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.