I just love small and cosy spaces. My grandmother had a small little living room but it was always warm, cosy and homely. When your working with a small area you really have to be more creative about what you do with the space down to each little detail. If you have a small space to work with here are some tips on how to make the most of the space.
Tip #1 – Picture Ledges
Make the most of the wall space by using picture ledges. This is a really quick, inexpensive and easy solution. I’m a huge fan of picture ledges – they can look very cool once you select the right pieces to go on them. They’re great because you can play with what goes on them ranging from a mix of different types and shapes of prints, mirrors, photographs in frames, vintage maps, album covers and it’s so easy to chop and change things in or out. Play around – mix mirrors with black and white prints, use album covers and little vases.
Source: Ikea.com Picture ledges from €6
Rather than using large heavy set furniture that take up a lot of space or is bulky opt for something that looks a little bit lighter in appearance e.g. couches with legs that don’t have a chunky feel to them. This will create a more spacious feeling.
Source: Houseology.com Sofa collection from £575
Source: Houseology.com Sofa collection from £550
Source: Ikea.com Couch left (€495), right (€595)
Tip #3 – Colour Scheme
Keep the colour palette neutral and use small accent colours in cushions, prints, rugs. Pops of colour in accessories are easier to live with and can be easily changed if you get bored with them. Think dreamy white wall colours, continuing on in the dream of white and throw all practicality out the window and think white couch (okay so not really practical if you’ve got kids). Then bring in your colour crush – maybe it’s a dusky pink for a soft feminine touch or dark greys or patterns and this can be introduced in the form of cushions (be bold and select something with a pattern or mix and match cushions with the same colour but different patterns) or throws – always a winner.
Source: HarveyNorman. Couch €599
Mirrors are light reflecting and are another great way to create the illusion of a room being more spacious. You can go for a huge ornate mirror, something old with a worn and beautiful patina or select a range of different shape and size mirrors and create a little gallery wall of mirrors. I love the art deco style ones that hang from a chain. I’ve picked up mirrors at auctions and second hand shops for €10-€30.
Tip #5 – Clear the clutter. Ged rid of any unnecessary clutter that you don’t need.