10 Tips for Small Cabin Decorating

By Tanya Mayer

The fact that your cabin is small doesn’t mean it needs to feel cramped. With these 10 decorating tips you can easily take advantage of space and enhance the comfort and functionality of every inch.


The use of mirrors is the oldest trick in the book to make any room look larger. Every mirror gives the illusion of depth and, placed strategically, it will feel as if you added on to a room. The best way to place them is to reflect views from windows or focal points. They reflect both artificial and natural light, bouncing it deep into the room, so they’ll make it appear bigger during the night as well as during the day.

Go Light And Monochromatic

Besides the fact that room color affects your mood, it can also create the illusion of spaciousness since bright and light walls are more reflective. So go for whites, creams, or ivories and stay away from dark colors which make the room seem smaller by absorbing light. And try to avoid distracting color changes – the monochromatic palette is the best way to go since it makes the space seem limitless.

Eliminate Dark Corners

All reflections in the world mean nothing if you don’t have enough light since dark corners seem like non-existent spaces eating up your room. Natural light is crucial, but artificial light is equally important when it comes to even distribution. A few lamps scattered across the rooms can make a world difference, but it’s important not to overdo it and riddle your walls with sconces, plugs, and switches which will make them appear cluttered and sloppy. The best way is to combine an overhead fixture with a larger number of bulbs and a few additional strategically positioned lamps.

From Floor to Ceiling

Many cabin owners make a mistake of cutting off bookcases and drapes partway up the wall, thinking that they’re saving up space that way. But that way they’re doing just the opposite. If you want the illusion of height, you need unbroken vertical lines. So run your bookcases, drapes, and any other vertical elements you have from floor to ceiling.

Landscapes Over Portraits

No matter if you have paintings or simple framed photographs, you should always choose landscapes over portraits. The reason lies in the fact that landscapes will always create the illusion of additional depth in the room.

Say no to Storage

What we mean is that you need to say no to all friends and relatives who think your cabin servers as storage for various knickknacks and old furniture. If you don’t control the accumulation of things all the items will end up in disarray. The key is in the organization, so get rid of everything you don’t actually need.

When it comes to the things you do need, space withing knee walls can provide perfect storage solutions: built-in bookshelves and dressers, mechanical storage for heating, electricity, and plumbing, low closets, etc.

Distract The Eyes

If some of the things have grown to your heart, instead of scattering them around you should arrange them into a collection and create a focal point. This is a great way to distract the eyes of the viewer so they won’t notice the dimensions of a room. But keep in mind not to make too many focal points since they’ll turn into visual clutter and produce the opposite effect.

With Proportions in Mind

When choosing furniture, you need to pay attention to proportions and pick those pieces that are scaled down to fit the dimensions of the room. That doesn’t mean you should just fill the place with tiny furniture. Balance things by using just the pieces you absolutely need and stick to clean lines. That way you won’t block pathways. If you need some larger furniture pieces, place them against the wall and try to get them in the same or at least similar color as the walls. 

Multi-Purpose And See-Through

Another way to save floor space is to use multi-purpose furniture such as a sofa bed, a chest that can serve as a coffee table, bed with storage drawers beneath, etc. You can also boost spaciousness by allowing the viewers to see through furniture with pieces such as a glass coffee table.


We don’t have any remodeling in mind. Simply adding a porch to your design will make your cabin look a lot bigger. The great part of what makes the places small is the lack of spaces to entertain, and porches have always been perfect places for social gatherings of friends and family.

As you can see, all these tips can be grouped into two main parts. The first part is about creating the illusion of space with mirrors, color palette, proper lighting, unbroken vertical lines, and landscape artwork. The second is about creating an interrupted flow with decluttering and careful arrangement with proportions in mind.

Tanya Mayer is a blogger from Brisbane, Australia. She is interested in writing on various topics relating to family, home, and home improvement.

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