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Live Large in a Small Space

Scale of Your Furniture

ONE OF THE FIRST CHALLENGES TO ADDRESS WHEN WORKING IN LIMITED SPACE IS THE SCALE OF YOUR FURNITURE.

There's a reason that contemporary pieces are often recommended for small rooms—clean, simple forms typically take up the least amount of room. Case in point, a straight track arm takes up less space than the rolled arm of a traditional sofa, not only physically, but in a visual sense as well.

While contemporary furniture may be the most apt style for these settings, don't feel like you have to settle. If your taste is traditional, find other ways to address the issue of scale. Dying to have that sofa with pleated roll arms and nailhead trim? You can offset an oversized sofa with small accent chairs, or swap the sofa in favor of a footprint-friendly loveseat.

For a snug eating area, you can set up a dining table sans leaf, or go with a round table to help with your room's flow. Transitional styles can also be a nice middle ground for any room, providing some ornamentation in a more streamlined package.
In your bedroom, you can go traditional by opting for a chest instead of a dresser, relying on its use of vertical space to maximize your storage. A metal bed that works with your style is another great option, since it will provide the decorative touch you crave without the heavy look that comes with so many classic sleigh beds.

No matter what style you choose, step one is making sure your furniture will fit. When visiting the store, bring your room's measurements, or see how it all maps out with our Online Room Planner. If you have big visions for your small space, don't rule anything out. Our home furnishing consultants can even customize a sectional sofa that's perfectly sized for your space.

Add Some Color

COLOR IS ANOTHER DECORATING TOOL AT YOUR DISPOSAL THAT CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN A SMALL SPACE.

The conventional wisdom for years has been to rely on light tones to keep your room feeling open and bright—and truth be told, a soft pastel color can be just right if you want to set a relaxing feel. But we believe you can get away with big, bold hues if you're smart about it.

Dark wall colors may seem imposing at first, but with the right furniture and decor in front of them, they can actually make your room feel larger. Light-colored furniture and metallic finishes will draw the eye in, allowing your walls to recede from view. Dark furniture, on the other hand, can have a compound effect with the dark walls, making your room feel heavy.

Want to go bright? When space is at a premium, a little bit of color can go a long way. Simply thread your bold color of choice through the space to infuse your personality. An accent wall, a pair of colorful dining chairs or a smattering of bold accessories will provide just enough wow factor without going over the top.

Keep Things Neutral

WHETHER YOU GO WITH COLOR OR KEEP THEM NEUTRAL, THERE’S NO IGNORING YOUR WALLS.

They are a lot closer together in tight quarters, after all, which tends to make them feel more prominent. And with limited space, furniture layouts made out of necessity—whether it's placing a bed in the corner or arranging your dining table with one end against the wall—can turn your walls into unintended focal points. Fortunately, there's an easy way to put your walls to work and flip these would-be decorating flops into beautiful design features.

If you feel like your furniture arrangement draws a little too much attention to one wall, you can craft a stylish focal point with hanging decor. Oversized wall art will grab your guests' attention, while a gallery wall will occupy their interest as their eye flows from one picture to the next. You'll stop noticing your walls and instead see a room that looks like it was arranged to show off your favorite pieces of art.
With two walls to contend with, it's rare to see furniture that's in the corner of the room become a focal point. But what if you could create a mural that led the eye straight to your unlikely feature area? A simple geometric mural requires no artistic ability—just a roll of painter's tape and some bold color choices. With a little bit of contrast, you can highlight anything from a kid's bed to a corner TV stand.

Like any aspect of your small space, you can view your walls as another obstacle, or you can look at them as an opportunity to wow. The key is to own your look and create a design that says, "I love my small space." With a little planning and some help from our experienced team at Raymour & Flanigan, you'll be living large in no time at all.
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