Table of Contents
- 1 Select items that serve more than one purpose
- 2 Honour your floor space
- 3 Choose armless, visually light accent chairs
- 4 Avoid darker colours as they may appear visually heavier and bulkier
- 5 Be ruthless in what you toss and what you keep
- 6 Stick to two or three colours
- 7 Pick the colour of your pieces before you paint
Small spaces can prove to be very uncomfortable to be in, but they can also be put together to create the illusion that they are much larger than they really are. In fact, when designed in the right way, these spaces can feel cosy, comfortable, stylish and spacious. You may even find that you enjoy being in them more than you thought was ever possible.
Select items that serve more than one purpose
For starters, the more space you have in a room, the more flexible you can be when it comes to choosing the right chair for your living room. Even in a smaller space, you can make the most out of your furniture by choosing pieces which serve more than one purpose. For example, an ottoman can provide you with storage, a makeshift coffee table, an extra seat for guests or a place to rest your feet on.
Honour your floor space
Speaking of maximizing your space, the more floor space that is visible the more roomier a space will feel. Therefore, selecting furniture that is held up by slimline legs rather than chunky ones allows the eye to travel to the space below them, creating the feeling of a larger room. You also get suspended chairs like the Hanging Bubble, with no legs at all, leaving plenty room beneath them. Not only will open floor space be kinder to the eye, but it will be kinder on those trying to move around the room without stubbing their toes, too.
Choose armless, visually light accent chairs
When it comes to choosing the appropriate arms of the chairs you’ll be adding to your space, selecting a delicate frame will make the space feel less crowded. If you can go without armrests, you might even choose to go with an armless option. Another great option for smaller rooms is what’s called a ghost chair. These chairs are made using transparent materials, once again creating the illusion of more space.
Avoid darker colours as they may appear visually heavier and bulkier
Similarly to a visually lighter frame, you might also want to choose furniture pieces within a light colour palette. Lighter colours tend to make a room feel brighter, especially when the room gets a lot of light. On the other hand, pieces with darker colours tend to feel heavier, which can be great if you are using your piece as a design anchor, but a big no-no otherwise.
Be ruthless in what you toss and what you keep
It may seem obvious, but don’t try and fill space just because you have it. Often, less is more, and this is definitely one of those cases. Small rooms often call for functionality over design, so don’t be scared to cut back on furniture where it isn’t useful or serving a purpose.
Beyond the quantity of items in your room making it feel crowded and busy, the choice in fabric and pattern of your chair can also make a room appear cluttered. Crazy or bold patterns can become overwhelming in a small space and appear much heavier than flat, simple designs.
Stick to two or three colours
If you do want to play around with colour within a smaller space, try to stick to two or three colours at most. As mentioned before, darker colours will appear heavier than lighter ones, therefore, if you do go this route it’s best to choose a lighter sofa and pair it with a darker accent chair.
Pick the colour of your pieces before you paint
The colour you pick for your pieces is a key part of how a person will feel within a room, so don’t try to match your furniture with the colour of your walls. Instead, choose your furniture first and paint your walls second. If you try to do it the other way around, you could deny yourself the creative freedom to choose from a number of otherwise perfect pieces.