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Small Space, Big Space

A popular focus in many home & design magazines, websites and blogs is “small space living.” We’ve all seen it in print and many of us have lived it. A topic that is not discussed often enough in my opinion is “big space living.” Some of us are lucky enough to not be confined to a 500sq ft studio apartment but there seems to be very few articles on how to make a “big space” work well.

“Small space” ideas are great… But they’re often great for small spaces only. Here are a few tips to make the most out of “BIG space” living.

1. Make sense of a “room”

Whether you live in a chic downtown loft or a 3500sq ft open concept family home, think outside the box when it comes to furnishing your rooms. What the builder designed to be the dining area next to the kitchen might make more sense (and get way more use) as a seating area with comfortable sofas where your family can hang out as you prepare dinner. You might need to make a few changes to make this work (a low hanging chandelier may need to be replaced with a fixture that hangs a little closer to the ceiling.) Don’t over think these changes… Even moving that cable jack is possible with some help and the short term effort will pay off big in the long term if the space serves a better purpose for you and your family.

2. Rooms within a room

With a large, open floor plan, buying hugely oversized furniture to simply fill a space might not be the best solution. Consider all the possible purposes of a room and challenge yourself to create a space plan that creates a multi-purpose room that works. An intimate corner seating area, a smaller and more functional dining table and an exceptionally comfy sofa chaise might all fit into that one large area your kitchen opens up into. Hint: to help define these separate areas, consider using multiple area rugs.

3. Release the handcuffs!

The term “furniture on arrest” refers to furniture that is placed primarily around the perimeter of a room. While this may show off the grand scale of a room… It’s just wrong!

Pull furniture away from walls to create interest and in some cases to create a better traffic flow. Consider the back of a sofa facing a fireplace with a sideboard behind the sofa. It can work!

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