Thursday, March 22, 2012

Small Space Big Style

As you all know, we have a small home. So whenever I come across an amazing house that is small on the square footage, but big on smile I do a happy dance! Because it seems like magazines only feature large homes, I consider anything over 1600sq ft big, since ours hovers in the 1000sq ft range. I guess in the 1950's in California, they just made-em small :) But were snug and happy in our little rancher and love our big backyard, so its all good and I hate cleaning so I think the smaller space is perfect us (at this moment) I did some digging around on the on Better Homes and Gardens to find pretty small living rooms, that I like. 


What I like about this small living room: Not afraid to use color on the drapes, light blue slip covered sofa. Moldings on the doorway make the room look larger, also hanging the curtains makes the ceiling appear larger. 
{ via BHG}

What I like about this small living room: The light paint color on the walls makes the room feel larger and keeps the nice sunlight in. Large fun artwork add a nice pop. The furniture is in a tailored style, yet relaxed. The room also has a little 'office space nook area' 


What I like about this small living room: I love all the detail in this spot in the living room, pretty artwork dramatic curtains and large accessories all work well in this living room.

{via BHG}

Ooh, look casings on the doorways. I'm just a tad bit in love with casings lately since we're in the process of adding them to our home. I like the mix of traditional style with fun modern touches. 

{via BHG}

Regardless of how many sq feet your home is, its all about making the space work for your needs, that's one lesson I've learned while slowly re-doing our home inch by inch.  

In your opinion, what is more difficult to decorate a living room space or large? In my opinion, I say small :)  lol But I will say, it can be very difficult to decorate a large living room and give it a cozy lived in feeling :) 

What have you done to create a cozy & inviting living room in (be it small or big) in your home? 

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8 comments:

  1. I've actually had both a small and a large living room and I think filling up a living room with more furniture and artwork is harder.
    Once I downsized my apartment, I actually got rid of so much extra furniture and artwork. I like not having to clean and dust as much, so that's a major plus for me in smaller living.

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    1. Since we have wood floors, I swear a swiffer is always in my hand - but i'm glad there's less clean-ups to do.

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  2. This is a tough one because they both have their advantages and disadvantages. With a smaller living room you don't have as much room to put things that you might want or you might end up cluttering the room. With a larger living room it can be hard to fill up without looking awkward. You also have to be aware of the scale of the items that you are putting in there becuase you might put a lot of little things in there and it may still look empty. My current issue is trying to determine how to balance out my living room since we have more space than when we were in an apartment.

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    1. Lauren, very good points! I think with larger spaces its a good idea to 'break up' the space and create a few 'zones'

      For example the TV zone, then a reading area (with bookcases etc) to help make the space look more pleasing to the eye. And layering various furniture in a big space not all matchy matchy helps too

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  3. Those are some great examples-I love the first one. Our first home was a 3 bedroom ranch with only about 1300 square feet but I loved that little house and still miss having a home that I could clean top to bottom in just a couple of hours.

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  4. I lived in apartments for a very long time and I appreciate the space of a larger living area so that I can either decorate or not and still love the space just as much. I do however find some rooms are wasted space and I never had that in my apartments!

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  5. We changed our living room around to make it more inviting. (Our home is a little under 1,000 square feet)

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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    1. High Five to another small house dweller!

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Best, Katrina

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