Designing Small Spaces - Scale vs. Pattern

Designing in small spaces can be tricky. First of all, multi-functional spaces are a great idea, and it is increasingly necessary to combine workspaces with living spaces. Secondly, it is always better when you can maximize the functionality of your rooms.  Here are some tips to keep your small area from feeling more cramped than it needs to be. 


Color- It is best to use color strategically in small spaces. You should most likely to stick to lighter colors that are similar in tone. This will make your space seem more open visually while creating a calming effect.  To keep the area from being overpowered, Neutrals are a good choice, but you can also create interest by using color and or pattern in your accent pieces.

Texture-Bringing in some texture is a great way to add interest but still keep everything flowing and visually calm vs. chaotic. You can bring in texture with any of your materials, but it is best to pick one or two elements. Maybe a textured accent wall and some furry throws. 


Pattern-Bringing in pattern is also a great way to create interest in your space, but it can be hard to incorporate it into a small multi-functional area. Nevertheless, I suggest using some sort of pattern in one area of the space. You will want to be sure that you try to incorporate at least one color that is elsewhere in the room.  

Scale-Scale is a significant factor in designing in small spaces. First of all, you have to consider the scale of your design elements vs. what pieces you need to incorporate so that you can function properly in the room- furniture, appliances, lighting, etc. The second thing to think about with scale is how the range of your textures and patterns work with everything else that is going on in the space. For example, if you have a small scale colorful pattern going on in your accent wall, then you will want a relatively large scale for your textured elements. 

All of these elements work together to create a balanced, cohesive design in any space, small or large, but it is especially important to get the right visual elements to create the illusion of expansion while also providing something highly functional for multi-task usage. It is possible to create this space by using these guidelines. If you still need help, you should contact a designer.


This does not need to be a major decision, and it is possible to get additional advice from several sources. For example, you can talk to a designer at a local fabric store. First by finding fabric that you like, then explaining to them what you would like to accomplish in your space. They should be able to help you coordinate your scale, patterns, textures, and colors to get the correct balance of these features. I would then check out your local paint store, and with incredible technology,  they will be able to color match anything! I hope this helps clear things up a bit, but it might also help to study some photos of small functional spaces that contain a visually appealing balance of color, texture, pattern, and scale. If you still need additional advice, you can speak with a local designer who should be able to put together a beautiful design for you! Good luck!