1. Measure The Space

If I could only give you 3 tips to re-design your small space, the first would be to measure the room.  You don’t want to end up with a sofa so large that the three people who visit all have to sit side by side to have a conversation.  You won’t have room extra seating and tables.  Put that picture in your head. The measuring step will guide you in choosing furnishings that are scaled to fit the room.

2. Pull a floor plan together

You need a plan.  There’s a reason why the room feels a bit off.  Are there too many things crowding one side of the room?  Is there a better sized sofa, rug, chair that you could use?  This is the most important step to planning a room for furniture.  Why?  It’s important because the investment you will make is not one you want to repeat too soon.  

3. Consider The View Into Adjoining Rooms

This couple is happy with their recently remodeled kitchen and custom window treatments.  The beautiful rich green countertop and diamond patterned tile backsplash are focal points of that room.  With an open plan, it is very important that the rooms flow seamlessly together.  The kitchen and window treatments in the living room/kitchen dictated color choices for the rug and main furniture selections to be made for the living room.

You need to decide what is important about your room.  What will be the major activity in that room.  My clients use this room for three purposes.  They watched television, relaxation by reading, and occasional entertaining.  It was very important, therefore, for me to keep all these functions top of mind when helping them decide on space planning and scale. 

 

My favorite part of the room is the new wool blend rug. The warm spice tones complement the kitchen counter and tile backsplash perfectly. I had it custom made to be sure it fit the space.  My clients fell in love with the lush feeling and deep colors.  Be prepared to experience a bit of shedding when a wool rug is new.  The Irving swivel chair from Pottery Barn is the hit of the room.  They love the flexibility of being in the room, watching television, swiveling towards guests either in the room or in the kitchen. 

 

The big reveal was worth the wait for furniture that fits the space perfectly.  The love seat helps the room feel larger. The squared off arms allowed the illusion of more space as opposed to the larger, roll armed sofa that was there previously.  Keeping scale in mind, the French sewing stool doubles as a surface for a beverage and extra seating for guests.

Flexibility is the key to good design.  I tell all my clients that time and money will allow you to make all the changes you need to solve your design challenges.  This ottoman from Cisco Brothers will soon find a home in my client’s living room.  Furniture pieces acquired over time allow you to control your budget and the urge to invest in the wrong thing. I’m proud of the final choices that these two made.

Do you need help with tips to re-design your small space?  Contact me here or call 714 974-6571 to schedule time to talk. 

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