Common Styling Mistakes to Avoid in a Small Space

Anyone who has ever had to deal with a tiny apartment knows all about the list of challenges that comes with small space living. The difficulties don’t make small space design impossible, and at the end of the day, it’s not the size of the house that makes a home. Although, with that being said, there are a few common styling mistakes to avoid in a small space. That’s why we’ve compiled our list of common styling mistakes to avoid in a small space.

Packing character into sustainable, eco-friendly places is easy. But with so many different textures and furniture pieces to choose from, it can be hard to bring all your interior ideas to life without appearing cramped and cluttered. Therefore, it’s easy to see why the first common styling mistake to avoid in a small space is a lack of planning.

Lack of planning

Having a design plan in place is essential for interiors of all sizes, but it’s even more vital in smaller ones where every inch counts. Start with the furniture plan, and avoid over-dramatic furniture pieces that have sticking out bits. Instead, opt for edges that don’t take up unnecessary amounts of space. The round edges and natural wooden textures seen in our Tarmo Round Table and Carved Coffee Table are perfect for a small space. We can see them settling into any home with a bit of forward thinking.

Failing to think big

The most popular advice for decorating small spaces is the most surprising: You don’t need small furniture and interior stylings just because it’s a small space. In fact, the most common styling mistake to avoid in a small space is using smaller items out of fear of dwarfing the available space. Instead, if space is tight, think big!

Using lots of smaller pieces is a fast-track to making a small space look cluttered. On the other hand, one single piece of furniture can make a big statement in a small space. We also love the use of over-dramatic artworks or feature pieces. Our Kuba Detail Art comes to mind.

Another tip is to paint the room a dark colour and use bold lighting to small space feel larger than it is, as well as warm and authentic. Just remember, no matter what approach you take, it’s important to find the right balance of big versus small and subtle versus over-dramatic stylings.  

Not making every piece count

When dealing with a small space, choose furnishings that offer maximise functionality to minimum space. Tricks like including storage under your sofa or mounting your TV, are great when space is tight. If it’s on the wall or out of sight, you won’t lose nearly as much valuable space!

Daybeds are a great option when it comes to functionality. Here at Vast, we even go as far as saying the daybed is the second most important piece of furniture. No matter the time of day, versatile daybeds are suitable for lounging, studying and napping. Daybeds also come in handy if you don’t have a designated guest room.


It’s okay to have an extensive collection of your favourite decor pieces, but they don’t all have to be on display. It may sound simple, but nothing makes a room feel smaller than it is than unnecessary clutter. Instead, explore your space for the opportunities it has for bespoke built-ins or storage nooks.

Picking the wrong accessories

The right accessories can deliver powerful statements in a small space. Poor lighting is a common styling mistake in any interior, but are even more apparent in small spaces. Organic light is a natural first choice. Hanging a mirror on a wall opposite a window will reflect and spread light amongst your space and make it look bigger than it actually is.  

That’s it for our common styling mistake to avoid in a small space. We’ve given you our top mistakes to avoid, as well as some advice on types of interiors to go for when room is limited. Now it’s up to you to make every piece count and bring your perfect version of cosy to life.   

Remember, if you’ve seen something you like, or want to do some more searching, check out our catalogue and purchase online, or find your local store.

  • How to Create the Ultimate BBQ Area

  • Our Tips for Refreshing Your Home Decor

  • Introducing the Plantation Range: Verandah Style Living

We invite you to become a
part of
our family

Join in on the fun and we'll make sure that you receive the latest news, offers and inspiration delivered straight to your inbox.