Looks Like

Emy Flint How 16 Bloggers Use Color In Their Homes

Jennifer Gainer Ask the Designer-What is Your Style?

Christy Harper Grey Paint Colors – Top Bloggers Favorites

Tina Bousu Top Tips for Decorating Tough Spaces from Expert Bloggers

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