I can’t tell you how many times I have rearranged my bedroom in the last month, just in the hopes of maximizing my space space. I’ve gotten rid of a vintage dresser, moved my antique secretary, rearranged my iron bed twice, and truth be told it looks like I’ll be moving everything again, thanks to Lonny magazine! They were kind enough to share a few tips on how you can maximize your small living space in no time flat. How fab is that?! If you’re looking to do a bit of spring cleaning or rearranging your furniture for Easter, be sure to scroll down for their wonderful tips and inspirational images. Happy weekend!
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.
All images courtesy of Lonny magazine.
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