Now that all the cleaning’s done, it’s time to give your home an easy, spring makeover. New season means new décor – and if you’re working with a small space, leading online shelter magazine Lonny is here to help.
Remember: it’s not the size of a room that determines its style impact or capacity to wow. By keeping Lonny’s do’s and don’ts in mind, even the smallest of studio apartments can make a big impression.
Try some of these commonly overlooked techniques for living large in a small space this spring:
· Use Big (But Not Oversize) Furniture: An overstuffed sofa in a small urban apartment will seem out of proportion and gobble up valuable real estate, but many small-space dwellers make the mistake of crowding their spaces with overly petite furniture, which only makes a room feel more diminutive. When selecting furniture, focus instead on striking the right balance.
· Streamline Your Furniture Choices in the Bedroom: Instead of a king-size bed, opt for a full or a queen, with nightstands hung on the wall and wall-mounted sconces or industrial reading lights to free up floor space. You can also give the bed a sense of presence with an extra-tall headboard, drawing the eye upward and creating the impression of more space.
· Choose Art and Decorative Pieces Carefully: Another common small-space misstep is choosing tiny pieces of art for the walls or small decorative items that just end up looking like clutter. Instead, choose a focal point and place a properly scaled framed photograph or artwork on one wall, leaving the other walls bare. In a petite living room, pairing a sofa boasting a sleek design and a low profile with large artwork and a statement-making light fixture will give the room a bold sense of personality.
· Make a Statement with Lighting: When selecting lighting, mirrors, and decorative objects, make a statement with an oversize pendant or chandelier and keep the rest of your fixtures discreet. A giant leaning floor mirror will double your space and give your home an air of confidence more than a small mirror floating in the middle of a wall ever could.
· Go Dark: An all-white or neutral palette can make a small space feel airy and light, but in the right space, using judiciously applied dark colors can actually create a sense of expansiveness. Dark-colored walls subtly trick the eye into not knowing where the walls end, creating a sense of depth. When using dark paint, don’t forget to lighten things up with strategically placed ambient lighting and mirrors, metallic surfaces and lacquered finishes.
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