A Design Driven Life – By Sam
Thanks to some of my Facebook friends, I will be starting a series of “small space” design tips. Seeing that most of my friends are young, early to mid 20’s, we haven’t hit that “big house” status yet. So some of us are still living in college style dorms, apartments or Mom’s basement. The other dilemma that 20 somethings are also facing is the lack funds! Since I too face all of these issues, I want to help with cool design suggestions that can help anyone design for their small space and not break the bank.
This week I’m going to start tackling the living room. I think that most of us can agree that this is one of the most important spaces since this is where all of our company will be hanging out. I figured the best way to explain one way of tackling a living room would be to lead by example. The picture on the far left is a great example of a well decorated small living room. So lets break it down…
For starters, this small space does not follow the traditional “furniture sets” way of thinking. So theres no sofa, love seat and matching chair, theres no way that scenario could fit in most small living rooms and if you did put it in there, it makes your space look crowded and smaller! So here we have a love seat paired with a single upholstered chair, a comfortable fit and a nice look. They have added in two bunching tables that seem like they could double as benches (extra seating bonus! Stay tuned for more ideas like this one). As for the two side tables, they have the purpose of adding more furniture, but also being functional. They chose smaller and visually lighter looking pieces, to keep with the theme of making the space appear larger. The area rug helps to ground the small living room setting and giving you a pop from the floor. By choosing neutral colored furniture this allows you to add in colorful through pillows that help to create effortless style. Texture is also something that you should strive for when trying to achieve a good design, whether its visual,through patterned fabrics or touchable in the rug. As you can see, there doesn’t seem to be much wall space, so they thoughtfully used beautifully framed mirrors that create the timeless illusion of a larger space. Another tip when arranging your furniture, you should try not to focus on all furniture on the TV, it limits your possibilities, think in good conversation arrangements and good design will follow.
As you can see, I’ve plotted out a few pieces to help you break down and achieve this look, oh and the even better part, its the same look only for less!
White Love Seat $399– Ikea
Wicker Arm Chair $219 – Pier One
Tray Top White Side Table $99- World Market
White Side Table $25- WalMart
Solid Throw Pillows $9.99- World Market
Patterned Throw Pillow $16.99- World Market
White and Gray Area Rug 6’5” X 4’4” $19.99- Ikea
Starburst Mirror $19.99- Ikea