1. Multi-purposing: If you have a very small space, you may not have separate living and dining areas. Combine the two by purchasing a high streamline sofa or sofa bed and a few side chairs that can be tucked away when not in use. When dining, bring the chairs in towards the sofa and place a round dining table in the middle. If you decide to go with the option of the sofa bed, this room is now not only a living and dining room, but also a guest bedroom. Also consider multi-purpose furniture; a large ottoman with a top that opens can serve as a coffee table, extra seating and even storage for blankets and pillows.
2. Proportions: If your furniture is oversized in comparison to the area it’s in, you will not get maximum use out of every inch of your home. Choosing furniture that is proportionate to the space is key when designing your place. Don’t fall in love at first sight. Bring a measuring tape (which should be or will become your best friend when furnishing a small space) with you when you go shopping, and if the piece is too big just walk away! You’ll find something better!
3. Contain the clutter: Practical storage solutions are a must when space is limited, so make use of your vertical space. Consider hiring a company that specializes in custom-built closets. Closet organizers will save your life! Floor-to- ceiling wall units and book shelves are also a great way to make use of the vertical space in your home, and can be a great place to store items and show off some of your prized possessions.
4. Open Furniture: Furniture that has legs tends to create a feeling of more openness in a space. Having a few pieces with closed bottoms such as an ottoman or a few stools is okay, but the majority should be open at the base.
5. Visual Flow: Visual flow is the path your eyes take when looking at something as a whole. Your eyes should not focus on one particular area of the home. Your space should balance, creating harmony. Mix different fabrics together – silk, chenille, linen, suede velvet and sheers all together in monochromatic tones. Maintenance plays a big role in creating harmony. Visual flow will be obstructed if you’ve got a clutter – you need keep everything simple, clean and organized.