Small apartments or studio lofts need to change a little for the Holidays. Granted, you have created your own image and added the perfect“decor,” but you need to add or change somethings here or there for the holidays.
For some it’s easy, for others you’re thinking …. “Hmmm … I have everything in place for my lifestyle; where do I put all these holiday decorations so they do not over crowd what I have already accomplished? How do I put more things into this small space?”
It can be a daunting task. But you don’t have to spend your Holiday bonus on over-decorating to make it a Winter Wonderland. Here are some ideas to get your Holiday decorating off to the right start if you live in a small space.
Consider these choices.
Work with what you have. Move a chair from one corner of the room to another (or to another room entirely!) to create some space for additional gatherings for guests to stand and mingle.
Place a small holiday tree in that space.
Arrange your tree and decorations on top of an already existing accent table and do not bother moving anything. Create your own festive design in that space, if you choose.
Mantle Beware! Overcrowding the mantle will make your space seem even smaller. Simple candles and some Holiday pictures of days gone by will do just fine.
If you are weary of moving things around, try stacking poinsettias on top of different sized boxes bunched together in the room to create a festive focal point. You can pick up empty boxes in any size from any grocery. Turn the boxes upside down, drape some fabric around the bases, place your poinsettias (which will last forever) on the boxes and you’re done.
It only takes up a little space and your apartment sofa or chair doesn’t need to be moved to accommodate this. Your guests won’t ever have to ‘guess’ where to place their party gifts. They’ll know to place them right around your poinsettia tree.
I thought of a great idea today, too. Take your old twinkling lights (that are still working from last year, right?) and wrap them around your tallest plant(s). Sit back and relax to your favorite music and watch them twinkle. Hang a Charlie Brown red ornament or “your” favorite ornament on the plant if it works for you.
Or … bunch a few different sized plants together (tall, small and wide) and wrap the twinkling lights around them. You can do this to create a holiday experience in many rooms.
What are you are doing in your small space this season? We would love to hear from you so we can post your ideas and share your joy! Let us know what works for you.
Did You Know Surrounding Yourself with Color Makes You Happier?
In this day and age, we have to get excited about something—don’t we? Let’s get excited about color and not sit around wishing change would happen, but make it happen! I am going to invite you to share in my experience of changing your surroundings with color and making you and/or your family happy about doing so in the next few blogs.
Keep posted! This is one of many …
”around the world in global colors”
Everyone is turning to remodeling as opposed to selling and upgrading. The first thing you should do is add “color” to your existing lifestyle — and change it as often as you like.
Even if it’s only paint on a wall!
Make it easy. Start with “one room” — and my 3 questions:
#1) Can you start with one room? Yes.
#2) Do you spend a lot of time in this room? Yes.
#3) Are you ready to start with this room? Yes.
If the answer to these 3 questions are all YES!
Then – Beige be Gone! Get up and paint a wall! See the new colors here!
… which colors do you see that work with you?
I can’t go and spend money frivolously on items that are meaningless anymore; such as impulse buys that will eventually end up on a back cupboard shelf, the back of a closet, or under the children’s beds. I have to be smart about how I spend my hard earned dollars now.
So Do it with Color!
I’m only talking about remodeling to the extent of painting one wall and an old piece of wood furniture, or at the very least, moving an apartment sofa, studio sofa or living room set to a different Safe Space in the room. You’ll find that in doing so; it will make all the difference in the world!
This does not have to come with a great deal of thought. It just means moving your precious belongings around to new Safe Spaces. Try it when you’re bored. Add a couple pieces if you can afford it and above all, get rid of the clutter and add color.
Repaint JUST One Wall.
hot colors for one wall
Hang a mirror or two while you’re at it, particularly on a dark wall if you are in a small space. Everyone can see the room from most angles this way. How happy you will be while you sit back and watch them enjoy the fruits of your labor from all angles.
Remember Though – -Beige be Gone!
Mix and Match
Do you want to wake up to a sleepy studio apartment? Do you have a small sofa or apartment sofa that is in great need of replacing? Check out the color patterns that I have outlined here and look at our apartment sofa pages. I think it will make all the difference in the world to you. These are affordable ways to make your small space or any living room come to life again with minimal expense.
Want to Know Which Colors Make You Happy?
I have given you a sample of color choices for just about all personalities as best I could on this blog page. I will continue, as the change of the seasons, to show you more. If you see color samples on the Fabrics Page that enlightened you, then send me a comment and I will add it!
My advice: Expand your horizons if you are in a world without color. Don’t sit around looking at old sofas and beige walls. Now is the time to get up off that old couch and answer the 3 questions I asked above. If nothing else, it will change a little part of your life and make you happier for doing so.
Let me know what you think and above all — ask questions! So many people want to hear your story!
Have you ever been to a friend’s house where there was no thought of “Safe Space” room planning or design? What I mean by this is, every time you get up from the small apartment sofa or chair, you bang your knee on the coffee table or hit your thigh on the corner of their laptop desk? OUCH!
When designing for small spaces, you want to make sure you can get as much walk-around room as possible and as much seating for guests, while still maintaining “safe space.” That’s the term I use to create ample walking space between furniture pieces, cocktail tables, entertainment centers, door openings, etc., so when your guests come to visit and mingle, they leave with no bruises or band aids.
All furniture in the room needs to have some “Safe Space” around it …
You will need at least 2 feet and, in most cases I recommend 3 feet, between a sofa and chair.
Space planning is critical for any type of room, but when you live in a small apartment, studio or loft, designing the space is crucial. Most safe spaces are typically going to be about 2 to 3 feet between each of your furniture pieces. For instance, you need at least 2 feet from the front of your sofa to the front of the cocktail table. When you get up, you have ample room to move about and do not knock over pictures of your loved ones, the scrabble board or your favorite beverage.
Watch out where you place those accent tables or end tables, as “their legs” tend to get in the way of “yours,” in small spaces, too.
I recommend nesting tables that come in sets of three. When you don’t need the extra surface space, just slide the smaller two in place, one under the other, where they tuck away and allow the largest table to become your end table. When you entertain, pull them all out for more table top space.
Think about maximizing your seating space for small apartments very carefully when you are room planning. You can get really creative if you think out of the “box” just a bit.
When you’re designing your living room, add a couple of storage ottomans in place of a cocktail table. Place the two ottomans about three inches apart from each other to form a “table” in front of your apartment sofa. If you are entertaining guests, these pieces become a versatile option as they can be moved around easily to accommodate additional seating for two.
When you are relaxing at home, the ottomans give you hidden storage space for books, toys or magazines. You can use the ottomans when you’re not entertaining by placing a tray table on top to showcase your fresh-cut flowers or memorabilia and accessories. Or move the tray table out of the way and prop up your feet. The extra ottomans make for inviting versatility.
We don’t want you living in a box – we want to help you create a space that makes you feel open and alive!!!
We have so much to talk about and share … art and wall color … rugs and accessories – even what I am to do with my Grandma’s old rocker. (I have an idea for that one) I will share one of those space saving opportunities next; unless I “bump” into something else.
Let me know how you are making use of your small space, or if you need help room planning or designing. Here at Simplicity Sofas, we are here to help you create your space and we look forward to hearing from you.
Decide What Stays and What Goes …
When room planning, even art, accessories and paint color is critical if you live in a small space. I have talked to many people about concerns they encountered while designing their spaces, whether large or small. From these conversations, I have learned that it can be as daunting for some to try and design an 800 square foot apartment as it is a house in the suburbs or a villa on the Riviera.
In this article, I wanted to touch on what I consider to be rule number 1 for room planning for small spaces.
First and Foremost — You need to decide what stays and what goes.
Obviously, if you are moving into a new space and/or purchasing new furniture, the first thing you want to do is decide which of your existing pieces you will be keeping. Are you attached to Grandpa’s old roll top desk he gave you, or a retro accent table you picked up at a boutique sale — or both?
If you want to hold onto the larger pieces, like the desk, consider alternative uses. We moved our roll top desk out of a very small bedroom and into the dining room to serve as our buffet. With all its drawers, nooks and crannies, it was a perfect place to hold and hide our silverware, napkin rings and table top items that we use only for special occasions.
If you’re thinking about buying additional furniture pieces from our website (which we hope you are), I can work with you to lay out the rooms using online tools by placing the furniture for you in ¼ scale imagery and showing you options that make the most sense. So don’t be afraid to ask for the complimentary help. That’s what I’m here for. But for now …
Decide What Stays and What Goes.
In my next article, I am considering writing about a topic no one thinks about when purchasing furniture for small spaces called “Safe Spaces.” Safe Spaces is the area between one piece of furniture and the next. Have you ever been to a friend’s house who had no idea of Safe Space and every time you got up off of their apartment sofa or chair, you would bang your knee on the coffee table? That’s what I’m talking about. Ouch!
In future articles we’ll also talk about paint color, wall art and accessorizing to name a few; all necessary topics in making your small space feel bigger.
As always, if you have ideas or would like to contribute to this article or any of the others that will be posted on this website, please do so. There are a lot of people looking for new ways to maximize space and we want to share all of our successful ideas! I want you to look to Simplicity Sofas as one of your resources that will keep you informed of new trends, space planning, color coordinating and other design advice.