SarahBeenySpringIssue2017 - 103
A SMALL ROOM
MUST BE PAINTED
WHITE TO MAKE
IT LOOK BIGGER
art and soft
to pull the
This is a hard and fast rule that
makes sense because white, or another
pale shade, will inevitably brighten
up a room. But whether the room will
look larger has less to do with wall
colour and more to do with the size
and amount of furniture in the
room, and where you put it.
You might want your small room
to feel warm, cosy and intimate
- welcoming and comfortable is
never a bad thing.
HOW TO MAKE IT WORK
Using colour on walls, in the bedding
or in accessories will warm up the
atmosphere in your small space.
Designer Jonathan Adler says:
'Embrace small spaces and make them
feel like jewel boxes - don't be afraid
of dark or bright colours. No matter
which rich colour you pick, choose
low artiﬁcial light. Hanging lots
of artwork and adding picture lights
is one way to achieve this.'
Another trick is to add a golden
framed mirror and pick accessories
and furniture with gold work to
contrast with your chosen dark colour
- the metallic accents will shine in the
mirror, reﬂecting light around.
Or add pops of brightness to
contrast with your darker shades
- this will bring a primary-coloured
ﬁzz to the room that will add depth.
Dark wood and lighter coloured
cushions and rugs placed against your
darker walls will also create that cosy
niche you're looking for.
YOU MUST HAVE A
A matching sofa and two armchairs
seem a bit dated these days, but
they are still the number one choice
for most people when it comes to
furnishing living rooms.
For many it's a practical choice,
but do you really need a sofa and two
DOUBLING UP ON SOFAS, WHERE
YOU POSITION ONE OPPOSITE THE
OTHER, CREATES GOOD SYMMETRY
chairs? Would two smaller sofas be
more useful? Do you need a sofa at all,
in fact, or would a variety of diﬀerent
chairs work better?
double armchair option, they do
not have to match. Buy them in
contrasting colours and styles to
make a statement and add character
to the room. You could add cushions
in the colour of the opposite piece of
furniture to link the two.
Try pushing the sofa into a corner,
arrange four armchairs around a
table and add a large footstool, which
HOW TO MAKE IT WORK
Doubling up on sofas, where you
position one opposite the other,
creates a good symmetry. And because
you will have fewer pieces of furniture
in the room, it will make it seem less
cluttered - although you still
have the same number of seats.
Even if you do go for the sofa and
can be also used as an extra seat, for a
slightly formal but interesting layout.
Or you could try a more casual
approach - add large bean bags for
the children to sit on or huge floor
cushions that can be tidied away
when guests have gone. Not the
option for older visitors, perhaps.
You can mix up styles by investing in
a leather wingback chair and coupling
it with an armchair, a matching cube
and a big footstool. Quirky groupings
of mismatched furniture can really
work if chosen carefully. >
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