Downsizing is liberating! But why should you be a pro at something that often only happens once in your life? It’s okay to need a little help with such a big change. We have helped dozens of downsizers make the most of their newer, smaller space so they could ENJOY all the reasons they decided to start this new chapter in the first place! We’re sharing our best downsizing design lessons with you to help you prepare for an upcoming move, or get you through the middle of a current moving-headache.
COLOR MATTERS, SIZE DOES NOT!
- Paint your walls, trim and ceiling in different shades of the same color. For example, if you choose to paint your walls blue, paint the trim a slightly darker blue and the ceiling a lighter blue. This gives the illusion of the room being larger than it is.
- Keep in mind colors from adjacent rooms. Tie all rooms into the common area by using one neutral tone throughout each space. One way of accomplishing this is by using the same sisal or jute rug color in each room. A professional design consultation will help you make these decisions before you buy all new rugs!
- Neutral staple pieces like sofas and coffee tables give the eyes a place to rest. Brighten up the room with color in artwork, accessories and patterned pillows. We love to accent neutrals with Patone’s 2019 Color of the Year, Living Coral 16-1546!
AVOID THE BIG MISTAKE OF SMALL FURNITURE!
- One of the biggest design mistakes is not using furniture to scale. An oversized sofa, short end table, and a small occasional chair will look disproportionate and create an imbalance in the room if used together.
- Place large mirrors to help make the space appear larger or give it more light. Use pieces with architectural interest such as doors, windows, and arches to give it more punch.
- If your room is oddly shaped, or there isn’t room at either end of your sofa, a console table may do the trick. It can be placed apart from the sofa, (i.e. in front of a window) and provide extra space for a table lamp.
- Raise your furniture! Skirtless chairs and sofas create the illusion of more space. Your room will look and feel lighter and more open with legs exposed.
GET CREATIVE WHEN IT COMES TO CLUTTER!
- Choose multi-purpose furnishings such as upholstered ottomans. Ottomans serve as extra seating or can be used as a table with a tray properly placed on top. Storage ottomans are another smart choice, as items can be stored inside to camouflage the clutter.
- Another way to camouflage the clutter is by adding decorative storage boxes. They look beautiful, come in an array of different sizes and patterns, and hide the small stuff like remotes and coasters.
WALLS WORK WONDERS FOR MAXIMUM SPACE!
- Hang a collection of artwork using the same color in the framework. This will unite the group and help the contrasting pieces read as a collection.
- Wall mount your TV to take up less space and provide a united focal point.
- A statement chandelier with texture and an interesting shape creates a functional and sculptural design. In a small space, place a larger scaled light. It will make the room look larger.