This homeowner, who is also a designer, chose large pieces of furniture for her space. She says that in a smaller home it is best to use large pieces of furniture, but to have fewer pieces.
She painted one wall a dark feature color, then added lots of white accessories. The over-size white decor pieces create the illusion that the ceiling is taller.
The pops of turquoise on the coffee table draws the eye to the center of the room.
White accessories are placed against colorful artwork instead of the other way around, which is a relaxing feature in this cozy home.
In this awkward nook next to the kitchen, she added a comfortable slipper chair for reading.
Mirrors are always a good choice in a small home because it creates the illusion of more space. She stacked old books underneath the mirror to give it more height.
She painted wide horizontal stripes on the wall. Instead of hanging the artwork, she chose to stack the art on the sideboard. She says the large pieces of artwork prepares the eye for the large scale decor throughout her home.
When entertaining, she pulls the settee up to the dining table for additional seating. Otherwise the settee is placed against the wall so it doesn’t interrupt traffic flow in the room.
One of her favorite small space tips is to use paint for depth and dimension rather than color. In the narrow galley kitchen, she painted the walls a charcoal color, which creates the illusion of shadows.
She selected the table lamp, artwork and headboard of a similar low height in her bedroom in order to make the small bedroom appear taller.
The room colors in this home have a similar palette that moves easily from room to room, which creates a sense of flow for the eye instead of being broken up by clashing colors. In my opinion that is what makes this small home live large.