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Tips & Tricks Thursday

Have you ever lived in a home where the rooms seem SO tiny that you don’t know what to do with them?

I live in a home that was built in 1947.  It’s a charming old home, and that holds a lot of appeal to me.  My charming old home is also very cozy, which is another word for – SMALL.

Instead of fighting this, I’ve decided to embrace it.  Who says that small spaces can’t be chic?  All it takes is an editing eye and a little bit of design “slight of hand”, to unleash enough style to fill a… well, small room.  After all, despite living in Texas, I believe in the idea that bigger isn’t always better.

Today I’m sharing 3 design tricks to make a small space big on style!

1. Scale It Down

For a smaller space, scale down the size of your furniture.  Opt for a studio sized sofa instead of a full one, or use two upholstered dining chairs for side seating instead of a larger club chair.  ***Disclaimer***  It’s okay to have an oversized piece or two – not EVERYTHING has to be scaled down.  Think about a gorgeous oversized piece of artwork or set of large floor vases.  They can actually give the illusion of a larger space!

Chicago Home+Garden, Designer George Arduser, Photo by Nathan Kirkman

Jute Interior Design

Joe Nye

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2. Go Big

I know this seems counterintuitive, but don’t be afraid of using bold patterns in small spaces.  A large, geometric-pattern rug or graphic drapery panels will help to anchor the space and add dimension.  Just be careful about using bold patterns on more than one or two key pieces (like a chevron patterned rug or a bold-print headboard).  However, you can easily balance any pattern with solid colors and natural textures.

Casa Vilora Interiors

via –, Stephanie Wiley Photography

Cardea Building Co.

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3. Lighten Up

Use pieces that are “visually” lighter.  This would include furniture with open legs and simple lines.  Mirrors are also a great way of reflecting light back into a space, giving the illusion of a larger room.

Heather Scott Home & Design

Sheila Rich Interiors, LLC

Neuhause Design Architecture, P.C.

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What are some of your favorite tricks for small spaces?



4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great ideas, Tiina. I think my living room seems so small because of my enormous sofa. I like your first suggestion, especially.

    October 4, 2012
  2. Rick #

    I love these ideas!

    October 4, 2012
  3. You and your blog rule. I can’t believe it took me this long to add you to my reader. I can’t wait to see the pictures of your own house!

    October 9, 2012
    • They’re coming, I promise. So happy you’re following, Melissa!

      October 9, 2012

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