How to Live Well in a Small Space

It can be difficult to know exactly what the best way is to organize your space when you don’t have much of it! Fear not, for there are several tricks that expand your small space into a manageable size. Utilizing just a couple of these is sure to help make your space feel like a castle.

 

First take a look at the space.  Are the walls or the floor dark?  Dark colors will close off the space, while pastel or white will open the space and encourage a feeling of airiness.  Examine the floor.  Has it become stained, worn or outdated?  A small change in this department will make a world of difference in a small space.

 

When it comes to furniture, make sure that your furniture matches the scale of your space. If you purchase items that feel too big they will make your room feel stuffy. Go for smaller and lighter items. Furniture with legs that are showing will give the illusion of lightness as well. Try looking for furniture pieces that could serve two different purposes in your space. Tables on wheels can double as your night stand and your living room table. 

 

Be sure that anywhere you can you utilize your space. That means whenever you can, have pieces of your apartment serve dual purposes. If you have an ottoman, try purchasing one with storage. If you are looking at your couch next to your mattress, it may be time to switch to a futon. Storage becomes a snap when you use different types of modular systems. These can be used to display your clothes and shoes and any other items you might want to store. Added value? It can add a deconstructed modern feel to your space. Voila, instant art!

 

This leads to another tip for organizing a small space. Make sure that you don’t bring clutter in. You don’t have the space for it. And keep organized—if everything has a place then it will keep your space feeling much larger so be sure to put things away after you use them. You’ll also want to be conscious of the fact that if you don’t keep it clean it will end up looking cluttered as well. So be sure to keep your space as clean as possible!

 

The most important thing to remember is that when you have a small space you are going to have to get creative. Find what works for the space you have and always be sure to keep your space clutter free!

Decorating with Color

Does your life need an infusion of color? If you’re in a decorating slump and searching for a new look –consider adding more color. Follow these tips to get started on a new color adventure:

 

Choose a Color Scheme:

Start by searching design blogs for styles that jump out at you. When you’re feeling pretty settled on a look you want, get more specific by looking at products available in the colors you’re drawn to. It’s important to know what’s actually available to buy before committing to a color scheme. If you’re having trouble finding products you like in your chosen colors, then start thinking about furniture you can paint, and other DIY projects you can do to incorporate your favorite colors into your home.


Know a Bit About Color Theory:

Educating yourself on color theory can be a great help when adding a lot of new color to your spaces. Some key things to know are colors opposite each other on the color wheel (complimentary colors) work well together. Also, colors next to each other on the color wheel generally coordinate nicely. Play around with including different intensities of the colors you like (lighter and darker). If you’re working with a three-color scheme and you need it to have a little more excitement, add touches of a complimentary color to your dominant color and the effect will be stunning!


Think about Focal Points:

You might find one item, like a big painting, piece of furniture, or textiles that will inspire your color scheme. Consider using this piece as a focal point in a room and then build around that with complimenting colors.


Pattern Play:

Have fun with pattern in your rugs and textiles. Think about including pattern in different ways through art work, dishes, towels—really anything! Wall paper is another great way to add color and pattern together and so many stylish options are available today.

We hope these points to consider will give you a jumpstart to adding more color into your home! When you decorate your home with color in a thoughtful, planned out way, you’ll find your space will give you energy, comfort and inspiration each day.

Hotel Room – Yea or Nay?

This is a unique hotel room that is attractive yet could be more welcoming.

We love the natural wood and other textural elements, such as the painted brick wall. We also love the shag green area rug, which adds an eye-catching focus point (it also reminds us a bit of grass!). However, this contemporary-styled room is lacking in several ways.  The first addition we would make is to add a few accessories. Not many accessories are needed for the space, but a large piece of artwork hanging over the sofa would dramatically enhance the look here.

A piece of dimensional art would be perfect on top of the kitchen cabinets. As it stands now, the barren space sticks out like a sore thumb. The room completely lacks greenery as well. Draping plants or flowering pots of greenery (even silk would do here) would aid greatly in breaking up the large empty space.  Greenery adds life.

Everything within this room is a solid color. The tasteful addition of patterned accessories here would add dimension to the space. Changing out the light green accent pillows on the sofa to a patterned print would instantly add interest. Even though we love the shag rug, replacing it with a patterned rug could add life to this room. Life which it so desperately needed in the room.

This room feels stark because there is no art, greenery or accessories in sight. Adding these items helps individuals to feel comfortable relaxed. As with any space, the room has to feel complete as well as functional. Since there is a lack of art, accessories and pattern, the room feels cold. All this room needs is a couple finishing touches and any guests will be able to relax and enjoy themselves!

Are Cabinets Necessary in a Bathroom Vanity?

Question: Is it absolutely necessary for a bathroom vanity to be made up of base cabinets?

Answer: The short answer is no. The long answer is that there are many different things to think about, if planning to do this. Find out what aspects to plan, if deciding to create this design.

The first thing to consider is that, generally speaking, the bathroom vanity is made up of base cabinets that provide most of the storage. If the bathroom includes a linen closet or cabinets in another location, some storage can probably be given up under the bathroom sink.

The lack of a base cabinet vanity in this photo shows that other arrangements can been made. The towel rack has been installed directly onto the counter. Typically a base cabinet vanity hides the plumbing of a sink. In this case special care for installing and concealing the pipes must be made. 

If you decide to create a vanity without cabinets, you could consider adding wall shelves near the vanity. Extra storage has to be made available in this space. Toilet paper and fresh towels need a sensible place to live within this room. If you prefer to have these items concealed, perhaps you can find a place to fit in upper cabinets into the space. Upper cabinets could be added on top of the vanity in between two sinks. Their depth should not exceed twelve inches, as to keep the focal point balanced and not look top heavy.

Another option with a lack of cabinetry is the use of accessories that have storage capabilities. A basket full of towels, a stylish trunk for less attractive items, or a free-standing shelf for stylishly placed necessities (think cotton balls or soaps) are all wonderful additions to a simply styled bath.  You may never even miss those under sink cabinets!    

This particular design style is interesting and unexpected. Make sure careful planning goes into finding an alternate storage solution if you decide to give up the base cabinets in your bathroom vanity. 

Accent Walls

Accent walls can really make a statement! For spaces that need a pleasant punch, an accent wall can be all that you need. Find out what works in this room and how to implement an accent wall in your own home!

The paint color must first work with everything in the room. A contrast between the furniture, floors and wall color is important in order to avoid a washed out room. If you want to make a large impact with an accent wall, select an exciting and bright paint color. The room above works well because the bright berry color pops against the more subdued gray upholstery and the warm color of the floor stain.

White cabinets add a crisp contrast to the wall, as well as helping to tie in the white on the remaining walls. Modern and clean lines of the architecture is mirrored in the cabinetry and furniture. This space has balance and excitement.

Skylights let in plenty of natural light that highlights the bright berry color. If light was lacking in this space, it would feel dark and small. Light is always an important element in any space, especially where dramatic colors are involved. The true color can be seen best in natural light. Artificial light can skew the color. When considering an accent wall, take inventory of the natural light in the space.

The finish of the paint should be chosen with careful consideration. Try to use a matte finish on your accent wall. A matte finish works best for bright or dramatic colors. Bright colors tend to enhance flaws on the walls, but using a matte finish will help in masking these small flaws.  

When in doubt, paint a small portion of the wall.  This will help you evaluate how your color is affected by the light in the space and how it works with the rest of the room.  If the color doesn’t work the first time, it is a simple task to repaint the small section, rather than the entire wall!  

Don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions about an accent wall in your home!

Adding a Modern Flare to a Rustic Space

Rustic design styles are very popular and not just because there are so many mountainous towns and city all across the U.S. As more people visit these areas, the design style has spread across the country. Rustic looks are incorporated in country settings and even in the desert. This design style does not have to be traditional in nature, although that is a common combination. It can be modern and still incorporate natural elements that make the style feel closer to nature.

This room is successfully decorated in a modern, rustic style. The room has all the qualities of a rustic space. Floor to ceiling windows show off the beautiful view, which naturally pulls green in from the outdoor landscape.

Despite the large size of the room, it still feels warm and inviting. The horizontal layout of the wall decor brings the eye downward, making the space feel intimate, as opposed to vast. Vertical stonework adds the traditional rustic element of stone but the instillation is completely modern. The vertical element paired with the horizontal woodwork and fireplace creates a nice cohesion between all of the elements together.

Furnishings and accents are modern. The low sofa and loveseat is covered in a modern leather and does not conflict with the view. It is subtle yet spacious and offers seating for many. The large upholstered accent pillows are proportional with the sofas and the size of the room. They add a layer of warmth and comfort that a rustic space requires. The coffee table is made from natural stone, yet implements modern lines in the design. The iron also adds another natural element to the modern piece that works perfectly in any rustic setting.

The geometric accent table, next to the lounge chair, brings a modern feel to the space as well as another interesting set of lines that breaks up the strong horizontal and vertical lines on the main wall.

This rustic-modern living room works because the rustic and modern elements balance one another and do not conflict. The theme of the space is successful because the furnishings are made up of modern lines, paired with natural materials.

Curating Your Space—Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of Curating Your Space! First, read Part 1 for our thoughts about Art Selections, Furniture and Textiles. Today we’ll talk about Lighting, Accessories, Finishes and Flooring.

If you think of your home as a carefully curated space, not solely for the purpose of being appealing to other people, but for the purpose of offering you rest and peace, this will help guide you as you decorate. Whether decorating is a one-time project for you, or an ongoing hobby, carefully choose the furniture, finishes, art, and items that fill your rooms, based on what is meaningful to you.

 

Lighting:

Don’t forget that lighting plays a big role in the atmosphere of your space. A room lit only from above has a different feeling than one lit with a few lamps in various parts of the room.

TIP: Instead of buying new lamps, think about repurposing the ones you already own in different rooms. Play with different locations and test out how the light feels in the room in different arrangements.

 

Accessories:

Accessories can be the most fun and dynamic part of decorating. Change up the arrangement of things as often as you want, add new items here and there as you find them. Pile on, or go minimal! Your selection of accessories is one of the easiest and most flexible ways to express your unique style.

TIP: Look online for styles of vignette arrangements you like to maximize the aesthetic appeal of your décor.

 

Finishes & Floors:

Just the opposite of accessories, the floors and hard finishes in your home are not changed often, so decision making can be harder here. Sometimes visiting a wide variety of places that inspire you, and looking at their finishes, can help direct your choice. They carefully curate their spaces so their locations look as appealing as possible—just as you want your home—appealing to you and your family for the purpose of rest and retreat.

TIP: Work with a designer if you’re not confident about the style you want, and they can help you find something you’ll like for years to come.