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Think Small, Look Big

There are a number of reasons people live in small homes or have small rooms. For some it’s a matter of what they can afford, for others it’s easier to maintain, and for still others it’s simply an aesthetic choice. Regardless of the reason, people living in small space have to make compromises when it comes to furnishings, decorating, and organizing.

If you’re looking to make those small spaces look bigger, then consider the following tips!

 

Airy, Light Fabrics

Sheer fabrics allow light to pass through window treatments, bed skirts, table covers, and furniture slipcovers. If you want something other than plain colors, find soft floral vines or simple stripes to keep the look simple.

 

Chooser Soft, Light Hues

Whereas dark, warm colors make a space feel cozy and intimate, light, cool colors make a space feel open and airy. For optimum effect, select soft tones of blues and greens.

 

Clear Out the Clutter

There’s nothing that makes a small space feel cramped more than having too much stuff. Work out ways to get collections out of view, organized behind doors, table skirts, or on shelves. With things neatly arranged and out of sight, the space that is in view will feel orderly and open.

 

Coordinate Wall and Furniture Colors

Contrasting colors tend to break up a space. Pieces of furniture are less interrupting and tend to blend with the space if they’re colored to match the wall color.

 

Keep the Upholstery Plain

Select plain colored upholstery for furniture instead of bold plaids, stripes, or prints. Use texture for interest and stick to neutral tones if you can. Visit our England Furniture catalog to see our wide selection of fabrics.

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Use a Monochromatic Color Scheme

Choose colors that are in the same color family and use tone-on-tone woven upholstery fabrics, textured wall finishes, delicate tonal drapery fabrics. Cool colors and delicate warm colors on most surfaces give the room a more open look.

 

Open the Way

With furniture and accessories blocking the view into a room and out to open spaces, a room will look cramped. By moving furniture out and away from walkways, you’ll open up the space and make it feel larger. You can also choose short pieces of furniture like an ottoman, an armless, open chair, or a low table, and place large, tall pieces along a wall rather than out in the open space.

 

Believe It or Not, Bigger Is Better!

Use a few large, simple pieces of furniture or accessories in place of several smaller pieces which would make a small space look cluttered. With open space and large blocks of color, the room will appear to be more calm and comfortable.

 

See-Through Space

By using materials that you can see through, anything beyond will appear farther away. For a tiny bathroom, I got rid of an opaque glass shower enclosure and substituted a clear, frameless one. The room is the same size looks bigger. Now we can see all the way (an extra 3 feet) to the wall at the back of the shower.

 

Let in the Light

Any room will look larger if it’s well-lit, either by natural light or artificial lighting. Get rid of heavy draperies and open up the windows to let the light of the outdoors into the space. Add more lamps or install track lighting or recessed lighting.

 

Reflective Surfaces

You might not like the look of a mirrored wall, but you have to admit that it always makes a room look larger. Instead, use a large framed mirror on a wall or stand an over-sized framed mirror against a wall. You’ll get the same room-enlarging effect as a mirrored wall, but with more style.

 

England Furniture Reviews Home Design and the Changing of Seasons

Changing your room décor for the changing seasons is both fun and inspiration. Winter is a time for warm colors and soft, fluffy fabrics. In summer, a cool, airy look is appealing. Below are some tips for changing your look according to the seasons.

  • Have your draperies made so they are reversible allowing you to easily turn them from lively to neutral with the seasonal changes.
  • Changing with the seasons gives you an opportunity to get out some long-lost pieces and make them the center of attention for a while.
  • Floral arrangements of pine and holiday colors can be changed for light, colorful ones for the spring and summer. Put away dark brass or pottery containers and bring out clear glass or crystal vases.
  • Be sure to put garden magazines and flower books out on the coffee table in the spring and summer. That will help bring the outside in and add color to your interior.
  • Keep spring and summer colors and accessories light, both in feel and color.

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  • Remove the toasty down-filled duvet from your bed in the spring and substitute a light cotton matelassé bed cover or a simple cotton blanket.
  • If you have a collection of plates on display, put classic holiday designs away for the winter and replace with pretty floral china from grandma.
  • Change dark-patterned decorative pillows by covering them with fresh, floral prints or plaids for warmer weather. Either change out the pillows with a second set or alternate the decorative covers.
  • If winter seems especially long, forget the calendar and get your spring things out even if there’s snow on the ground. You may still need the warm blankets, but the look can be
  • When the cold weather arrives, have a collection of cozy, fluffy throws to place on your furniture for snuggling. Remove them or replace with soft cotton or silk throws for warmer months.

Summer Living Room Make Over

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Summer has arrived and it’s time for a change! What better way to embrace change than by redecorating your living room? Get your summer “main attraction” ready with a few subtle alterations.

Summer is a time for fun, the sun, and bright colors. Coming in from the warm weather to a deep-colored living room can sometimes be a drag. Don’t worry; there are some ways to spruce up your living space. One small thing you can do to bring some color into your home is to change your accent rugs. Get a beautiful new rug with some bright blues, yellow, and reds to give you home a summer vibe.

Another way to add a subtle change is a bright colored ottoman. The misconception is that the ottoman has to match the sofa, which is not always true. Ottomans can be used to add a hint of color to your living room. You can also add bright pillows to you sofa for some much-needed color.

 

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Table runners, flowers, candles, and centerpieces can also add brightness to a room. Visit England Furniture and let us help you to find the perfect pieces for that fun summer makeover.

England Furniture Reviews Some Furniture Arrangement Tips

england-furniture-arrangement-01BWhen it comes to arranging furniture there are many ways one can precede. That does not mean, however, that one can’t make some mistakes. While experts agree that the surest way to create a flawless room is through trial and error, there are a few rules you should keep in mind. Consider the following:

1. Hang Paintings or Mirrors in Relation to the Rest of the Furniture
Paintings or mirrors should ground everything around it. Don’t hang them too high. Typically place them around 24 to 36 inches above a piece of furniture, although that rule vary a bit depending on the height of the artwork or mirror itself.

2. Light Your Room Entirely
Lighting is one of the most essential elements in any space. Spread your light sources around a space and make sure every part of the room gets lit. If, for example, you have a lamp next to your bed, place two more strategically in the room to create a triangle of light.

3. The Coffee Table Should Be Big
Large coffee table, as with rugs, can help to expand and connect a room and an big coffee table contributes more to a room in terms of both aesthetics and function and aesthetics. The coffee table should be placed around 12 to 24 inches away from your sofa.

4. Go Big and Under with Area Rugs
Small rugs make a small room even smaller and they make a large room look disconnected. Your rugs look better when they’re bigger and all the furniture is on them. Place your rug underneath at least the first set of legs of your bed – or under your couch and chairs – to create a cohesive look.

5. The Higher the Curtains, the Better
Go high with your curtains! In many cases it’s best to hang them from the ceilings to the floors. This will make your ceilings appear a lot higher and it expands the room.” Curtains that are too small come off like an afterthought.