Any small space can be transformed into a modern man cave by bringing in a few essentials: a recliner, a TV, and some memorabilia. Because caves are supposed to be cozy, consider painting the walls a dark color. For this tiny 80-square-foot room, Haeley of Design Improvised and her husband chose gray paint with a hint of navy. Get more details at Design Improvised./
Besides color and pattern, incorporating unexpected accents is a third way to add personality to a small room. In this kitchen, the faux brick backsplash (complete with slight variations in tone) was hand-painted by Lydia of Pudel Design. When she swapped her light-color floor for dark tiles, the decorative element popped even more. Get more details at Pudel Design./
Don’t block the view! Blocking the windows in a room with furniture severely limits the amount of light, which makes a room look small and cramped. Use low or small scale pieces in front of a window. Likewise, try not to block your view into a room. If the room is viewed most often from another room, keep the path of sight clear to make the space visually expand. Julie-P-layout-revised
Covington Lincolnshire 440 French Lavender from the Back to Basics Collection is a crisp, clean three eighths inch small check design that will bring movement and color into your space. The Lavender and Cream pattern is suitable for window treatment, cornice boards, table toppers, pillows, cushions, bedding, headboards, art projects and small scale furniture upholstery.
Choose furniture in a scale appropriate for the room and for the people who will use it. The sleek design and small scale of a Saarinen Tulip chair suits a small living room, as does the Parsons table. The armless chair is heftier, but its lines and shape won't make a small room feel crowded.