Occupying a living space that you believe too small to take a breath in – let alone furnish, can boggle one’s mind. But with all the great benefits the neighborhood offers, putting up with a cramped apartment amid the fun and convenience, makes the design challenges somewhat acceptable.
Choosing furniture and decorating the space is the fun part. However, before you go on an all out shopping spree, center your thoughts around efficiency, storage requirements and multipurpose items to maximize form and function within the square footage allowed.
It is always a good idea to find the focal point of each room and work your plan from that vantage point and gradually move your design concept to the outer perimeters of the space. With small interiors, these central areas are easy to spot, often taking the guess-work out of where to place furniture.
Maximizing function and establishing a focused layout are your first steps before making furniture choices.
Shopping for Furniture
Weighted furniture and fabrics with sharply colored hues will make a small room feel closed and crowded. Select furniture that provides an airy feel under foot. In other words, the view beneath sofas and chairs is clear and adds openness to the space.
Carefully and accurately measure and size furniture as this practice will aid in creating proper balance and scale within the space.
Furniture retailers offer inventory and space planning ideas for apartment dwellers of small living spaces. Furniture items such as sofas, chairs, ottomans and tables are staples available in dimensions and sizes proportioned for limited square footage. These perfectly sized items along with other home decor accessories, are available to meet any budget.
Keep it Light and Airy
Monochromatic color palettes (white, creams, beige and pastels) help to create an open, light and airy space. Consider these colors for the walls and larger furniture pieces.
Still want deeper and more vivid hues, uses accessories such as pillows, throws, area rugs and artwork to introduce these rich colors.
Work up to build height and impact to the space. This allows the room to appear larger and gives the eye a heightened view. Artwork or a unique wall design lends itself well when creating heightened illusions. Whether you use a single large masterful work or a grouping of framed prints, artwork is another way to add color and character to the space.
Built-ins, wall units or bookshelves also work well as they offer multipurpose options for storing personal items or showcasing decorative accessories.
Soon the joys and pleasantries of the neighborhood will delight from inside your small living space once your furniture choices and decorating concept is complete. Happy Shopping!