November 25, 2015 1:12 am
"There's no need to sacrifice great design if you live in a small space,” says Jackie Jordan, director of Color Marketing with Sherwin-Williams. “A few simple changes are all you need to make it feel bigger, more beautiful and a reflection of your personality.”
Jordan’s recommendations include:
Overhead and Underfoot – Consider using every conceivable space to please the eye—even the ceiling. "I love the idea of reflecting the shape of your dining room table with a bold accent color on the ceiling above it," says Jordan. Another idea: define a space at the floor level with an area rug beneath a couch and side table.
Lofty Ambitions – Consider creating a sleeping loft. It's not only cozy, but leaves extra living space below. A Murphy bed that folds up discretely into the wall is another space saver.
Focal Point – Find a focal point. It can make a space feel larger. Try painting a corner, such as a reading nook, in a bright, bold color for a mini-room effect. Or paint a piece of furniture or picture frame and elevate it to something special.
Creative Cabinetry – Take advantage of cabinetry with built-in storage features, from pullout racks that create added pantry space, to bathroom cabinets equipped with laundry hampers, hairdryer hooks and bins for grooming items.
Multitasking Solutions – If you're always multitasking, your furniture can do the same. Place an ottoman with a hidden storage compartment or flip-top serving tray beside a comfy chair. Move a twin bed next to the wall and add big patterned pillows to create seating space by day, and sleeping space by night. The pillows can also provide extra floor seating for entertaining.
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