It’s amazing how much seating can fit into a tight space! However, interesting accents such as patterned pillows, a bold throw and captivating artwork steal the show, jazzing up the crisp white sofas and bench. Again, the eye is drawn to the details rather than the close quarters.
Even if your living room poses no spatial challenges, the small space tips below can make your dwelling even roomier! One of the oldest tricks in the book: go with a small coffee table. Below we see a square wooden piece in a room designed by John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross. Notice how the space has an open feel thanks to an absence of large furnishings in the center.
Lastly, for a subtle addition to your design, consider adding bookshelves – built in options or standalone bookcases provide a great opportunity for displaying everything from your favorite classics to family photos or small décor pieces. Use decorative baskets and boxes as storage for children’s toys, remote controls and other items that may be littered about the room. For spaces that serve multiple roles, you should always be prepared with an adaptable design.
Choose elements that are neither harsh nor extreme. If this is going to be the primary space for guests, avoid colors that are too severe or gender specific as these could alienate some of your guests. Primary colors and neutrals are always a safe bet. Lighter, brighter colors work best in when used sparingly.
When pairing a bright pastel such as Lemon Sorbet one needs to think closely about the other colors it’s paired with. Darker and more subdued colors tone the yellow down and therefore make it seem less bright and easier on the eye. Here Lemon Sorbet is paired with a dark, rich wood, a bright raspberry for a pop of color and a soft, cool grey. On the ceiling is Blue Ice, a perfect complimentary color that that brings out the room’s architectural details. Without these other colors and textures to offset the brightness of the Lemon Sorbet might be too bright for this room.
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