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Tips & Tricks Thursday – More Tiny Drama


I might have a tiny obsession with small spaces.

A few weeks ago I gave some tips about adding a punch of drama into a common – and super small – space… the powder bathroom (I just remembered saying we were putting the POW in powder room… Haha! – Yes. I laugh at my own jokes…).

Living in a small 1600 sf house doesn’t help.

I’m always looking for different ways to create a unique and design savvy space while maintaining livability and functionality (…it seems there is never a shortage of dirty little dog paws around. Sigh.).

However, today I want to focus on a simple way to add some depth, drama, and overall WOW to a small room.  The answer, my friends, lies in the use of oversized wallhangings.  This includes artwork, sculpture, mirrors, etc…  Now, it’s important to mention that when used correctly, the impact can have a breathtaking (and envy-inducing) effect on those who see it.

(…oh, come on… we all have those people we want to “wow”… or make jealous… just a little bit… don’t judge me…).

Of course, in a small space it’s important to scale down certain things (A ginormous sofa covering the majority of floor space in your living room?  Not so good…).  It doesn’t mean that you have to use small furniture, in fact a few larger (but not oversized) pieces of furniture can help add a richness and depth to your space.  Think in terms of the room’s proportions, and always keep the word “balance” in mind.

But today we’re talking about wallhangings.

The choose your piece carefully…  

Think about the colors, texture, mood, not to mention the actual image itself.  It can be fun to contrast your current interior style with something completely unexpected, but make sure that you still have some element that corresponds (…color is always a safe bet).   If artwork isn’t your cup of tea, and you want to opt for a more reflective surface, the same idea applies – frame, color, style, feel…  Just please, make sure it’s something you love… that it’s an expression of you and who you are!

Consider your placement…

An oversized wallhanging will most likely be the focal point of your room, especially in a small room.  Placing it in a main line of sight, and surrounding it with supporting pieces will help to create the dynamic impact that you’re looking for.

If your living room furniture is set up symmetrically, centering your piece over the sofa in between flanking windows will enhance the dramatic effect.   If your room has a more asymmetrical space plan, you can find an area to showcase your piece that may be a bit more unexpected.

Layer the piece with secondary elements like furniture (chairs, tables, chests), other wallhangings, or even something more organic like a vase of fig leaves.  Or you could choose to let the piece simply stand alone.  (…sometimes less really is more)

Here are some of my favorite examples (from Lonny Blog, of course!) of tiny drama on the wall…

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*I’m kind of in love with this flamingo right now*

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Bravo, I’ve always believed this to be the case. Big impact pieces wall work wonders in small spaces, and they can be obtained cheap, if not free. Once I used a huge old poster from the Gap in a hallway. One can also take a good quality photo and have it made into a large poster at a print shop. The caveat is small spaces have to be uncluttered.

    March 21, 2013
    • I love the idea of an oversized poster. And yes, uncluttered is a MUST!

      March 22, 2013
  2. I just love small spaces. They are sooo cozy and intimate to me. I really think you can make them work for entertaining too. Large scale art in a small space is perfection. Great post 🙂 xo Kristin

    March 22, 2013
  3. cuckoo4design #

    I LOVE oversized artwork.You inspiration is, of course, as usual divine!

    March 22, 2013
    • Thank you! I’m trying to find the perfect place in my own home for something “wow”…

      March 22, 2013

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