Monthly Archives: April 2019

How to Clean Your Outdoor Furniture [Expert Tips & Insights]

Rising temperatures, longer days, and more sunshine indicate that summer is right around the corner. After a harsh winter, chances are you’re ready to get your patio prepped for a fun season of outdoor entertainment. Keep in mind that even if you took the necessary steps in protecting your patio furniture against harsh conditions, the winter weather still might have taken a toll on it.

 

Oxidation, mildew, and other buildup can take a toll on even the finest furniture pieces. However, the following tips can help you to revive your furniture so you can enjoy a clean, functional outdoor living space all summer long. Check out the best way to clean patio furniture and how you can prevent future mildew or oxidation.

 

What Type of Furniture Are You Cleaning?

 

Outdoor furniture comes in a variety of popular materials, including:

 

  • Plastic
  • Wicker
  • Teak
  • Aluminum
  • Mesh

 

All of these materials are durable and offer their own unique benefits as outdoor furniture, but they must be cared for in different ways. Before you proceed with our cleaning tips, make sure you read up on your type of furniture. Avoid using any cleaning materials or methods that may permanently damage your outdoor furniture. Once you’re sure of what you need to avoid, you can start using the following cleaning tips and tricks.

 

1. Clean Your Cushions

 

Get rid of mildew, dust, and winter stiffness in your cushions by giving them a quick DIY cleanse. Cleaning up your cushions will make it much more pleasant for guests to sit down and relax without hesitation or worry about ruining their clothes.

 

How Do You Clean Patio Furniture Cushions?

 

You can clean patio furniture cushions with a simple solution, and you probably already have these supplies on hand. If not, you can find them at any drugstore or grocery store.

 

Combine the following in a bucket or spray bottle:

 

  • 1 teaspoon dishwashing detergent
  • 1 quart warm water
  • 1 tablespoon Borax

 

Spray or soak your cushions on both sides with the cleaning solution and then let it sit for about 15 minutes. Proceed to complete the following steps:

 

  • Using a hose, spray off the solution and set the cushion on its side to air dry.
  • When the cushion is about eighty-percent dry, spray the surface with a fabric protector.
  • Remember to give your cushions a frequent vacuum or shake to remove built-up dust and debris.

 

Replacing Patio Furniture Cushions

 

If your cushions have simply seen better days, it might be time to replace them with a fresh, comfy new set. RST Brands has a variety of outdoor replacement cushions that are long-lasting and easy to clean. Our premium outdoor cushions will stand up to the elements and look great for years to come. Add our high-quality pillows to amp up the polished look of your space and bring further comfort and enjoyment of your furniture.

 

2. Care For Your Canvas Seats

 

Thankfully, most canvas is machine-washable, meaning if your canvas is removable, you can simply stick it in the washer and let your washer do the hard work. Here are a few tips for caring for your canvas seat cushions:

 

  • Set your washing machine to the cold setting to keep the color of your canvas as bright as possible.
  • Don’t put the canvas in the dryer. Instead, put it back on the furniture while it’s still damp so it will maintain its shape.
  • Read tags and instructions to make sure you don’t damage the material.
  • Spot clean your cushions to maintain a clean look without having to throw them in the laundry as often.
  • Add a mixed solution of bleach, liquid laundry detergent, and water to get rid of persistent stains. The solution should be one part bleach and one-quarter part detergent, with up to one gallon of water.
  • Let stained areas soak in a stain-removing solution for a minimum of 30 minutes before adding them to the wash.
  • Check the website of your upholstery maker for further tips on maintaining and cleaning your cushions.

 

How Do You Clean Outdoor Furniture Fabric?

 

Wondering how to clean outdoor furniture cushions that can’t be taken off? If the canvas is not removable, use the cleaning solution in Step 1 and a scrub brush to give your fabric a fresh, rejuvenating clean that is both effective and won’t damage the quality. Trying to remove the cushions will only cause further damage, so it’s best to stick with a spot treatment method.

 

Can You Pressure Wash Outdoor Cushions?

 

A pressure washer is a great way to clean the exterior of your house and tackle other heavy-duty outdoor cleaning tasks, including the cleaning of your outdoor furniture. Pressurized water has the power to clean without the assistance of chemicals or soap, so it’s a handy and easy way to give your outdoor cushions a refresh. Here’s how to use a pressure washer on outdoor cushions:

 

1. Set a fresh tarp out on the lawn or deck to lay your cushions on during the cleaning process.

2. Remove your outdoor cushions from the furniture and place them on the tarp, one at a time.

3. Plug in the power washer and proceed to clean the front and back of each cushion. You can add a soap solution to the power washer if water alone doesn’t seem to be doing the job, but water should do the trick on its own.

4. Allow cushions to fully dry in the sun before putting them back on the furniture pieces.

 

3. Whiten That White Plastic

 

Plastic is often used for outdoor furniture because it’s easy to clean and durable to the elements. But plastic can also discolor in the sun over time. Luckily, we have an effective trick when it comes to whitening your white plastic furniture pieces.

 

1. Combine one gallon of warm water and three tablespoons of automatic dishwashing detergent to create a solution that is perfect for cleaning white plastic furniture.

2. Use a sponge or soft brush to apply this solution and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with a hose.

3. Be sure to use automatic dishwashing detergent, as this contains a bleaching agent that will whiten plastic without using harsh chemicals.

 

4. Manage Your Metals

 

Despite what it may seem, corrosion is actually a way of your metal furniture protecting itself from the elements. Corrosion preserves your metal furniture so it upholds its structure even after exposure to rain, snow, and wind. But, corrosion does ruin the appearance of your furniture, and can eventually cause pitting in the metal if it is not treated properly.

 

How Do You Remove Oxidation From Patio Furniture?

 

Here’s how to treat oxidized or rusted metal on outdoor furniture:

 

1. Using a detergent-soaked sponge, give your aluminum furniture a thorough cleaning. Be sure to rinse away any remaining suds or debris, and inspect your furniture for any scratches or nicks.

2. If needed, touch up any blemishes with car paint of the appropriate color and follow with a coat of automotive wax for extra protection that will last throughout the summer.

3. Remove any rust that’s accumulated on wrought-iron furniture by using a wire brush or steel wool and follow with a coat of exterior spray paint that’s created for wrought iron.

4. Let the paint dry completely before applying cushions or canvases.

 

How Do You Remove Mildew From Metal Outdoor Furniture?

 

Metal furniture can be prone to mold building up in the form of algae or mildew. To remove mold from metal outdoor furniture, you want to make sure to have the proper tools, including:

 

  • Face mask
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Water bucket
  • Liquid soap
  • Spray bottle
  • Cloth

 

After gathering your materials, proceed to inspect the furniture from top to bottom so you know where the mold is located. Any untreated mold will continue to spread, so be sure to look under the furniture and in every hidden nook. Once inspected, follow these steps:

 

1. Scrub away mold by using the scrubbing brush and water. Hold the brush and use strokes that push away from you. Work especially hard on areas that come in contact with the ground, since mold is more prone in these areas. Wear a mask for safety.

2. Create a liquid solution using water and soap in the bucket. Put on gloves and dip a washcloth in the solution. Apply the cloth to the entire furniture set.

3. Wipe down and dry the furniture to get rid of moisture, which could cause mold to return. Be sure to look over the furniture and make sure you didn’t miss any areas that needed to be cleaned.

4. Prevent future mold by wiping down furniture soon after it gets wet from rain, snow, or the hose. Apply a mold-resistant sealant to further reduce the likelihood of mold returning.

 

Check Out RST Brands

 

With the tips above, you’ll know how to clean outdoor living furniture and make your space look as good as when everything was new! You can also prevent damage to your outdoor furniture with outdoor patio furniture covers from RST Brands.

Check out our selection of replacement cushions and outdoor patio furniture covers today. We offer high-quality furniture to enhance your living spaces, indoor and out. Whether you’re looking for a modern flare or classic look, you’ll find what you’re after at RST Brands.

Popular Living Room Colors [Expert Design Schemes, Tips & Tricks]

Home is your one haven from the outside world, and it should be a place you go to feel relaxed, safe, and happy. Color schemes can go a long way to create this ideal setting. But there are many options out there, and you’ll need to choose wisely if you want a cohesive look to your overall design. Check out this easy guide to learn more about popular living room colors and living room furniture color schemes.

 

What Colors Make a Living Room Look Bigger?

 

Most people strive to make their living room look bigger by optimizing the furniture layout or adding mirrors to the walls. Paint and color schemes can also enhance the space to make it seem bigger than it really is. Choose light, neutral colors to create the illusion of a bigger footprint.

 

Greige

 

Greige is a very popular color at the moment because it includes traditional beiges, as well as taupes and greys. These colors are easy to match and are a timeless way to decorate a room. Choosing beige sofas and chairs and grey living room furniture gives you a chance to decorate with colorful throw pillows that really pop. However, matching grey or beige on it’s own can be difficult due to different undertones. This is where greige comes in.

Greige tones are great neutral colors that can balance out other bolder colors used throughout the room.Since greige is a safe and popular color, you can play it up by choosing to mix in interesting patterns with the rug and pillow textiles. These colors also reflect a classy look that never goes out of style but still have a modern touch. Pick very light and warm greige paint tones to stay on trend for 2019.

 

White

 

White shades for furniture give the impression of class, organization, and elegance. They are a clean, quaint, and timeless color choice. Whites are also a popular color choice because they pair well with most other colors, even brown and neutral colors.

If you’re choosing whites, you can add interest to the space with a diversity of texture and layers in your decor. They are great colors to use in your decorating scheme to balance a lot of other bold colors in a room.

 

How Do You Add Color to a Neutral Living Room?

 

Once you’ve refreshed your walls and made the space feel bigger with neutral paint, it’s time to add to the depth of the room. Add color to a neutral living room in the form of layered accessories. Throw pillows, blankets, rugs, wall art, and other decor items are your chance to get playful and bring the room’s color scheme all together.

Choose one or two accent colors that have the same undertones as your paint. For example, a cool gray room would look great with blue and green accents, while a warm beige room might look better with pink and orange accents.

 

What is the Best Paint Color For a Living Room?

 

While neutrals help to make a space feel bigger, some people prefer to have a splash of color. If you’re one of those people, you may want to choose from one of these popular living room colors to give your space a facelift.

 

Yellow

 

Yellow is a bold and bright color that speaks volumes. Yellow furniture colors display a fun and energetic style. Yellow living room furniture brightens anybody’s day and is a perfect pick-me-up for you and your guests. Yellow is a color that often pairs well with grey and purple, and can be used as a furniture accent color.

 

Navy Blue

 

Navy blue is a furniture color option that is vibrant and daring. It displays sophistication and elegance, as well as being fairly easy to keep clean. A navy blue sofa or chair creates a strong focal point for your room which allows you to keep accent colors and decorations minimal and soft.

 

Green

 

Green as a furniture color sends an air of surprise and energy. When using green as a furniture color, it’s important you use other colors that are complementary, like certain shades of blue and yellow, that won’t compete. Green can be a fairly dominating color to decorate with, but if you pair it with a neutral color like white, grey, or black, you can have the perfect color scheme.

 

Red

 

Red is a dominant and bold furniture color choice that often demonstrates confidence. When you choose to go with red, you are choosing a strong decor style that is bold and beautiful. Make sure you choose your accent colors carefully, and consider going with grey and white, so that you don’t have too many strong colors competing against each other.

 

Purple

 

Purple furniture colors encourage fun and excitement, but still offer an air of sophistication.. Purple sofas, chairs, and decor add a strong color to the room and can be the focal point of your decoration. Purple can be a fun color option to brighten up any room, but still keeps things on the classy side.

 

Black

 

Black sofas and chairs are the epitome of modern, simple design. Black is a clean cut color that is fashionable and never goes out of style. It’s the perfect backdrop for any decor and can be paired with nearly any design element or color. Black furniture is striking, bold, classy, and pairs well with almost any other color scheme you might be using in the room.

 

Tie the Look Together With Your Living Room Furniture Color

 

 

Living room furniture color schemes are an important way to tie the whole look of your room together. Don’t just settle for any sofa or chairs for your home; find the best furniture colors that are just right for your decor and style. The most popular furniture colors for 2019 range from soft pastels to bold jewel tones. Ultimately, the colors you choose should reflect your personality and bring you joy every time you look at them.

Choose from modern accent chairs or overstuffed chairs to bring in more seating and a splash of color to the space. A bright or neutral sofa can totally change the look of a room and offers a great spot to gather and make memories with those you love. Whatever direction you go in, RST Brands can give you the perfect look to complete your space.

Upcoming Grand Opening

The wait is over; RST Brands has put down roots in Salt Lake City, Utah! We’ll be celebrating the grand opening of our new showroom on Saturday, April 13th and you’re invited to join us for celebratory discounts, amazing giveaways, delicious food, and more.

Consider this your invitation to our grand opening — no RSVP required. Bookmark this page or jot down the details in your calendar so you don’t miss out on the celebration.

 

When

We’ll be kicking off our showroom opening on Saturday, April 13th, 2019. The celebration begins at 11:00am and will wrap up two hours later at 1:00pm.

You’re more than welcome to stay for the full two hours, or you can drop in for a quick peek at our collection of bedroom furniture, dining chairs, and more. With our roundup of discounts, prizes, food trucks, and special guests, we have a feeling you’re going to want to stay a while.

 

Where

Our new showroom is located at 1891 W 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84119. You’ll find us on the East side of I-15 on 2100 South (exit 15B-15C), just down the road from the Glendale Park and Golf Course. Plug our address into your GPS for a quick and easy route:

1891 W 2100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84119

If you have any trouble finding our new showroom, please don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can point you in the right direction.

 

Special Guests

We’re pleased to announce that 94.1 KODJ’s morning show, Meredith and AJ, will be joining us as our special guests for our Grand Opening. Come down, shake hands, and chat on a fine sofa or sectional.

 

Refreshments

Make sure you come hungry and bring the family for a taste of two different fan-favorite food trucks; Salty Pineapple and Donut Kabob will be on site, dishing out their unique and scrumptious creations during the event.

 

Discounts and Prizes

In honor of our grand opening, RST Brands is giving attendees a discount of 30% on new furniture (sale and clearance items excluded). If you’ve been dreaming of a new beautiful bed or wanting to dress up your living room with a stunning media console, our grand opening on April 13th is the time and place to do it.

In addition to the celebratory savings, we’ll also be giving away gift certificates and select brand name pieces from our Milo and Portofino collections. Do not forget to enter your name in our drawings for an opportunity to win any of these prizes:

  • RST Brands gift certificates ranging from $200 to $1,000
  • A stunning Portofino Comfort fire table valued at $1,500
  • Two club chairs in the color of your choosing from the Milo Espresso collection valued at $1,000

 

See You Soon

Mark our grand opening in your calendar so you don’t forget to join us for this momentous celebration. We’ll see you on Saturday, April 13th.

Small Space Design: Everything You Need To Know To Get The Most Out Of Your Interior Design

Just thinking about decorating your house is probably pretty exciting, right? Whether you’re just moving in, or have finally decided to follow through on that redecorating job you’ve been meaning to get started on the past few years, doesn’t it feel like the possibilities are endless? Well, that is until you realize you’re working with a tiny space, and perhaps an even tinier budget.

Given the current downsizing trend and the fact that a bigger home just might not be in the cards for many new homebuyers, here’s a guide to decorating for small spaces. Whether it’s just one tiny room you’re unsure what to do with, or an entire apartment, with the help of these tips and tricks, you’ll feel like you’re living big in your small space.

 

Browse a specific category by clicking on any of the quick links below:

 


Bonus:
Check out our interactive guide to view room by room furniture recommendations. See what furniture is in-style and find inspiration for your home.

 

How Do You Make the Best Small Space?

 

Given downsizing trends and the fact that a bigger home might not be in the cards for many new homebuyers, here’s a guide to small space interior design. Whether it’s just one tiny room you’re unsure what to do with, or an entire apartment, with the help of these tips and tricks, you’ll feel like you’re living big in your small space.

 

Getting Started

 

Before you start shopping for furniture or make a purchase of any kind, you need a plan.

Have you set a budget yet? It’s important to address the money aspect before you head to the store or start pinning dream rooms on Pinterest. Set a budget and stick to it—you’ll feel much more satisfied at the end of your project when your house is beautifully decorated, and you aren’t staring at a credit card bill that will take years to pay off.

 

Evaluate Your Space

 

Once a budget is set (and you’ve pinkie promised you’ll stick to it), it’s time to walk your house and evaluate your space. Measure each room you want to decorate and keep those numbers handy while you shop for furniture—the last thing you want is to find a piece you love, only to get it home and realize it’s way too big.

It’s wise at this point to at least get an idea of the purpose you want each room to serve. If you know you want your living room to be more of a social sitting area than a TV-watching space, you’ll want to make sure you choose seating that will fit your needs. It’s much easier to stick to your budget and shop with purpose when you know exactly what you’re trying to accomplish.

 

How Do You Maximize Space in a Small House?

 

Many people get it all wrong when it comes to maximizing space in a small house.

“Lots of people have the idea that they need to buy super-small furniture in a small space. I like to do the opposite. I like to normal-size furnishings that just fit within the space, maybe even push the limits just a little bit (within reason). Placing small furniture in a small space can have a dollhouse effect, making everything look diminutive. It is amazing how a room can visually expand to accommodate well-chosen contents, and you will be so much more comfortable.” – Christoper Kennedy

 

Get Painting

 

If your walls are anything but a light, neutral color right now, you may want to consider changing that. While painting each room a different color sounds fun, it will actually make your house feel smaller.

 

What Colors Make a Living Room (and Other Rooms) Look Bigger?

 

Choose a great neutral color like beige, gray, or even white and use it throughout your home to help unify the space. The darker the color, the smaller it will make your rooms feel, so choose something light, and watch your space open up.

 

What is the Most Popular Color for a House?

 

Neutral colors have long been the most popular paint color for a home, but the “it neutral” changes from year to year. Right now, gray reigns as the most popular neutral. But tides are slowly changing back to a trend of warm, pink-toned beiges in the lightest shades.

 

How Do You Make Small Rooms Look Bigger with Paint?

 

Paint the ceiling a fun color to draw the eye upward and open up the space. Another fun idea is to use wallpaper to create a beautiful constellation ceiling like this.

No matter what room you’re painting, it’s also important to think about the general color scheme of the home. Rooms will seem to flow more seamlessly if you choose a color scheme that goes together. Choose three or four colors that compliment each other and emphasize them in each room. For example, one room could have light blue walls with accents of gray, pink, and green. An adjacent room could have gray walls and incorporate accents of light blue, pink, and green, etc.

 

How Do I Maximize Space in My Home?

 

There are dozens of ways to make the most of your space, no matter the size. These principles can also be applied to larger homes to make every square inch count and to avoid clutter:

  • Create an outdoor living space to seamlessly take your home from inside to outside.
  • Take down walls to open up the space.
  • Install floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
  • Use loft bunk beds in kids rooms.
  • Create bench seating that doubles as storage.
  • Use space under the stairs for storage.

 

Master Bedroom

 

Consider using cinder blocks (or investing in a nice new frame) to raise your bed frame slightly to allow for more storage space under your bed to accommodate bins for out of season clothes, socks, paperwork, books, shoes—really anything that might be cluttering up your space. A storage headboard is an excellent way to add style and storage to your space (you can even go the DIY route).

Consider creating a modular storage system in your closet to help store and organize your clothes and personal items more efficiently. Sure, you can buy a fancy, customized closet organization system, but why not build one yourself?

 

What Colors Are Good For Small Rooms?

 

White and other light colors are commonly known as the best paint for small rooms. But you can incorporate bold colors in other ways, such as furniture and accent decor. Try a bold couch in bright green or yellow if you really want to add some personality to a small room. Or purchase brightly colored bedding for your master bedroom and throw in some fun accent pillows.

Another way to enhance a small master bedroom is by adding an accent wall. Though light colors are best overall for small space interior design, an accent wall gives you a chance to go bold. Try something bright or dark on the wall where your headboard is to amp up the design of the room.

 

How Can I Get the Most out of My Small Room?

 

Make sure your bedroom furniture fits properly in your room. A king sized bed is good in theory, but isn’t the best idea if it’s the only thing that will fit in your room. Choose a bed to fit the size of the room, and try to be realistic. Even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, you can use bright, textured pillows to decorate your space and make a statement.

You can also make the most of a small room by incorporating storage space everywhere possible. Raise the bed to use storage underneath. Add shelves to the closet to maximize out-of-sight storage. Organize shoes in a shoe rack or over-the-door organizer. Put shelves over the dresser to store books, jewelry, or anything else you want to keep in your room. You can even skip the dresser all together by adding hanging shelves in your closet.  Think out of the box, literally. Try using a larger dresser or console as a nightstand to add more storage, then place a smaller side table next to the other side of the bed.

 

Kids’ Bedroom

 

Kids’ bedrooms are meant to be fun, brightly colored, and full of youthful decorations, but working with a small room can be challenging. Use posters, pictures, and décor that gives you the most bang for your buck, but doesn’t leave the room feeling cluttered.

Bunk beds are the best option to make extra space in the room. If you must keep toys in the room, make sure they’re stored away out of sight—open boxes and cluttered shelves will make any small room feel like it’s closing in on you.

 

Office

 

Whether your office is located in your living room, jammed in the corner of your kitchen space, or a portion of one of your bedrooms, the most efficient use of space is a wall-mounted desk—think of a hideaway bed in desk form.

If you have a little more space, choose a small, streamlined desk—although something bigger could offer more workspace, it would likely just dwarf your room and look out of place. Wall-mounted shelves take up less space than bookshelves, making them a much better option.

Make your small office space more appealing by adding decorative pieces. Though the space may be limited, you’ll enjoy using your office more if you hang art pieces and add decorative items to your bookshelves.

 

Bathroom

 

You may not think you can efficiently decorate your bathroom, but there are a few tips to gain storage and make it feel bigger. To increase space and improve small space design, install a pedestal sink to make the space feel more open and skirt a decorative sheet around it to allow for extra hidden storage space.  Install a curtain rod in your shower that curves out, giving the feel of a much larger tub or shower area.

Add storage by putting an organizing shelf over the toilet. Neatly store your toilet paper and other bathroom necessities in this convenient space.

 

Living Room/Family Room

 

Here are a few of our favorite tips on how to decorate a small living room or family room space:

 

  • Use a behind-the-couch console table instead of a coffee table to save floor space.
  • Add a rug to infuse style without taking up any extra space.
  • Mount your TV to the wall to save space.
  • Purchase a storage ottoman for extra seating and hidden storage for blankets, DVDs, remotes, etc
  • Use a media console to increase storage space for books, magazines, etc.
  • Raise the height of your curtain rods to make the room feel bigger.
  • Hang shelves right below the ceiling to draw the eye upward.
  • Color code your shelves to add cohesion and make the room more organized.
  • Hang a mirror to create the illusion of space, especially if the room lacks windows.
  • Choose a unifying color scheme that flows from room to room.
  • Select furniture with exposed legs to add breathing room and minimize bulk.

 

How Can You Make the Most of My Small Living Room

 

The above small space design tips will help you make the most of a small living room. Some other principles to consider are making sure you still have plenty of seating so you can enjoy the room with guests. Even if the space is small, you want to make it functional and enjoyable to be in. Try a sectional couch to maximize space, or even purchase a bench that can be taken down and stored away when you don’t have people over.

You may also want to be selective with the fabrics you choose for curtains, couches, and rugs. Fabrics can have a subtle but big impact on the way the room feels. Choose lightweight fabrics to open up the room, such as linen or gauze for curtains. You can also choose fabrics in the same color as the wall to create a seamless look that makes the space feel bigger.

 

Kitchen

 

If you entertain often, you know what a difference an open, organized, kitchen and eating area can make. Open shelving makes even the smallest kitchen appear more spacious and eliminates the need to constantly open and close cupboard doors.  A magnetic strip is a great option to attach knives or spice containers to your wall to keep them easily accessible and free up space.

 

How Do You Maximize Space in a Small Kitchen? Plus Other Rooms

 

If you’re looking for additional ways to maximize kitchen space, we have more great tips for you. These small space design tips can be applied to any room in the house to save on space and increase functionality.

Invest in space-saving storage options like spice racks, can holders, and drawer organizers. If your pantry and drawers are messy, you’re probably wasting a lot of space. You can also stack the pantry and cabinets higher if you have expanding shelves to make the most of otherwise unused space.

Add baskets and decorative bins to countertops in the kitchen and other rooms to save on space without it look messy. You can also invest in large glass jars to store everyday kitchen ingredients like flour, sugar, and oats.

Lastly, remember to keep your kitchen clean. A clean space will feel so much better and more inviting. When you have a designated place for everything, it will be easy to stay on top of the cleanliness. So make sure your drawers are organized and everything has a home. Even taking a minute to clean the counters and windows alone will do wonders to make a small kitchen feel more open.

 

Dining Room

 

Choose a small table with a lot of character to keep your eating space stylish, yet functional. Surround your table with clear acrylic chairs to give the illusion of more space, or create a built-in banquette to eliminate the need for some seating. If possible, choose chairs for your living room that can double as extra seating for your table when you have guests over.  Benches are another good option to save on space while still allowing you to host a crowd.

 

Decorate with Purpose

 

The best small space design living ideas are the ones that infuse style into the space while helping the room function more efficiently. Make sure that the decorative elements you add in your home do not leave it looking cluttered—there’s a fine line between a well-decorated home and one that looks tacky. With the help of properly placed statement pieces and brightly colored furniture, you won’t need much more to make your home look beautiful. 

 

How Do You Make a Room Look Bigger?

 

When trying to make a room look bigger, some principles are counterintuitive. For example, most people try to place furniture right up against the wall to increase the floor space. But this can actually make the room feel more cramped. It will be a subtle feeling, but if you bring furniture a few inches away from the wall, you’ll instantly feel more relaxed. The new positioning will give your furniture room to breathe and make the room feel more spacious.

Another idea most people have when decorating is that it’s better to choose smaller decorative items if the room is small. Conversely, many interior design experts recommend choosing large statement pieces to make a room feel bigger. One rule of thumb is to never choose a decorative accent that is smaller than a cantaloupe. Otherwise, the space will feel cluttered.

Though many people also try to avoid patterns in a small space, certain patterns can make a room look bigger. Try adding stripes to draw the eye upward and open up the space. Stripes can be incorporated in wallpaper, pillows, and rugs.

 

Apartment Living

 

In addition to the above, some excellent small apartment decorating ideas include adding in a strategically placed mirror to make your space look bigger, and utilizing the natural light in your apartment. Let’s face it—apartment living isn’t always glamorous, especially when you’re renting and can’t really personalize the space.

 

How Can I Make My Room Look Cozy?

 

Though we recommend minimizing clutter in small living space, this doesn’t mean the room has to feel sterile. Make any room cozy by applying a few surefire principles.

Make a plan to enhance the lighting in your room. Whether you’re working with a bedroom, living room, kitchen, or any other space, it’s important to layer the lighting and provide options for any situation. The most cozy rooms usually have five different light sources, including accent lighting, main lighting, task lamps, etc. Add fairy lights or Christmas lights any time of year to really amp up the cozy factor.

Layers of texture are another great way to increase the coziness of a room. Lay a throw blanket over the couch or bed. Add textured throw pillows to a couch or armchair. Put down a fur rug on a hardwood floor or even layered on top of another woven rug.

Lastly, a room will feel much cozier when you add a personal touch. If your room is lacking art or photos you love, hang some in a gallery wall or above the bed. Take a trip to the antique store and choose some unique pieces to instantly make a room cozier. Plants are another great way to add interest and make a room more inviting.

 

How Do I Maximize Space in a Small Apartment?

 

When working with a small apartment, give the illusion of built-ins with the help of a few bookshelves, lay down rugs in every room, and hang curtains. All these design elements, when carefully chosen to match your own style, can open up your small apartment and make it feel like a home.

Many people try to avoid busy walls in a small apartment, but removable wallpaper can be a fun way to jazz up the space and add a unique touch. Try wallpaper in the bathroom for something that’s less of a commitment.

 

Interior Design Ideas for Small Flats

 

If you have a small flat, don’t be discouraged.

“Most of us have far too many possessions. I recently downsized slightly, to accommodate my busy work and travel schedule, and it made me really rethink everything I own. Do I love it? Does it enhance my life? Does it bring joy? If not — get rid of it! One of the tenets of modernism, to me, is surrounding ourselves with fewer things, but things that have utility and meaning.” – Christopher Kennedy

 

Tips to Remember

 

The most important thing to remember when considering all of these small space design living ideas is to keep things organized and ensure you have ample storage space. Decorating small rooms is difficult, but when done right, can take even the tiniest space and make it look bigger.

 


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