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

Ask The Designer: “How Do You Decorate a Tough Space?” 

How Do You Decorate a Tough Space? This weeks Ask The Designer featured Question comes from:Tina Bousu @ An Eclectic Twist

We asked the super talented Tina “How Do You Decorate a Tough Space?”

TINA- “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.”


My Answer: 

I think for me it has been my family room, mainly because of the scale of the room and the fact that it is an open concept. This is my first home with the open concept layout, which means everything must work together. I can no longer have multiple colors stories going one in separate rooms hidden by walls. There must be a good flow and continuity for these spaces or it becomes complete design chaos. The scale is also challenging since I the room to look furnished, but just throwing a large sectional sofa in there to fill space and calling it a day is so not me. I decided to take a cue from hotel lobbies with multiple seating groups with different sets of chairs but keeping a cohesive feel. 

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: Tina Bousu Top Tips for Decorating Tough Spaces from Expert Bloggers 


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  5. Stacia Vu

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  13. I guess I do not know what constitutes a tough space. I feel like my entire home is a tough space, lol. Anywho great tips and advice.

  14. You actually make it seem so easy to decorate with your presentation, but I find this topic to be one that I will never understand. It seems too complicated and very broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to budget shop and see it I can get the hang of it!

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  16. Just got my first new pad and I have no idea what I am doing. I barely have any furniture. Any advice?

  17. Daria Maddox

    MY home challenges me in so many ways. My laundry room is too small, it’s essentially a closet in a hallway. My bathrooms are so outdated and don’t; get me started on my kitchen. I guess I just live in one big tough space. Any advice for that besides moving?

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  20. Jennifer Landers

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  21. big bad wolf

    This advice gives me hope that I can over the obstacles of my outdated home. Thanks

  22. Kibby

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  23. Jenkies Velma

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  24. I just throw a bunch of blankets on everything and pretend I live in a haunted house!

  25. Quiggy

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  27. Pita Velos

    My whole house is a tough space can you just come decorate it for me? I love you house so just make mine look just like it!

  28. Great question! I have several closets that are Pinterest perfectly organized, mostly my linen closets.I will do a post soon on them…probably after the holidays. Some of my closets are actually empty see the Guest Room Post : . Then there is what I call my “bat cave” it needs some help as everything gets staged in there for my next project.

  29. I hear ya, and I agree it might be easier to move, but there are some things you can do to make your living space more palatable while you are there. Organization is a key factor, no matter how outdated your home is as long as it is clean and organized it will always feel and look better. Try lighter paint colors to make the space seem fresher and newer, maybe take on a few DIY projects to keep everything in budget. Hope these tips help and I wish you all the best.

  30. We have all been there. I recommend be proud of what you have, and what you have achieved. A lot of people still live at home with there parents. Just know that in time you accumulate more that you ever though possible. If you are worried about your place looking sparse it is ok just say you are doing the minimal look. 😉

  31. Chloe

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  51. Fleek Zeek

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  59. Cagnie

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  60. Flo

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  63. Swoozie Lutz

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  64. Sherri Mote'

    My linen closet is alway a mess and never stays organized. It seems to be my tough little space. Will you do a post on linen closet organization?

  65. Jango

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  67. Jason Wayne

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  68. Nice read and good advice, tough spaces are everywhere I have a few in my office and at home.

  69. Mandy Morris

    I have read several of theses Ask the Designer bits and they are all good. What made you decide to do a section like this? Was it based on a whole bunch of questions from other posts? Just wondering how this cam about.

  70. Kaitlen

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  71. Gayle Curtis

    My children’s toy room is always a mess, no matter how much I clean it, or I make them clean it. I have just decided that until they move out it will always be a mess aka my tough space.

  72. Ellen

    My patios alway seem to be junked up with dead plants, hunting gear and shoes, although it should not be a tough space in my house it is. Advice?

  73. Snippy Cut

    Any advice on a small bathroom? It really should be a powder room but it has a shower shoved in to it. It is so tight I have to turn sideways to get to the toilet.

  74. K.K Busman

    Good tips and advice by all here at this site. Thanks for posting such a useful blog post. Love the Q&A style approach other bloggers could take a few notes from you.

  75. Eden Metz

    My kitchen is my tough space, I do not think it is designed well. I have a refrigerator door that crashing into a garage door, and no serrate dining room. Its just to small and I fear there is no help.

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  78. Nev Polk

    I have an area with too many doors that clank into each other. We thought about a pocket door but have no idea what is inside the walls so we are afraid. Any thoughts?

  79. Jojo Wagner

    You have a great eye for home design, I could not imagine you have too many tough spaces as you have actually removed them from your home.

  80. Hilary Vokalwic

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  83. Donna Wilkes

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  84. Wynn Lee

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  85. Toni Ruehl

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  86. Koko Self

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  87. You ladies have a lot of good advice. I love each and everyone of your pages and tips. Thanks for organizing.

  88. You probably will need a reno to fix the space issues. You can remove the shower and convert to a powder room, but if you need that shower for resale, you might be able to take over neighboring space. Check out what is around that bathroom to see if you can snag a closet or shave off some extra needed square footage from a larger room. Good Luck!

  89. Emma Clarke

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  90. Oosha Patel

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  91. Pax

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  92. Wendy Smith

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  93. Jennifer Troutman

    You have a great idea here with ASK THE DESIGNER, so many people need a sounding board to run ideas by. So, are you actually a interior designer that people can hire? Just wondering.

  94. Sandy Kroger

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  95. Kobe Hirer

    Great topic because everyone has those hard to fix places in there homes. I like the paint idea and organizational tips. Thanks

  96. Kathleen Betancourt

    I hopped over from another link on this post, I must say I really love your blog. The pictures drew me in and now I am looking at all your DIY projects, oh my gosh now I ready to renoooooo.

  97. Allison Buckley

    Love the set of posts for Ask The Designer when is a new one coming out?

  98. Hey! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!

  99. I did graduate college with a degree for interior design. I have not utilized it over the past few years. I am love the blog as a creative outlet to get back into the swing of design, but currently I am not taking on actual clients.

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  103. Eva Shue

    Thank you for helping us peons out here. We haven’t a clue.

  104. Sorin C.

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  107. Oggy Stubbins

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  108. ASK THE DESIGNER “How Do You Decorate a Tough Space?” this piece is a work of a genius. Love, love your site!

  109. Patty Holloway

    Have been taking a little time upgrade my home and I never realized how many “tough spaces” I had until now, not to mention I may created a few more on my own :/

  110. fergalicious

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  111. darwins dreams

    ASK THE DESIGNER- I have a question about tough spaces, what do you do if there are not options to fix them, do you knock out a wall or just move?

  112. How Do You Decorate a Tough Space? Well I would hire you of course!

  113. car mojo

    This ranks very high on stumbleupon, nice post but not sure why it has gone so viral, it is a advice column. Like Dear Abby with home decor.

  114. Obawado

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  116. Sanscript

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  118. There comes that point that a space may not be fixable. If none of the tips or tricks will work for you those are absolutely viable solutions.

  119. Addison Wheeler

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