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FURNITURE: Tips for Small Spaces

Small spaces don’t have to be challenging. In fact, they can be the most comfortable, intimate and cozy of spaces. So, if you’ve gone from big and open to tight and tiny, don’t despair. Follow these five tips for making the most of the least:

1. Start with scale.

It goes back to geometry. Big things fill small spaces. Therefore, if you have a choice, select your "big" pieces with scale in mind (your table surface or couch dimensions for example). Measure, measure, measure and beware that large footprint furnishings always look smaller in retail settings where ceiling heights soar and open space seems to shrink things. If you already own the major footprint pieces, you may have to edit some of the accessory furnishings or apply other tricks noted below.

2. Find a focal point

Every room needs a good focal point. Does the room have a window? A fireplace? A good wall? Where can you direct the eye as the main attraction when entering the room? If it’s a bedroom, maybe it’s a headboard or dresser.

3. Color matters

Before picking a paint color for a small room, ask yourself what effect you're after: Do you want the room to feel light and airy (try a cool color) or warm and cozy (veer toward richer and warmer)? Or maybe you're craving a little drama. Dark colors tend to absorb light, making a room look smaller. For an optimum effect, select soft tones. Another color consideration is to paint your wall trim and moldings in a lighter color than your walls. Monochromatic color selections can also work well to expand a room visually, creating less of a visual endpoint to the room.

4. Layer up

Like all of fashion, adding layers to your room can help make the space seem more open (try a rug over a rug, carpet or hardwood – even at an angle). Then add pillows, décor, lighting and plants to create visual interest. Try varying textures as well and don’t forget personal objects (even books!).

5. Bring in the light

Mirrors can make your room look larger. Use a focal point and angle your mirrors toward it to give the illusion of depth. Mirrors also reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room brighter during the day and night. They bounce light deep into the room, making it appear larger. Placing a mirror near a window to reflect the outdoors is especially effective. Mirrors on the walls and glass tabletops will give your room a more open feel. You can also use mirrored cabinet doors to make spaces feel larger.

Realize your small space ambitions!

No matter how small the space, remember it can stand up to even the largest of spaces – with just a little bit of planning. See how the Synchrony HOME™ credit card can help you create the home of your dreams. Visit www.mysynchrony.com/welcomehome.

Sources

  1. http://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/living-family-rooms/g2310/small-living-room-decorating-ideas/
  2. http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/10-smart-design-ideas-for-small-spaces-pictures

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