Steve Jobs once said, “[Design is] not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” Although he was referencing Apple products, the same theory can be applied to interior design. So, how do you decorate small spaces that not only look beautiful but also function well? Here are some top tips for doing just that in all the areas of your home: 


Kitchen and Dining Area

The kitchen is the heart of the home! But, with all the time spent in and traffic to this area, it sure can get cluttered! Here are some easy tips for styling the space while maintaining functionality:

  • Add fun patterns and colors to the space through placemats and dish towels.
  • Use some colorful fruit in a nice bowl to create an appealing, edible focal point.
  • Place items in groupings on cake stands or platters when storing items on the counter.
  • Use baskets and containers to store pantry items. This will create uniformity so it doesn’t distract from the overall design scheme. 



Bathrooms don’t need a lot of space to be functional, and smaller bathrooms actually leave a ton of room for creative interior decoration and organization! Here are a few ideas:

  • Use removable picture hanging strips to add artwork to the walls.
  • Use sleek bins or earthy baskets to keep the space functional and chic.
  • Add a hanging mirror to the back of the door to visually expand the room.


Living Room

The living room might offer the most freedom when it comes to interior design. All you need is a place to sit, and then the sky’s the limit! Here are some ideas for pulling it all together:

  • Keep your color palette tight. Feel free to be colorful, but limiting the number of colors makes the room look more organized and spacious.
  • Select furniture that can be used for multiple purposes. For example, a storage ottoman can be used as a footrest, extra seating, or as a place to put odds and ends.  
  • Consider using two nesting coffee tables instead of one larger one. This provides flexibility to easily change furniture groupings or accommodate additional traffic flow.



The bedroom might be the most important room to keep looking organized and put-together. It’s the place where you begin and end each day, and it needs a relaxing tone to accommodate. Here’s how to make a small bedroom feel like a sanctuary:

  • Use under-bed storage totes for items you don’t need to access often.  
  • Get creative with your nightstand. Try using a slim laptop table, a sofa table behind the bed, or stacks of books.
  • Place an area rug under the bed to provide warmth and an interesting focal point to the room. 


Try some of these ideas to make any small space work for you. If you keep both style and functionality at top-of-mind when designing your room, you’ll create places you love to be in!