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Small Space - Big Style

When decorating a small space it is crucial to consider how the space is being used.

 

Everything should have a  dual purpose and be able to be moved with ease.   It is often a challenge to try to maximize the use of the space.    I  recommend spending the most money on the items you use the most.

 

Lifestyle would also be one of the most important issues to consider, if you eat in front of the television perhaps a lift top cocktail table with storage or an upholstered ottoman with storage that could also be used for additional seating if necessary.  The Sonno ottoman from Marzilli conceals a twin bed for overnight guests. 

 

An expandable dining table with perhaps a bench for extra seating that could easily tuck under the table, the bench could also be used in the living space for additional seating or at the end of a bed when not needed in the eating area.

 

Custom tables from Canadian manufacturer, Bermex allow you to design the size of your table to suit your own personal space. 

 

An apartment size sofa with a sofabed, a bed with under bed storage drawers or a Murphy wall bed is also a good choice for extra storage in a smaller space.  Perfect Balance bedroom suites from Durham Furniture are high quality solid wood bedroom furniture made in Canada that are designed for smaller space living.  Most of the bedroom sets include options for under-bed storage and a unique storage lift bed rounds out a broad selection of bed styles and sizes.

 

 

Leggier sofa and chair styles also seem to consume less space than items that are skirted or sit low to the ground.  The Canadian Made,  Condo Living Collection from Decor-rest offers a wide variety of styles and fabrics to choose from. 

 

 

Mirrors, large art work or wall hangings as well as the use of color may make the room feel bigger and more dramatic. The impact of fewer larger items rather than several smaller items will seem less cluttered.

 

 

Less is always better, try to utilize larger or taller items with ample storage with dual functionality. A taller chest of drawers could also house extra bed linens, as well as any household items.

 

I always giggle when I watch Sex and the CITY and see how Carrie stores her sweater collection in her oven, how creative.

 

 

Be sure to visit Smitty's Pinterest board for more style solutions for Small Space Living 

 

 

Have a decorating dilemma?

Why not Ask A Smitty's Decorator

 

 

 

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Add an element of intense personality

Who says when it comes to colour you need to go big or go home?  You do not have to commit to current colour trends or necessarily commit to extreme colours to create drama and contrast.

 

Black accentuated with cream, ivory, beige, tan or ecru will always add an element of intense personality whether your taste is modern or more traditional. It is an elegant combination to which you can always add to, by using accessories or art work to add that splash of color.

 

I always refer to the major furniture pieces as "the little black cocktail dress" it always looks very simplistic on it's own but add the jewelry and the shoes and the possibilities are endless.

 

Have fun and trust your own comfort level, sometimes if you look in your closet at your wardrobe it is amazing what you might find .

 

Take your inspiration from what is most familiar to you personally.  Dare to be different!

 

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