The Flufftastic Fairy Says: Make the Most of Your Small Space - the Living Room

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The Flufftastic Fairy Says: Make the Most of Your Small Space - the Living Room

We live in a small house, just over 1000 sq feet. It was built in the '40's and has a lot of character, that's why we love it!

Unfortunately there isn't always room for all my stuff...

Many people have the same problem and here are some ideas to make your small Living Room look larger!


Paint the walls and ceiling in the same shade, that way corners and boundaries disappear.
ceiling


Buy furniture with narrow or no arms. Bulky furniture or wide arms on sofas or chairs just waste space. (armless are also easier to move in or out!) You can have a large chaise or daybed that won't take up as much space but will still have lots of seating!sofa

armless chair











Use glass topped tables, they appear smaller because there is no boundary and light will travel through it. A glass topped table with a mirror shelf underneath does double duty, storage and style! glass top table



Nesting tables are also of value in a small space!

nesting table









Drop leaf tables can help for an occasional needed desk or serving area for parties!dropleaf table




Benches or ottomans with storage inside do double duty as well!

storage ottomans







Hang your drapes as high as you can, it will make the walls look taller!drapes



Instead of end tables use old suitcases stacked on top of each other, they can store things and look great too!

suitcases









Use your walls! Get bookshelves that are to the ceiling and paint them the colour of the walls. They will disappea
portofino shelfr into the wall but will add much needed storage!




Buy an area rug that will fit all the furniture, it defines the space and makes the area look larger. Don't use an area rug with a border, because it defines the smaller space. If the ceiling is low, use a bright patterned rug to draw the eye downward.

rugs









Use your artwork to make a statement, use wide mats and make each piece a focal point. Too many little pictures can make a room seem cluttered. Large mats in a frame make the artwork seem important.mats

mats





Light your rooms, a bright room always looks larger than a dull one! If you don't have floor space, mount a lamp to the wall!

wall mount lamp





If your furniture is mismatched, buy slip covers, they are much more sophisticated now. If there is wood, paint all the wood the same shade so there is continuity.

slip covers








Interior doors can be switched for glass paned doors to let light in and let you see farther! You can also get a sliding glass door that doesn't swing so it takes up less room!french door

glass door










Get a mirror! Whether it is mounted on the wall or free standing you will never lose having a mirror in a small room, it will always make a room look larger!mirror



To find out where all of these items are from, scroll over the photo!

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Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
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All your ideas are excellent. I did most of the things you suggested and I think my place looks good!

Jan 12, 2012 10:07 AM #1
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Anna Dovger
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Peg, very good advice for the small spaces. Especially for the items that could play double duty. I suggested.

Jan 12, 2012 10:19 AM #2
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Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
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Great ideas for decorating small rooms and making them look and live larger than they are. The store Ikea sells smaller-scale furniture and accessories, too.

Gretchen

Jan 12, 2012 10:38 AM #3
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
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Ralph, that's great! You should take some pix to show us!

Anna, what a nice thing to do! Thanx! I'm all about double duty, why not let things play two roles?

Jan 12, 2012 10:50 AM #4
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
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Gretchen, IKEA has a lot of great stuff for sure! Thanx!

Jan 12, 2012 10:53 AM #5
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Sharon Lee
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Peg-I am dealing with that now in my 504 sq ft woman cave and my 12x12 bedroom in Mom's house. I just figure I have too much stuff.

Jan 12, 2012 11:08 AM #6
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Sharon, that can happen too! But if you sort through things and discover stuff that you don't really need that might help too. It's hard to part with things, but one bedroom isn't a lot of space...

Jan 12, 2012 11:29 AM #7
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Pam Miller
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Peg - Great tips on working with small spaces!  Your ideas are creative and will add much needed storage space.

Jan 12, 2012 12:38 PM #8
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Peg - What wonderful tips!  I love items that give extra storage, like the ottomans you mentioned or drawers under a queen size bed.  The condos in our city are being built smaller and smaller, so furniture pieces that double as storage are key. 

Jan 12, 2012 01:37 PM #9
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

PamMmy, storage is an issue in any home, but in a small space it's a killer! Especially for someone like me with a lot of interests and each one takes up room!

Sista Sally! I love those beds with built in drawers! I bought rubbermaid clear boxes with wheels that roll under the bed for my linens, they're great!

Jan 12, 2012 03:22 PM #10
Rainer
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Not a real person
San Diego, CA

We have many neighborhoods here that were built just after World War II and usually have about 800 square feet. It's amazing what some people can do with 800 square feet, and equally amazing what some people cannot do with 800 square feet.

Jan 12, 2012 07:26 PM #11
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
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Caliche, I'm not sure I could live in a space that small! There is real ingenuity in some of those places for sure. Others I'm sure look like an episode of 'Hoarders'.

Jan 12, 2012 11:12 PM #12
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Suzanne Strickler
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Peg - Good advice with great pictures. Glad I got rerouted here from Mr. Ray's blog #11.

Jan 14, 2012 04:17 AM #13
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Suzanne, Russel is so awesome! Thanx for stopping in!

Jan 14, 2012 04:19 AM #14
Rainer
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Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I see you have to more small space posts. I love it when people do a series of posts. Gives me more reblogging material!

Jan 14, 2012 12:14 PM #15
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Caliche, thanx, I am always thrilled to be reblogged! That means someone likes what I've written! Yay!

Jan 14, 2012 05:43 PM #16
Rainer
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Valerie, Thanx, glad you like the tips! It is amazing how much difference light and air can make!

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