15 WAYS TO MAKE A ROOM LOOK LARGER
You can make the most of a small space without sacrificing character, colour and comfort, writes Tracey Strange
How to make the most of a small space
1As elementary as it seems, it’s impossible to take every stick of furniture with you when downsizing to a smaller home. Pint-sized spaces need similarily scaled furniture. But there are a few exceptions. Two-and-half-seater sofas — or large two-seaters — are far more accommodating than a standard two-seater (unless your guests know each other well, they aren’t going to want to sit that close). Side tables only big enough for a cup and not a cup and a book (and perhaps a small vase of flowers) are irritating. Ditch them in favour of a more generously sized coffee table or ensure that when they aren’t in use they can be stored away under other furniture such as a hall table.
2One of the biggest issues with small rooms is that it’s all too easy to revert to arranging most of the furniture against the walls. This can make a living space feel spartan and characterless. Instead, consider placing a couch hard up against a floor-to-ceiling bookcase. The floor space you lose will be more than made up for by the extra storage and the bookcase’s bottom shelves can be devoted to things you don’t often need. Similarly placing a low console behind a free-floating couch not only “grounds” the couch and stops the placement from looking random, it provides somewhere for books, flowers and other accessories.
3Keep entryways clear. Tripping over a pouffe or having to fight a large plant just to sit down is annoying, not to mention unwelcoming. Plan the room so that there’s clearance when you walk in, and an obvious pathway to the sofa. Similarly, don’t be stingy with space around doors or drawers — they must be able to open properly.
Create an obvious seating space with an area rug. King Living
Coffee tables with fine legs are all perfect for small rooms. Freedom Furniture