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Top Living Room Furniture Trends in 2017

In 2017, we’ve seen many of the past trends being abandoned to create a more functional space. Today, many people are wanting to design a space which speaks to their individualism. A space where they can showcase fine, hand-crafted pieces over self-assembled manufactured pieces.

As you design your own living space which fits your style and needs, here are some home decor ideas for your living room furniture.

The Rise of Green

Greens in all shades and tones are making big waves in interior design, especially as accent walls and pieces. Modern chairs, especially as accent chairs, in a rich emerald green add a pop of color and contrast, instantly bringing your decor up-to date. Neutral colors seem to be here to stay, especially grays and whites, which provide a perfect background for a pop of green. Dark green sectionals layered with softer green pillows, or a dark green accent wall adorned with various shades of green incorporated into artwork indicate a living room updated with the current trends.

Tile

A shift in the style of tile used for flooring and walls has been seen in 2017, with subway tiles being outed as terracotta tile makes big waves. A mid-century modern living room would be current and on-trend with the incorporation of a terracotta tile entryway with a matte finish to avoid the tacky-ness associated with some of the 1970 designs, while still achieving the warmth and charm of the mid-century design era. Wood tile is also trending this year, with geometric designs being favored in lieu of standard arrangements. Stained and treated cement tiles are also being seen, especially in sun rooms that function as living rooms.

Individual Spaces

The open floor plan that has been so widely favored is being replaced by the return of distinct, individual rooms. While inviting and conducive to a night of entertaining, open floor plans allow for the diffusion of smells to areas where food and eating isn’t welcome, and lack adequate noise barriers allowing for more intimate conversations. These factors have initiated the return of closed floor plans with designated rooms and spaces. Living room furniture trends favoring this layout include deep sectionals and sofas, tufted arm chairs, ottomans and coffee tables, and throw blankets that encouraging a sense of retreat, comfort, and tranquility.

Handcrafted Furniture

The appreciation of fine craftsmanship and owning a piece of furniture completely unique from the next is a huge trend in 2017. Seeing furniture as an investment, especially with an understanding the types of trends and pieces that have remained timeless, has created living room designs full of character and quality. This also eliminates the need for transitional pieces, while accent designs can be updated as trends continue to change. Solid wood, durable metals and attention to detail indicate artisanship that should be welcomed into a 2017 living room design.

Metals and Textures

Soft, pastel colors are being ousted by bright, shiny metallics. In artwork and furniture, accent pieces and complementary decor, metal trim is bringing some sparkle and character to your living room in a romantic and classic way. Gold metallic trimming on coffee tables adds a contrast of color and texture also trending this year. Contrasting textures add depth and dimension to your living room, and the combination of linen sofas with leather armchairs, gold trim on wood coffee tables, and complementary colors will complete a trend update on your living room.

As you design or redesign your living room, keep these current trends in mind to create a space aesthetically pleasing, comfortable, and welcoming to guests.

5 Modern Arm Chairs & Living Room Furniture Design Tips

 

Several concepts from interior and furniture design should be considered when trying to accomplish a certain look or style in a room. Whether you’re trying to pull off a contemporary style in your living room, a traditional style for your bedroom, or any other design of your preference, choosing the right furniture pieces to pull it all together can be an overwhelming process full of seemingly endless choices.

After all, it is quite frequently the attention to the details that gives a room its polished, defining look. To this end, follow these tips to help you choose the perfect accent chair for your living room.

1. Consider your focal point

When you first enter a room, what is the first thing you see? Adjacent to the entryway is the focal point of the room, so it’s important to ensure adequate thought and attention is paid to this space. In a living room, the focal point may be a fireplace, large piece of art, or sectional sofa. Choose an accent chair with its own unique details that also contributes to the beauty and personality of the focal point—a tufted arm chair, for example—which also contributes to the overall atmosphere of the room.

2. Define the room’s purpose

What do you see yourself and your guests doing in your living room? If conversation and entertainment is the goal, consider an accent chair with an ottoman that encourages conversation and engagement. If relaxation is the goal, perhaps choose a wingback arm chair that entraps heat from the fireplace and surrounds its occupant in comfort.

3. Follow a color scheme

As you select furniture and accent pieces, it’s important to follow a color scheme that compliments the purpose of the room and is attractive to you. Remember, you will be in the room more than anyone else, so while it is important to appeal to aesthetics it is equally important to adhere to personal tastes and preferences. A current trend is to follow a neutral color scheme, one with whites, beiges, and subtle pops of brighter colors, or perhaps a gray palette of various shades accentuated by a linen arm chair.  

4. Mix and match textures

Complementary textures and colors are ideal, even if they are mixed and matched. For example, add dimension to your room by selecting a modern arm chair with a deep seat and luxe material to complement sofa of a similar color but more durable material. Similarly, add an accent coffee table to break up the monotony of the soft textiles with the presence of wood or metal. This creates an aspect of congeniality that invites conversation and promotes relaxation.

5. Consider transitional pieces

As time passes, your taste and preferences may change slightly. New colors may become attractive to you and new priorities may encourage rearranging or going for a new look altogether. As you choose your furniture, consider choosing a few transitional pieces that stand the test of time, providing relaxation as well as sophistication to always suit your needs.

By adhering to a few simple rules of living room furniture design, you can choose the perfect arm chair that will add the finishing touch to the look of your room and create an inviting space in which to live and entertain.

7 Tips to Choose the Best Furniture for Your Living Room

 

Picking out the best furniture for your living room isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Whether you’re trying to choose living room furniture for small spaces or large ones, here are 7 tips to help you get started.

1. Consider the Space

Before heading out to do some shopping (because, let’s face it, that’s the best part of this process), you need to take a moment to consider your space. Have you given thought to what purpose you want your living room to serve? A sitting area? A gathering place? A combination of functions? Once you determine the purpose, finding furniture is much easier.

2. Keep Style in Mind

Interior designer or not, you have your own style. You may love contemporary styles or maybe you’re loyal to the classics. Whatever your style may be it dictates the pieces you choose to fill your home—make sure you stick with that style to maintain the flow of your house. Do you have a specific living room theme you’d like to keep with? Make an idea board with items that fit within your personal style, and use that to help keep you on track when purchasing furniture.

3. Measure the Room

Living room layout is key in helping determine the pieces of furniture you should choose for your space. Are you working with one giant room or perhaps a space that’s broken up a bit, or even an unconventional shape? Measure the space and keep those measurements handy to make sure you choose pieces that will fit in your space and not overwhelm it.

4. Stick with the Basics

Before you go crazy buying decor and pieces to fill your space, make sure you have accounted for the basics, like a couch, maybe a few sitting chairs, and a coffee table. Make a plan and make sure your room has the necessary furniture to allow it to function properly and serve the purpose you determined earlier.

5. Create a Focal Point

Every room needs a focal point, and your living room is no different. Even if you’re looking for living room furniture for small spaces, make sure you pick one piece to be the clear focus of the room, and organize everything else around that. Think a really nice couch, a set of patterned sitting chairs, or a really great bookcase. Finding the focal piece can help you build a theme and design for the entire room.

6. Don’t Forget Comfort

It’s easy to get caught up in creating a Pinterest-worthy space, but don’t forget to keep comfort in mind when choosing pieces for your living room, especially if you intend to spend a lot of time there. If buying online, it is a good idea to request fabric samples, so you can select an upholstery that you will be comfortable with. Also, consider the density of the cushions to assure you will enjoy sitting on your new furniture.

7. Don’t Crowd the Room

When choosing furniture pieces for your living room, don’t forget that less is more. Overcrowding your space makes it look cluttered and can make it difficult for visitors to identify the purpose or focal point of the room. Keep with the living room essentials and choose only chairs and sofa styles that fit within the space to keep the room feeling fresh, clean, and airy.

Worry No More

You no longer have any reason to fret over choosing furniture for your living room. Rely on these 7 simple tips to help you through the process, and you’ll come out with pieces you’ll love.

Camp Kostopulos & RST Brands Come Together To Celebrate Camp K’s 50th Year

Camp Kostopulos is celebrating their 50th anniversary. In honor of this milestone, RST Brands donated their indoor furniture collections and other furniture pieces to the camp for their campers to enjoy.

Since 1967, the Kostopulos Dream Foundation has been “improving the lives of people of all abilities through education, recreation, and growth opportunities.” Via a collection of activities and services, Camp K has helped countless individuals with disabilities to gain self-confidence, learn life skills, and have fun at the same time.

Founded by Dan and Helen Kostopulos, Camp K sits on 25 acres of Emigration Canyon, less than 3 miles outside of Salt Lake City. Originally just a summer camp, Camp K has grown to include so much more.

Camp K’s summer camps are still their most popular activities, but they also have partner day camps, where attendees with disabilities share the facilities with campers without disabilities, helping both learn how to interact and help each other. Another prominent feature of Camp K’s activities are the equestrian programs, which include both group and private lessons. Camp K also (among other activities) holds a number of community-based programs, specialty programs, and team building activities, as well as offering reservations for private functions.

Though many of their activities appeal to the community generally, Camp K’s real passion is helping those with cognitive or physical disabilities. Camp K believes that helping those with differing abilities is important, and tailors many of their activities to helping such individuals have a fun and rewarding experience.

How You Can Help

While donations (cash or otherwise) are welcome, and they help Camp K to do more for more people, they’re not the only way to get involved. Volunteering to help with the camp for special events is a great way to help out and give back to those who need it most.

Whether helping mentor someone in need at an activity, or getting your hands dirty and helping with more manual tasks, there’s something to do for everyone who wants to help. For those who want to make helping others part of their everyday lives, Camp K has employment opportunities.

So join with us, and help Camp K help others find the confidence to succeed in life.

Room Design Ideas That Give Your Home A Fresh Feel

 

Feng shui: the Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing your spatial arrangement and orientation to better the flow of positive energy.

You probably are familiar with this term. You may have even considered implementing feng shui in your home or have previously tried to use it in your room design ideas. Regardless, there is no denying that feng shui is an art that takes knowledge, practice, and skill to master.

Fortunately, there is a simple, easy way that you can start your path toward feng shui success: rearranging your furniture. Not only is rearranging furniture one of the most affordable, effective ways to give your home’s  interior a fresh, new look, but it’s also a chance to experiment with different living room layouts to find a design that works best for your wants and needs.  

The following five tips can better assist you in arranging furniture, and identifying details that can give your living room and other spaces a refreshed, spirited feel so you can master the art of feng shui.

1. Clear clutter

Before you can even start effectively rearranging your furniture, you’ll have to purge the clutter that’s causing disorder in your home. If your objective is to give your living room interior a quick facelift, go around the space and, with a critical eye, methodically get rid of everything you do not love. Though this process takes time and energy, it is a critical step if you really want to give your room a fresh, harmonized feel.

2. Make a floor plan

You don’t need to be a professional or know how to design a blueprint to draw up a floor plan. First, take inventory of each piece of furniture in your living room, making note of the size, color, and style. Not only will this help you identify which of your current items fit your design plan, but it will also help you decide which pieces of furniture no longer suit your wants and needs.

Second, keep a pocket-sized notebook with color swatches, furniture styles, and measurements with you as you shop for new items. Whether you’re looking for a new sofa or sectional to freshen up your space or a unique bookshelf for organization, having a detailed floor plan will better help you bring your room design ideas to life.

3. Switch it up

Switching up your normal, regular style is a quick and effective way to give your living room a fresh look. One particularly interesting approach is to put out-of-the-ordinary pieces behind your couch. Consider these five unconventional ideas:

  • Shelving: Both wall-mounted and freestanding shelves help to create a unique, dramatic look.
  • Nook: Create a little reading nook or breakfast nook behind your couch by adding a fun set of high-quality chairs and stylish coffee table.
  • Desk: Make the backside of your couch a workspace by adding a conventional desk, chair, and work lamp.
  • Storage: The sofa is a great resource for providing sleek storage.
  • Design: If you have the space and your floor plan allows, consider investing in a couch that has a unique back. Look for sofas with fun tassels, a bold print, or showstopping design.

4. Don’t be afraid of change

One of the biggest things that holds people back from rearranging furniture is the fear of change. However, by starting small—maybe with a sitting room, guest room, or office—you can see how a simple rearrangement adds flair to a space that was previously getting dull. You can also start by removing one or two pieces of furniture to test the possibilities. Remember, too, that no change has to be permanent. If you don’t like your new design, you can always try a different approach.

5. Have fun

Having fun and enjoying bringing new life to your space is one of the most important steps in rearranging furniture. Try different arrangements, change up your color scheme, and add fun decor or accessories to make your living room and your home a welcoming, enjoyable space that reflects your style and character.

Create a Home Away from Home with Your Guest Room Design

 

It’s easy to miss the comforts of home when traveling—particularly when accommodations are anything but comfortable. When you play host, take a moment to ensure your guests feel right at home by creating a warm and welcoming space. With a little extra effort in your guest room design, you can arrange a wonderful, cozy space for your friends, family, and other guests enjoy during their stay in your home.

 

The Bedroom

When it comes to the guest room, the bed can make or break the room. No amount of decorations or amenities can make up for uncomfortable sleeping accommodations. Of course, no two people are alike, and most guests will have their own preferences for bed firmness, temperature, and so on.

It’s best to pick a high-quality mattress which is neither particularly firm or soft. Instead, choose a medium-firm mattress (paired with a softer mattress topper guests can use if they’d like) which allows your guests the luxury of a choice between the two options.

Remember to cover the bed with high-thread-count sheets to maximize the comfort level. Cotton sheets paired with a cotton coverlet and a down duvet allow your guests to adjust according to their temperature preferences. It’s always a good idea to provide a couple of additional blankets in a basket or an easy, accessible drawer just in case they need some extra warmth.

Top it all off with an assortment of pillows (functional and decorative) to accommodate your guests and pull together the guest bedroom design. Some of your guests will like flat, firm pillows, and others will prefer soft, fluffy pillows.

 

Bookshelves

Provide your guest with a selection of books for them to check out to help them unwind before bed or to enjoy whiling relaxing during the morning or afternoon. As you build your guest library, try to feature a wide variety of books and authors to match your guests’ varied interests.

Even if your collection isn’t especially large, bookshelves are a great way to tie a room together with pictures and decor adorning the shelves. Our modern wall bookshelves provide a stylish way to house your book collection, decor, or whatever else you’d like to display.

 

Sitting Area

A guest bedroom should be more than a bed, nightstand, and alarm clock. Ideally, your guests will be able to use the room as their own private home away from home and will enjoy the option of some alone time beyond sleeping hours.

A proper sitting area will allow your guests to rest and relax somewhere other than the bed. Pick a high-quality arm chair such as the Astra Arm Chair or the Victoria Wingback to create a relaxing space for your guests to read, respond to their emails, or simply rest throughout the day.

Consider investing in a side or accent table to go in the sitting area for added convenience. To avoid water stains from cups, either provide coasters or choose a table with a glass top.

 

Lighting

Proper lighting can enhance or ruin your guest bedroom design. If your guest room is an area where natural light can come in, you might consider hanging blackout curtains over the windows in guest rooms. This could be especially helpful if the room faces a busy street or the rising sun. During the day, your guests can let in as much light as they’d like. At night, they can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep without interruption from an early sunrise.

In your own home, you might be able to walk around with your eyes closed without running into anything. Your guests will not likely share that level of familiarity with your home. Guest rooms can benefit from sconces or lamps near the bed so your visitors won’t have to fumble around a dark room after shutting off a light. Localized lighting is also often less harsh than overhead lighting.

Be sure to also check out our outdoor furniture collections to create a relaxing outdoor space to relax and entertain guests while they are staying at your home.

Cool Room Ideas: Freshen Up that Stale Room In Your Home

 

Science has repeatedly shown that keeping your home clean is beneficial to your health in many ways: you sleep better, you feel happier, you’re more likely to exercise, and it boosts your feeling of accomplishment.

But for some of us, the thought of keeping our home clean evokes long-buried feelings of resentment and rebellion surrounding undesirable chores of childhood. “Clean your room before you go outside!” – Bring back any memories? So how can you make the thought of keeping your home tidy more appealing?

The answer: make it a space you love! It’s time for a home makeover. If you love how it looks when it’s put together, you’ll be more motivated to keep it that way. So here are some easy ways to update your home and turn your rooms into a place you’ll want to entertain.

Add Some Color

Keep your walls and larger furniture pieces in neutral, nondescript colors and include pops of color to make the room stand out. This also makes it easy to swap out whatever color you pick for some new hues if you get bored with it. Choose a couple of colors you love and show them off in vibrant accent pieces, artwork, throw pillows, and blankets. If you need help deciding on which colors to use, take a hint from your wardrobe.

You will probably see a trend in the colors you tend to gravitate towards and wear the most – it’s what you feel the most comfortable in. So, dress your room in the same way. If you feel your best in deep jewel tones, feature some artwork with bold plum or emerald. If you feel your best in bright, spring-time hues, look for citrusy throw pillows and decorative accents.

Set the Tone with Accent Pillows and Window Treatments

They’ve been mentioned above, but the versatility of accent pillows can’t be overstated – especially in the bedroom where the bed draws the most attention. They let you quickly change the personality and overall feel of your bedroom by adding volume to your bed, variations in texture, and pops of color.

Window treatments also play into this because of their large size, and because they are framing a light source they naturally draw the eye. Incorporate them into the color scheme that you’ve chosen from your room. Go with gauzy, flowy curtains for a light, airy feel. Use patterned curtains for an informal look, and blinds if modern is more your style.

Incorporate Personalized Artwork

Your home is a personal spot – which makes it ideal for displaying personal photos. Surround yourself with images of people and pets you love. Determine a hanging layout by tracing the frames you intend to use onto paper, cutting out the shapes, and arranging them in different ways until you find one that works. You can also look up common gallery wall configurations online.

Move Things Around

This is quite effective for making your room feel like a whole new place, and the best part is that rearranging furniture costs nothing but can give your large or small design space a different feel. For a funky new arrangement, try angling your furniture from a corner instead of the typical wall placement.

Mix Up the Textures

Sight isn’t the only sense that plays into a feeling of comfort – touch is important too. It’s an easy fix also – swap out a furry accent pillow from winter for a linen one when the weather warms up. Consider your tastes and the style you want to convey when choosing textures. If your bedroom has a modern feel, look for smooth, crisp lines like leather and stainless steel. If it’s more of a romantic vibe, consider velvet or furred throw pillows, embroidery, and lace.

10 Ways to Upgrade Your Living Room

Is your living room a combination of mended pieces passed down from your parents or leftovers from your college days? If so, it may be time to reconsider a makeover. Kick that hand-me-down, brown and orange floral print couch to the curb and re-design your perfect living space to match your trendy, adult tastes with these living room ideas.

 

1. Identify Purpose

Identify the purpose of your living room space. Do you intend to host multiple guests? Additional comfortable seating is a must. Do the kids mostly use this area? Choose furniture pieces that are safe and sturdy. Deciding how you want to use this space will help you make specific transformations to fit the needs of your family.

 

2. Lighten Up

Remove dark paneling, paint, and trim to lighten and open up the room. Darkness can cause your living room to seem small and dingy. Painting over dark surfaces or removing dark fixtures not only make your room seem bigger, but can create an airy freshness to the environment.

 

3. Organize Seating

Draw seating closer together to make the room warmer. For small living room ideas, ditch the bulky loveseat and choose an L-shaped couch for ample seating. Add a streamlined accent chair and lightweight coffee table to increase functionality while using minimal floor space.

 

4. Update

Updating decor and furniture can be a great way to transform your living space. Select some modern furniture and pair it with funky fixtures for a more urban look. Tear down or replace old wallpaper with a more contemporary patterned wallpaper. Coffered ceiling treatments can offer a blend of old sophistication and modern design. Make old sofas look brand new with fresh linen covers.

 

5. Pair Colors

The quickest way to revamp your living room is with a splash of color. Experiment with color palettes that bring in a mix of shades that can be paired with your furniture and accessories. Deep wall colors can be accented with lighter solids and bright patterns. Can’t paint? Keep your walls tepid and spice up the room with daring furniture color choices.

 

6. Embrace Art

Spruce up your walls with interesting art. Turn simple things like game boards and old maps into works of art when framing them on your wall. Make your own art by turning a wall in your home into a chalkboard or dry-erase board for guests to contribute to your design.

 

7. Add Statement Pieces

Make a focal wall with reclaimed wood for a rugged, trendy look. Don’t overload bookcases; use them to display various statement pieces. Installing vintage fixtures like Edison lighting can create a hip, industrial type feeling to your living room.

 

8. Accessorize

Accessorize with stylish and frugal home decor ideas like refurbishing antiques or sprucing up dollar store finds. Cover naked windows with treatments and curtains containing bold patterns. Decorative mirrors do double duty by being beautiful art pieces while making small spaces look larger. Add funky throws and pillows to bland couches to maximize style without sacrificing comfort.

 

9. Don’t Forget Floors

Save money and add charm by refinishing hardwood floors. Replace tattered and stained carpet with an alternative flooring like bamboo, concrete, cork, or wood-look tile to create a clean surface. Moroccan Berber rugs and rugs with geometric designs can add a lot of depth to your living room area.

 

10. Go Techy

A modern transformation is not complete without technology upgrades. Improve your living room’s look and efficiency with smart solutions like remote control shades, intelligent thermostats, and app-controlled lighting and appliances. Improve air quality and grow your own herbs with a Smartpot.

Donate your old dorm furniture to a new college student, and redo your living room with stylish pieces for an updated trendy look.

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.

 

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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.

“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.

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 is, the smaller it will make your rooms feel, so choose something light, and watch your space open up.

 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?

Also, 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. 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.  

 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.

 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.

 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.

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.

 

 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.

 

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.

 

 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.

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.

“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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