It’s no secret there’s been a huge movement toward living with less…less space, less stuff, less clutter. Along with that comes the challenge of how to decorate in a way that’s going to provide you and your family the comfort and convenience you deserve. Surprisingly, there’s very little compromising you need to make when living in a small space, providing you plan accordingly and make smart purchases, and after living in an RV for the past three months I think I can safely say I know a little about living small :).
Let’s start with the basics. With a small space, it’s easy to get carried away and create more than one focal point. Resist that urge. If your space already has a built-in focal point, like a fireplace, let it shine. But what if you have a large piece of furniture that you need for storage (like the oldie but goodie armoires I talked about last week), but it’s competing with the fireplace. Paint it! But not just any color, of course. Paint it the same color as the wall, and it will almost disappear. Problem solved.
If you’re like me, you like to kick your feet up while watching tv, reading, or just socializing, but maybe you don’t have room for a recliner. Try using an ottoman as a cocktail table. Furniture pieces that provide double duty are worth their weight in gold!
Give your small space a sense of height by painting the walls (or use wallpaper) in a vertical stripe design. You can also add drapes and hang them as high as possible and let them gently touch the floor.
You may not have an expansive backyard, but perhaps you have a balcony. Try expanding your space by creating an inviting outdoor area by adding some small furnishings, greenery and accessories. When the doors are open, this space will become part of the living area.
Using color effectively is important to help unify a small house or apartment. Choose a main color and use it in some way in each room. It could be the dominant color in one room, a secondary color in another, an accent color in another room, and so on.
Mirrors are the workhorses of small spaces. They’re a great way to visually expand a space and add light, but placement is key. Try it in different places before deciding, and make sure it’s reflecting something pleasing.
If you are placing a chair or small sofa in a tight corner, use one with rounded arms so it’s easier to get around and softens the sharpness of the corner. If that’s not possible, make sure it’s not a bulky piece that will overpower the space.
It may seem counterintuitive, but large art works perfectly for a small space. A gallery wall with several prints or paintings has the effect of feeling busy and cluttered, but one large important piece gives the space depth and importance.
Lastly, keep accessories to a minimum, and remember the ‘cantaloupe’ rule. Accessories smaller than a cantaloupe tend to add visual clutter to a space. Don’t feel because your room is small, your accessories need to be also, because more often than not the opposite is true.
In other news…
This post was supposed to be published on Saturday morning, and in fact it was, but when I looked at it all the photos were gone, so I removed it. Not only that, but almost all the photos in all my posts were gone!
What happened was I cancelled Househoneys a few days ago, and unbeknownst to me when I did that, since all my photos were ‘referencing’ Househoneys, WordPress no longer had a source for them any more.
The issue is when one does a migration, most photos don’t show up in the media library, just within the posts. Now I have to figure out a way to get the photos in the library so when Househoneys is deleted again it won’t happen again. I have a week to figure it out, and yes, I’m going to have a pro do it.
We arrived in Panama City today, after having spent a week just an hour west near Destin.
The highlight of this area for us has without a doubt been a cute little town called Seaside. My blog buddy Emily mentioned it in one of her posts a couple of weeks ago and it looked like my kind of place.
And I was right.
The first time we went was late in the day, so we got to see what everything looked like at night. This cute little church is the most popular spot to have a wedding in Walton County, and I think we can understand why.
(If you’re viewing this on a mobile device, my apologies for the tiny pic. For some reason cell pics aren’t displaying right except on laptops).
A couple of days later we biked our way to Seaside, and stopped to take a picture of this covered bridge. I have lots more photos to share, but I’ll save them for when I get home in a couple of weeks, along with tales of our adventures and misadventures…
If you’ve been following along, you know that the posts I’ve been publishing for the last two months have been pre-scheduled’ and I’ve added in a snippet or two at the end about our current travels. This post is the last of the pre-scheduled ones, and depending on the wifi connection, I may not be able to post until after we return home in a couple of weeks. Happy Spring!