Adding a Joanna Gaines-approved decor item can spruce up your small space – they’re not ‘taboo’ any more

Daisy Ratnasari

A MOVING expert has shared her tried and true tips to make the most out of a small space.

While you may have less square footage, she explained that you can still make the space your own with a good eye.

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An interior design expert shared her tips for maximizing a small spaceCredit: Getty

Laura Mueller, a Moving writer, shared her tips to make a small space feel like home.

The expert explained that a surefire way to jazz up a tiny room or corner was to add tasteful greenery or flowers.

As long as there aren’t too many, plants can add life and a pop of color.

“Do keep in mind however that dead or dying plants will have the opposite effect,” she said.

She even offered an alternative for those who don’t have the best track record with plants.

“If you’re worried that you won’t be able to keep up with the responsibility of maintaining your plants and flowers (or if you just don’t have much of a green thumb), there are great options for fake ones that look like the real thing,” she said.

While some may be worried about the stigma of using fake plants, Laura added that the decor choice was encouraged by top interior stylists.

“Don’t worry—fake plants have the seal of approval from style maven and Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines, so they’re no longer a design taboo,” she said.

Joanna Gaines, an interior designer, gained notoriety as the co-host of the home renovation show Fixer Upper alongside her husband.

In an interview, Gaines revealed that she preferred fake plants and even sells faux flowers at her market.

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“I’m all about plants and pots, but you take that to another level with fresh florals everywhere, it just feels like a lot that you’ve got to maintain,” Gaines said.

Laura added that she also played around with symmetry to make a small space more aesthetically pleasing.

“If you’re really intent on having a ton of seating in your tiny living room or you just can’t do without some extra storage cabinets, make them work by having the pieces mirror each other in the room,” she suggested.

“It will make the space feel cleaner and appear more pleasant to the eye.”

I’m all about plants and pots, but you take that to another level with fresh florals everywhere, it just feels like a lot that you’ve got to maintain.

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To give herself extra room where there can be sparse storage space, she made the most of her nooks and corners and installed helpful dividers.

She recommended readers put a desk or bar table in otherwise unused corners to utilize the small pockets of space.

Partitions, such as sheer curtains or rice paper dividers, also helped divvy a room up without adding extra bulk.

“All of these options allow light to continue to shine through, which is crucial for keeping your space feeling as airy and open as possible,” Laura explained.

“These sorts of dividers also act as dramatic design elements in their own right and add additional flair to your home.

“Ultimately, the goal is to take as much advantage as you can of the space that you do have, maximizing its possibilities and really showing it off at its best.”

She added plants, utilized dividers, and used her nooks and crannies as additional storage space

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She added plants, utilized dividers, and used her nooks and crannies as additional storage spaceCredit: Getty
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