A Comfortable Place to Sit
While it’s often tempting to try to stuff many compact pieces of furniture into a small home, you shouldn’t skimp on a full-sized place to sit.
Including a trulyGreat Lighting comfortable sofa or lounge chair, rather than many tight modern seats, will make the whole home much more satisfying. To fit in occasional extra guests, have compact side chairs on hand that are only meant for sitting in for a few hours while someone visits, or you can even use a plush ottoman.
In a small space, the lighting is often inadequate, as it tends to be assumed that a single fixture can properly light each area. In reality, good lighting can never come from just one source, so it’s always important to include a diverse palette of fixtures.
To save room while adding a lot of light, choose a plug-in sconce with multiple bulbs, like the one here. It will brighten the walls in a rich way without taking up any square footage from your floor plan or table surfaces.
A Living Plant
Speaking of your floor plan, now that you’ve saved a little space with a great sconce, why not use that square footage for a healthy living plant? Including an element of living greenery will make the space feel more human and welcoming, bringing a sense of the outdoors in.
Space to Breath
Lastly, when decorating your small home, don’t forget to leave room for one very important thing: empty space. Filling every square inch of your walls and flooring with decorative baubles and unneeded furniture leaves the space feeling cluttered and cramped. Let some walls remain empty, and keep lots of circulation space open so you can move about freely and really enjoy the great pieces you have.
Alix Flamm is an interior designer working in the Newport Coast, Newport Beach, Irvine, and Tustin area of Orange County, California.