Small Living Room Decorating Ideas

“A 160-square-foot living space may seem like an average, decent size — until you realize it must function as a family room, lounge, dining room and home office. Creating a design that’s as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing can be a major challenge. In the case of a spatially-challenged, open concept great room, a few design elements are essential to maximize space: multi-purposing, playing with scale and proportion, installing proper lighting, defining the space plan, and delineating several zones within one area. When it comes to living large in cramped quarters, the vintage modern New York City great room of Matt and Jodi Arden showcases small space decorating at its best.

When the couple, both TV executives, relocated to New York’s East Village neighborhood from Atlanta, they decided to leave most of their living room and office furniture behind. Only their dining table and chairs made the trip. Jodi comments, “”Spatially, we couldn’t see any of our old stuff working in the apartment. Why bother schlepping sofas, chairs, area rugs and desks up 10 stories if it may not even fit?”” Instead, the Ardens enlisted the help of a designer friend to guide them in a direction that worked with their personal style and their functional needs.”

Written by Brian Patrick Flynn

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Decorate a Small House

“Whether it is your first apartment or you are an empty nester preparing to downsize, at some point you are likely to live in a smaller place. The trick is figuring out how to make the most of what space you do have. You also want to decorate your small house in a way that expresses your personal style. Smaller homes and apartments provide a great opportunity to create cozy, inviting spaces, if you follow some basic do’s and don’ts. They also give you the opportunity to live smarter, by reducing any unnecessary items that will cause clutter.

The enemy of any small home or apartment is clutter. Having too much stuff around is not only frustrating in a small space, but it will make everything appear even smaller. When decorating a small house, do de-clutter. Start by giving away or recycling anything you haven’t used in the past six months. Now is the time to shed any items that you have never liked as well. Certainly keep something if it has sentimental value or is a treasured keepsake, but understand that you may not have the space to display everything.”

Written by Ginny Gaylor

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