Perhaps you are just starting out and have bought a smaller home, prefer the character of an older home with smaller spaces, or are downsizing to a condo or loft. Your advantage is the opportunity to create charming, cozy, livable and beautifully small spaces.
First, change your mindset. Don’t think of your living room as ‘tiny’. Start thinking cozy! And then consider a few simple guidelines:
Now that you are working with a smaller space think about pieces that can serve more than one function in your home.
Or a small kitchen or dining table can serve double duty as a desk!
MAKE IT DISAPPEAR
Sometimes it's nice to have a few pieces that can be tucked away when not necessarily needed. I love the functionality of this dining table that easily converts into a console when the leaves are folded down.
Storage ottomans are the best for not only creating extra seating but giving you the opportunity to hide blankets and throws when not in use.
Ottomans can also be easily tucked underneath a console until the occasion arises to use them for extra seating when entertaining.
CHALLENGE YOUR THINKING ON SCALE
I know most of us jump to the conclusion that a small space requires small furniture. This conclusion is not necessarily true and in many cases a few pieces of large-scale furniture can make a small room feel much bigger. Rather than filling a narrow space with a smaller scale sofa and chairs (think doll house), we might just suggest an oversized sectional, which is more functional and comfortable.
On that same note, consider your vertical space. If you have the benefit of higher ceilings, a tall cabinet will have the effect of drawing the eye upward again achieving the illusion of a much larger space.
A great solution for a small bedroom is a tall upholstered headboard. Headboards take up no room at all but have a huge visual impact. Again, the vertical height gives the impression of a bigger space.
USE THE POWER OF MIRRORS
Adding a large mirror to a small space is almost an absolute must. Not only do they give the illusion of doubling your space but makes a dark room bright and beautiful. It’s almost like adding another window to your room.
LIGHT IT UP
Any room larger than six by six can benefit from multiple light sources especially when there are no windows or natural light. It’s important to create light where there is none! An elegant chandelier brings immediate importance and character to a cozy space. And nothing says cozy like a beautiful table-top fixture.
It’s important to keep your paint colors consistent throughout a smaller home. We like to use neutral colors to not only open up a smaller space but to keep it bright and airy. Another option to consider is a uniform color palette between your paint color and the fabric of your major upholstery. A monochromatic approach furthers the illusion of a wide-open and airy space.
CLEAR THE CLUTTER
In a larger home, it can take a lot of things to make rooms feel cozy and comfortable but in a smaller home clutter can quickly overwhelm the space. With a smaller space, the rule is to fill it with only the things you need and love. You can benefit from a tall armoire that can hide many things from your bar to books and games. A media cabinet can help you hide cords and components giving your area a sleek and clean look. Hide the things that you may need but aren’t beautiful!
So what’s the bottom line for small spaces? Invest in beautiful pieces. In a small space, you see everything all the time. Look for statement furniture, lighting, and artwork to truly make your
wonderful new (or old)
No matter if your home is big or small, it should be beautiful and inspiring to all that have the pleasure of residing within its walls. Our team knows that you don’t need more square
footage to make your home both beautiful and livable. We’d love nothing more to be your partner in making your dreams and goals for your home a reality.
I’d love to personally show you all the wonderful solutions that are available every day at K. Renee.
I promise... you’ll be inspired.