Architecture Tips for Small Spaces

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To the outside eye, it may seem that small spaces are the bane of every architect’s existence. However, even small spaces can be the perfect blank slate to create a unique, innovative design. In this article, we’ll explore some of the most important architectural tips when designing a small space.

As with any design, one of the most important first steps is to create a priority list. What is absolutely essential? What are key pieces that need to be included? What are elements you would like to include that aren’t 100% necessary? Once you have this list, then you are ready to design around these points, creating a final image that has everything you need.

Here are five key tips to making the most of small spaces in your architectural design: 

A Clutter-Free Space 

Nothing draws the eye more than clutter, loose cables, and wires, especially in a small space. One way to hide these bothersome elements is to collect the cables in cable boxes, if hiding them in the wall isn’t an option. Painting the cables or cable box the same color as the wall can also disguise them and contribute to a cleaner look. 

In small spaces, ensuring that everything has its place is more important than ever before. Eliminate clutter by keeping only the necessary in the space and making smart choices with your furniture selections, like choosing multi-purpose furniture. 

Multi-Purpose Furniture

This might be the most crucial tip in the whole article. When designing a small space, you don’t have the luxury of choosing furniture pieces that just look nice. You must choose pieces that are not only essential to the space, but that also serve multiple purposes. 

Try using a chair as a nightstand, bench seats with storage in the kitchen, and canopy beds in your next design. Not only will the pieces you choose serve their original function, but they will also help tackle another necessity: extra seating or storage. 

Using the Entire Space 

One of the most frequent challenges designers face is fitting all the essentials in the room without having it seem cluttered or too full. And many designers also forget that they have the entire space to work with - even the walls and ceilings! 

Floating shelves, wall-mounted TVs, and hanging lights will not only clear up floor space for other needed pieces, but it will also draw the eye higher, creating the sensation of a bigger, wider space.


Choosing the right colors is another essential part of architectural design in small spaces. Dark colors can make the space seem very small and limiting; light colors or even white can help light up the entirety of the room and attract attention to ceilings, which will help create the illusion of a larger space. 

Use natural light to help you make the space even more inviting. Strategically place dining tables or desks near windows that receive lots of light to take advantage of that extra light that will expand your space further.

Your Unique Space

Our last tip may be the hardest to apply, but it is what will make your space complete. Each space is different and we’re sure that your space has a unique corner or section that is waiting to be transformed. Take small corners and place custom made benches with storage space there, or build a work or study space in open areas. Replace the traditional rectangular dinner table with a circular one and use a folding desk that can double as shelving. 

There is no limit when it comes to architectural design, even in small spaces. At Garnica, our experts are ready to help you transform your space and make the most out of it. Contact us today to get started with innovative architectural ideas for your design. 

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