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Trying to create that wow factor in your small space? A small room can be a bit of a design challenge, when you are trying to get maximum potential out of any room. It can feel like an overwhelming process, so we are here with some tips and tricks to help you figure out how to design your space to work for you. There are a couple of things we feel are essential to do in during your space planning so you walk away with something you absolutely love. When you are trying to incorporate your living room, dining room and home office in the same shared space, having a thoughtful plan on how the space will function is key to creating something you will love.

First thing is map out your space. Consider the functionality of how you want the room to function.  Does the room have any dual purposes? Sometimes having dedicated zones is helpful, in both staying organized, but also allowing you to relax in a space. For example, if you work from home, it can become difficult to turn it off at the end of the day, which is why having an office zone is helpful. You can shift to another part of the room when work is completed and mentally and physically shift gears into another mindset.

When considering how you want your room to be laid out, a lot of us are requiring functional furniture. Whether that’s offering storage to hide items you don’t want to see all the time, or helping provide organization. Modular furniture is perfect for small space living. You will get extra functionality out of your pieces, and they often come with additional storage solution to help keep the clutter away. Consumers are often wanting to maximize on space, so it isn’t uncommon for someone to want to put a sectional in a smaller condo or apartment. You don’t have to compromise on lifestyle. A lot of retailers and manufacturers are offering reversible sofa chaise options, which is great for small homes. They are super practical as well for renters. Not sure if your sectional will fit into your next home? A reversible sofa chaise will absolutely give you the peace of mind that you can get a lot of life out of your sectional. Storage is absolutely key in small spaces. Lots of clutter will make your room feel busier and smaller. Investing in baskets, bins and storage boxes will help keeping your space neat and tidy. Sourcing side tables, desks, and coffee tables with storage, are smart design decisions in a small space. You will be able to maximize your square footage and keep your living space organized.

When sourcing furniture and scouring websites another important factor to consider is scale. One of the biggest mistakes made in a small space is either packing it in with too much furniture or selecting furniture that is oversized for the room. Oversized furniture will make your room feel smaller. We always recommend buying furniture that fits the scale of the space. It will leave your space feeling larger than it is and even create a more calming and tranquil vibe. A great tip, before purchasing is to invest in a roll of painters tape. Mapping out your furniture in the room will allow you to get a sense of how the space will feel once all the items are in their spot. You can visualize the functionality. You may find that it eats up to much room and makes maneuvering in the space awkward. This helpful tip, hopefully will avoid a decorating small space faux pas.

Another design savvy trick is to consider the materials you are bringing into the space. Heavy darker woods will make the space feel fuller and smaller. They will absorb light instead of reflecting it, which will give a cozy vibe, but if there are too many darker pieces, it can really make the room feel small.  If you focus on lighter weight materials, such as acrylic, glass or mirrored pieces, they will reflect light and allow the space to look bigger than it is. A glass coffee table or dining table is a great way of keeping a room feeling open. You can pair with some nice wood end tables if you want a curated look.

Sticking with a softer-brighter color palette is another simple way of keeping your space feeling larger. The key to a great design is balance. Being mindful of finishes and focusing on both what inspires you and functionality will leave you with a home that is exquisitely styled. You want to your home to reflect your taste, but also be practical to your lifestyle.

Editing your space, and being mindful of the items you select for your home, will be key to both keeping your room looking organized and feeling larger than it is. If you are looking for design inspiration and trying to find the décor ideas for your home, take a moment to think about usage and style. If you can be mindful of how you want the room to feel, you will walk away with something that is well thought out and functions for the purposes you intend to use it for. Practicality in design is key, you want to love the room and how it works for you.

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