How to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger (and Look Luxurious!)

November 21, 2017 by Leanne

Many of us are adopting a ‘less is more’ attitude – suddenly it’s not only practical to have a small space, it’s downright trendy! While living within a smaller footprint has many advantages, nobody wants to feel cramped or inconvenienced (or to sacrifice luxury!).

Here are a few ways you can make your smaller space look amazing and function beautifully:

9670 Collection

9670 Collection

Follow the 3 Rs and the 3 Ds. A smaller space does mean evaluating and editing your possessions. Reduce, reuse and recycle wherever you can, but also donate, de-clutter and downsize. Be ruthless. If you can’t repurpose an item effectively, give it away or find a smaller version.

Place Furniture Properly. Intuitively, you may want to push furniture against the walls to reveal more floor space, but actually, bringing furnishings in from the walls creates the illusion of space – and makes for better conversation flow.

Cocktail Ottoman with tufting

Cocktail Ottoman with tufting

Consider Multi-Purpose Furnishings. Choose an ottoman as your cocktail table that also functions as a seat. Or a cocktail table with storage. Or a dining room table with leaves. Explore. There are lots of options available.

Go Neutral or Monochromatic. Neutrals are ideal in small spaces. Inherently classic, they recede rather than stand out, creating a feeling of timeless luxury. Another fabulous option is to choose multiple shades of the same colour for walls, trim and ceiling. HINT: A piece or two of furniture that matches the shade of your walls is a great blending idea.

Devon Collection

Devon Collection

Go Light….Maybe! We’ve all heard that light colours open up a space and of course that’s true. But what if you love the drama and intimacy of darker walls, not to mention that they are on trend? Honestly, go for it – but follow a few guidelines. Perhaps choose a dark accent wall rather than a whole room; choose lighter floors and furnishings and don’t break the line of the colour i.e. always take the colour all the way to the ceiling.

Work Magic with Mirrors. You can totally change the vibe of a room with mirrors. Not only do they dramatically open a space, they also reflect light. Choose larger mirrors; vertical is perfect.

Look Up! Drawing the eye upward makes a room appear higher. Choose vertical furnishings like armoires and bookcases. They also provide valuable storage space. And don’t forget the ceiling. Paint the ceiling a bright colour that pops; again, the eye is drawn upwards.

Choose Appropriately-Sized Furniture. You’ll often read that smaller-scaled furnishings are better for small spaces. We disagree! While there’s no need to choose incredibly large pieces, go full size for comfort. The trick is to have fewer pieces to keep the space open. HINT: Furniture with longer legs rather than solid to the floor looks less bulky.

Follow these tips and your smaller space will feel and look expansive!

What Does Every Room Need? Read on and Find out!

November 13, 2017 by Leanne

We often talk about how details make the difference in decorating, but what about the big picture? What does every room need? When you’re planning a room refresh, keep this checklist in mind. It will help make your space aesthetically pleasing and welcoming.

Colour

Even if you love a neutral palette, every room needs at least a little colour to bring it to life. Maybe it’s as subtle as a pastel throw and pillows or perhaps a statement chest in a rich jewel tone or a bolder touch with an accent wall. Colour brings joy to a space.

Kelsey Collection

Kelsey Collection

Texture

A room that’s too smooth or too ‘even’ lacks tactile interest – a vital part of fully enjoying a space. If your room has plenty of colour, you need less texture; the more neutral, the more texture you should incorporate. Choose upholstery with ‘feeling’, rugs with depth, distressed leathers, rugged floors – your sense of touch will thank you!

Starlite Collection

Starlite Collection

Art that You Love

Whether it’s an original oil painting, a limited edition print or simply a black and white photo of your family, choose art that speaks to you. It may be a beautiful mirror, a piece of driftwood or a huge abstract mural – whatever you love!

Flowers or Plants

Every space needs a touch of nature. Maybe it’s a trendy terrarium, a collection of cacti, a palm in the dining room or a Boston fern in the bathroom. Plants bring Zen to a room. HINT: Fresh cut flowers are a beautiful choice too!

Wood

Even an ultra modern space needs some wood for warmth. Whether its furniture, floors, accessories or architectural details, wood brings nature inside. With so many choices – from polished to distressed, mahogany to pine – there’s a wood finish to accent your décor style.

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Easton & Griffith Collection

A Statement Piece of Furniture

A beautiful leather sectional, a gorgeous armoire, a stand out cocktail table, a spectacular headboard – as with art, choose furniture you love that gives your room personality!

Nest Theory Collection

Nest Theory Collection

Metal

Metallics are like jewellery for a room! They add visual interest and reflect light for added dimension. Do you like bright gold and brass? Sophisticated pewter? Gleaming copper? Or perhaps a mix of metals? Either way, metal adds glamour and elegance, whether in accessories, fabrics or furnishings.

Comfort

Some rooms look ‘perfect’ but they simply don’t invite you to sit and enjoy. Add throws, cushions, rugs, an ottoman, accent tables and accessories to ‘fill’ a room and make it more welcoming. HINT: Arrange furniture in a U or L for conversation and bring it in from the walls to encourage intimacy.

A Touch of Your Personality

Like you, your home is one-of-a-kind. Be sure your personality shows! Showcase collections. Display family heirlooms. Let your whimsical side show. Don’t hide your books, photos and treasures from your travels – they make your home interesting and unique!

Make your home beautifully yours with these tips!