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Making The Most Of Your Small Living Room

Small living has become very popular over the years, there are even TV shows dedicated to tiny living.  Home is a calm sanctuary and a place to feel secure and protected.  We will walk you through how making the most of your small living room can create a calming space for you to unwind.

Small living rooms can look seriously stylish when you decorate well.  You don’t need to compromise on taste just because there is less space to work with.  Follow these decorating tips if you are looking for small living room ideas.

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Create a Focal Point

Assess what your rooms assets are and make those the focal point.  If it’s got great light, play that up with lighter colours to create a sense of expansiveness; if it has a stunning fireplace, draw attention to the fireplace.  This space in my clients home has amazing windows which I played up by drawing attention with a statement chandelier and light colours.

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Place Furniture Away From Walls

Place furniture away from the walls to add not only more walking space but also help give the illusion of a more roomy living room.  Adding low sofas, chairs and tables will help add to a more spacious looking room.  This is a great example from our clients small Toorak apartment

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Multi-use Furniture

In a small living room, multi-use furniture is key.  The more uses each piece of furniture can serve, the better.  Place a tray on an ottoman to turn it into a table when you aren’t using it as a seat.  Use a console as a desk.  Stylish seating can be placed beneath it to free up space.  It will work as a stylish place to stash your keys and a perfect place to sit and get work done.  Image from here

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Consider your Furniture

Less furniture is best when you have a small living room.  Instead, choose a sofa that’s proportional to the size of the space, and if you’re still in need of more seating, use stools.  Stools take up far less room than bulky armchairs, and can be easily moved around the space.  Look for stowaway furniture, such as cube stools (pictured) that can be tucked under a coffee table or into a corner when you don’t need them.

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Play With Scale

Don’t be afraid of making a big statement in a small space.  You don’t want to clutter your space but a well curated collection can create lots of drama.  We love how the over-the-top, formal chandelier in this space creates contrast and intrigue. 

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Free up Floor Space

Think furniture that takes up minimal space.  Create your own media centre.  A wall-mounted TV is always going to be the best option for small living rooms.  Floating shelves above and/or below the TV will allow for storage without taking up too much needed space. Utilise every inch of space by adding extra storage for items such as  drawer units or storage stools to make a difference as well. Image from here

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Wall Colour/Wallpaper

One of the most popular small living room ideas is the use of neutral colours throughout.  A palette of off-whites or beiges will expand the look of the space.  If the white-wash look isn’t your thing, add pops of colour through furnishings, accessories, and artwork.  If you can’t live without colour, you aren’t out of luck.  Dark bold colours in a small space can make a huge statement when done right.  This living room is a perfect example of dramatic dark colour that doesn’t close the space in.  The use of mirrors also opens up the space. 

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Take Advantage of High Ceilings

High ceilings can help make a small space feel large.  To take advantage of vertical space, accentuate tall windows with high curtains and a bold wallpaper.  When curtains are hung right they add height to a small room.  Keep the curtain design simple but use extra fabric for fullness. Image from here.

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Incorporate Mirrors

Mirrors are one of the best ways to make your tiny space feel open and airy.   Choose Glass Or Mirrored Furniture.  Use reflective surfaces to your advantage.  Hang large mirrors on the walls, ideally opposite a window or door to reflect the light.  A living room will feel brighter and bigger with the correct use of mirrors, reflecting all light available in the room.  The statement mirror in my clients living room creates the feeling of an extra window, creating an illusion of more space. 

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Accessorise Accordingly

A few well-chosen accessories can complete the look and create a luxurious finish.  Invest in some metallic photo frames or a designer candle votive and the whole room will look high-end.  If you like more items and less of a minimalist look, group like items together to make the accessories more cohesive and less like clutter.  The metallic details in my own home add a high-end look to my living room. 

Some of my favourite projects have been designing small spaces to suit the needs of my clients, for assistance on making your small space work for you while looking chic contact me here.

Inside Meghan Markle’s former L.A. home

Meghan Markle is now best known around the world as the Duchess of Sussex, residing in Frogmore Cottage with her husband Prince Harry.

Before she became a Duchess she was living in L.A. and staring in well known TV dramas, best known for her role on Suits.

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex start their journey as a “financially independent” couple splitting their time between North America and the UK we take a look inside Meghan Markle’s former L.A. home.

The home was recently listed at $1.8 million USD and has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

I’m sure we are all wondering what their new home in Canada will look like.

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Best Interior Design Trends in 2020

We have been researching the best interior design trends in 2020 and have come up with a great list to get your 2020 design inspiration going. A new decade means new trends. Join us as we take a look at what stands the test of time, what is old and out, and what is brand new in the design world.

Screen Shot 2020-01-19 at 10.06.21 pmOut: Rose gold and muted pink / grey, monochrome and white washed.

The last decade saw a lot of monochrome, grey and rose gold kept popping up everywhere. Let’s move on…

In: Warm natural tones and wood.

For 2020, we are embracing more natural tones. According to Vogue, “…warm colors and woods will be the palette du jour.” Another article from Homes to love states, “Natural patterning and earthy finishes will be everywhere this year…”


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It is easy to go to a big box furniture store and pick up a cheap mass manufactured piece, but with more people focusing on sustainability and the environment, it is a trend of the past.

In: Reused and recycled solid furniture pieces. Vogue calls it “…eco-conscious chic…”

Shopping second hand for solid pieces that may need some love but still have lots of life in them is on trend for 2020. Or investing in a more expensive option that will stand the test of time.

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Out: Showroom homes, and items just for show.

Overly staged homes where people enter and don’t want to sit on the furniture are not inviting and on the way out.

In: Lived in spaces and carefully thought out accessories.

A trend we have seen pop up in multiple places for 2020 is getting rid of items that are just for show and introducing a purpose into each item in your home. Think Marie Kondo for your home, does it bring you joy?

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Out: Greige

Gone are the days of a home full of greige walls inside and out.

In: Earth and Jewel tones

This years Pantone Colour of the Year suggests just this. A step away from grey and white undertones and a step into jewel tones and earthy colours.

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Out: Making a statement with only paint

We have slowly been creeping away from using just paint to update every space.

In: Wallpaper

This trend seems to consistently come and go over time. 2020 wall paper trends are more bold with patterns likely reminding us of our childhood homes.

The most consistent trend for this year seems to come from everyone wanting a more eco-friendly home, using old and natural materials rather than buying new. We think the trend away from plastic and mass manufacturing will be one that sticks for years to come.

Images from here and here

Pantone Colour of the Year 2020

One of the most anticipated trends of the year is the Pantone Colour of the Year.  It sets the tone for many interiors spaces.

Pantone has declared that ‘Classic Blue’ is the colour of the year for 2020.  According to Pantone, Classic Blue is ‘A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity.’  It follows behind last years Living Coral and 2018’s Ultraviolet.

Classic Blue has been described as having timeless appeal.

We could not agree more.  This versatile colour can easily make its way into your home from feature walls to throw pillows, bathroom tiles to bold doors.

A Pantone spokesperson describes ‘Classic Blue’ as ‘pairing perfectly with an extensive range of materials, shades and textures.’ and Vogue Living states it is ‘a shade that resonates with people all over the world.’

Scroll down to get some inspiration for your home.

Images from here and here.

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