Interior Design Tips for Small Spaces

Designing smalls spaces is always a challenge, but when done right, they create a cozy environment. Learn how to maximize your space with these tips! For kitchens, utilize built-ins to help organize storage. Use the built-ins to create height and open up the space vertically.

Lighter colors help to make the space bigger, while blues recede into the background

Glass shower doors help this bathroom feel open and unrestricted.

Mirrors can give the illusion that the room is bigger than it appears.


Decorating with furniture that fits the scale of the room will also help make the room feel less cramped.  Feel free to add pops of color with accessories, but avoid clutter in order to open up the space.


SARAH BARNARD is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She serves on the Santa Monica Conservancy’s board of directors and specializes in green interior design and historic preservation.

Sarah Barnard Design undertakes residential interior design projects, commercial spaces and even single rooms. She can help you with space planning, color counseling, kitchen and bath remodeling, historic preservation, and all aspects of green design and healthy living: organic, non-toxic, sustainable and fair trade materials, energy and resource conservation, air and water purification, natural furnishings and fabrics and much more!