What are the rules for using color in small spaces?
There really are no rules, but
there are a few guidelines that will help when deciding what colors to paint the walls or to use in your furniture or accessories.
We’re taught that dark or warm colors will make the space appear smaller and light or cool colors will visually expand the space. But that’s not necessarily so!
Use Color to Create a Focal Point
The Best Small Space Decorating Books
Give me a stack of decorating books or decorating magazines and I’m one happy lady. (Same with cookbooks…I read cookbooks like novels.)
This isn’t to say that
, of course…it’s fast and easy and there’s a myriad of choices. looking for ideas online isn’t a great way to go
It’s simply that when I relax at the end of a busy day with a cup of tea or a glass of wine, I will most often reach for one of my favorite decorating books!
And each time I look through them I almost always see something new or in a different perspective. I might be looking at window treatments or rugs or wall decor…so that’s what my eyes will focus on.
Here are three of the best:
It’s a big deal in new home design, these days, to incorporate a great room into the floorplan.
With an open kitchen & living room floor plan, especially in a small home, people are able to watch the news or visit with family or friends while cooking.
Here’s a slideshow that will illustrate what I mean – there are 18 examples of great combination living/dining designs:
One of my favorite slides is #11 (I think) with the purple couch and the pumpkin colored chair. The next slide with the sassy green tiles is a close second.
But I love them all…just depends on the basic layout of your small space.
Once you choose a focal point, you can separate the areas with a rug, wall color, dining tables, peninsulas, etc.
Find Small Space Decorating Ideas on Pinterest
Pinterest is a goldmine for small space decorating ideas.
If I’m looking for a recipe or beautiful artwork or a clever quotation, I can always find dozens of ideas on Pinterest, one of the fastest growing social networks. It’s kind of the photo equivalent of
My Pinterest Boards include Small Space Solutions, Home Style, Kitchens, Inspired Garden Ideas.
Except that instead of short 140 character posts, Pinterest is a
collection of small photos representing dozens of interests.