Decorate a Small Space With Yard Sale Finds

Anyone who has lived in a small home or apartment knows it can be a challenge. The good news? You don't have to spend a fortune to make your place pop. Here are 12 ways to decorate your small space with yard sale finds.

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Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

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Buy the Right Pieces

There are lots of tricks to making small digs feel more spacious. Once you know what to look for at flea markets and yard sales, you'll feel a lot more confident, whether you're buying a couch or a coffee table.

Vintage Rugs

Rich-looking rugs in deep blues, reds and oranges are trendy right now, and you can find them for a song at yard sales. To make sure the rug is in good condition, flip it over and inspect for pet stains or water damage before buying.

Retro Seating

Retro chairs make a statement and save you some serious cash. Check out the chair's joints and seat to make sure it's comfortable and structurally sound. You don't want a chair that "gives too much" when someone sits down, no matter how cool it is.

Functional Storage

If your space is small, storage is likely scarce. Look for a trunk or lidded basket with a flat top so you can use it as a coffee or side table. It's the perfect spot to store sports gear or off-season clothing.

Mirrors

By bouncing light around, mirrors help enlarge and brighten up a small space. It's almost like having an extra window in the room. Look for quality glass that doesn't distort your reflection. And keep in mind, you can always paint the frame if it's not quite your style.

Vintage Art

Even a small space needs a bit of personality and style. Keep an eye out for pieces that are the right scale for your room and speak to your interests and lifestyle.

Glass Accessories

Look for items made of glass. Whether it's a collection of objects, a lamp or a vase, it will add to the light and airy feel and won't take up too much visual space.

Furniture With Legs

Large, chunky furniture can suck the life right out of a small room. Instead, opt for seating and tables with skinny legs so you can see the floor beneath. This helps fool the eye and gives the illusion of a much bigger space.

Stay Mobile

Furniture that's easily moved around is always a good buy, whether it's lightweight or has casters. You'll appreciate being able to rearrange things at a moment's notice for overnight guests or to create an impromptu dance floor.

Thoughtful Organization

Not all organizers are created equal. Opt for items that are functional and make a style statement, like vintage brass or metal bins, bowls or baskets.

Keep It Simple

Stick to just one or two accent colors when decorating small digs. Otherwise, your color palette and decor may start looking a bit chaotic.

Keep It Tidy, Too

Keeping a small space clean and organized helps to create a soothing environment. Stick with accessories you need or love to keep your place looking like a well-edited retreat. When possible, store items you don't use daily out of sight. A skirted bed or table is a great way to score extra storage space.

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