Dream Small: How to Design for Small Spaces
Hi there! I am Coco of the COCOCOZY blog. I am so honored to be here on Interior Collective today. My topic this go around is Dream Small!
Small is the new big in my view! I live in a very tiny cottage in the Hollywood Hills. When I bought my house, I never imagined I would be living in 700 square feet for years and years – I thought it was just my starter home. I dreamed I would be moving to a mansion within a short amount of time. Well, the mansion has not appeared; and I, like so many others, have made the best of my small home. Now I dream small and love it. It has been fun trying to figure out the tricks of making a smaller space functional and pretty. Here are a few of my design suggestions for those of you who have chosen to DREAM SMALL like me.
1. Sectional Savvy
Image: Anson Smart
For your living room, if you live in a small space, consider a sectional. In the past, when I heard the term sectional sofa, I immediately thought of huge gigantic family rooms; big enormous screen TV’s, and tall guys eating popcorn and drinking beer with a sporty dog right next to them. That was the past. Now, I think of sectional sofas as compact, sleek, modern forms of seating for chic living spaces. If you are dealing with a narrow space or a small room, instead of having multiple chairs and sofas, use a one unit sectional sofa to provide all of your seating.
2. Floating Shelves
Image: New York Times
In a small kitchen, heavy upper cabinets can make the space feel closed in and cramped. If you are rethinking your kitchen design, consider using floating shelves for your upper cabinets. These wall mounted shelves take up less room than traditional kitchen cabinetry. Food for thought... right?
3. Go Clear
Visual clutter is the biggest problem in a small space. When I say ‘visual clutter,’ I’m talking about all of the lines, colors, patterns and textures that naturally inhabit a room. While walls, flooring, furniture, lighting, and accessories can all create visual interest, they, at the same time, also create the potential for visual clutter. When choosing furniture, try finding a clear piece or two. Lucite (the chic way of saying acrylic) or glass furniture can help eliminate visual clutter in a small room. Use of even just one clear piece can allow you to have a little more freedom with your design.
You can make the best of your small living space! It can look good and feel good too. I hope these tips have been helpful. Look forward to sharing more design ideas soon. Hope you have a great day.
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