Designing any room can be challenging, but making over a small space might make you feel like you have limited options.
However, just because a room might be small doesn't mean you should scale down your ideas.
Here are a few tips from designer Stephen Saint-Onge to get you started on your small-space design.
- Clean Up and Clean Out To start your small-space redesign, get rid of what is not a necessity. This will help you get the room down to the basics. For example, if you notice a piece of furniture in a room that you don't feel works in the space, move it out or store it, especially if it is an heirloom or antique.
- Create a Look Book Once the room is down to the basics, it's time to be creative. Create a "look book" full of inspiring ideas from rooms in magazines, catalogs, notes from TV shows, movies, etc. When it comes time to make decisions about your likes and dislikes, you will have creative direction at your fingertips. Look books are great solutions for couples wanting to combine styles and create a unified environment.
- Rearrange Your Space Rework and rearrange what you currently have in the space. If you're designing a living room, veer from the traditional seating area and create different inviting spaces. For a bedroom, position your bed against another wall to change the flow of the space. Simply reorganizing what you already have will help you see the space from a fresh perspective, and you haven't even spent a dime!
- Accentuate and Accessorize Don't feel compelled to buy all new stuff for a different look. Redesigning can be as simple as buying new end tables and slipcovers or splurging to buy your favorite sofa. Focus your budget on buying accessories such as throw pillows, interesting artwork, frames, books, or candles. I love placing candles in a room, but if you have small children or allergies, consider using the LED Candles. These candles give you the look and feel of candlelight without the associated risk of an open flame.
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