Small Space Styling: Drapery Tips for Maximizing Compact Areas

December 15, 2023

Small spaces can be challenging when it comes to decorating, but with the right strategies, they can be transformed into cozy, inviting areas. One of the most effective tools in your interior design arsenal for small spaces is drapery. The right drapes can not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of a room but also create illusions of height and width, making the space appear larger. Let’s explore some tips for selecting and styling drapes in compact areas.

1. Choose Light and Airy Fabrics

In a small space, heavy drapes can feel overpowering. Opt for lighter fabrics like sheer or linen blends. These materials allow natural light to filter through, brightening the room and making it feel more open and airy. Our Sheer collection, which is NFPA 701 compliant, is an excellent choice for achieving this effect.

2. Go Vertical for Height

To create the illusion of height, hang your drapes as close to the ceiling as possible. This draws the eye upward, making the ceilings appear higher. Choose drapes that are long enough to reach the floor for a fluid, elongating effect. Avoid drapes that hang midway on a wall as they can visually shorten the room.

3. Utilize Light Colors and Subtle Patterns

In a small space, light colors are your friend. They reflect light, making the room feel brighter and more open. Subtle patterns or textures can add interest without overwhelming the space. Consider our Neutrals or True Colors collections for a range of light hues that can visually expand your room.

4. Maximize Width with Wide Panels

If you want to make a narrow room appear wider, select wider drapery panels. Overlapping panels from our Aloha Drapery collection can cover peepholes and give the impression of a larger window, thus making the room seem more spacious.

5. Keep it Simple and Streamlined

In small spaces, simplicity is key. Avoid overly ornate or busy patterns which can make the space feel cluttered. Stick with clean lines and simple designs. Our Budget-Friendly Neutrals collection offers elegant simplicity that can complement any small space without overwhelming it.

6. Consider Multi-Functional Drapes

In a compact area, every element should ideally serve multiple purposes. Blackout fabrics from our collection not only add style but also provide exceptional light control and privacy, which is essential in multifunctional small spaces.

7. Accessorize Wisely

While accessorizing, keep in mind the scale of the room. Opt for slim curtain rods and minimalistic tiebacks that don’t take up much space. This approach maintains a clean look that is crucial in small areas.

Decorating a small space can be a delightful challenge, especially when it comes to selecting the right drapes. By choosing the appropriate fabric, color, and style, you can significantly impact the perceived size and ambiance of the room. Remember, in small spaces, every detail counts. With these tips, you can turn your compact area into a stylish, spacious-feeling haven.


Transform your small space into an inviting, stylish area with the perfect drapes. Visit our collection for options that can help you create the illusion of a larger room while adding elegance and functionality to your home.

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