Brighten up a dull room by mixing and matching fabrics. Add contrasting throw pillows or a slipcover or two. When it comes to decorating an entire space or simply adding a new piece of furniture from Simplicity Sofas, like a small couch, it’s easy to do with the abundant fabric choices available. Are you starting from scratch and decorating an entire room or trying to find a full-size sofa or small couch that will fit your existing décor? Let’s explore some options and fabric combinations that may help you in designing a space that’s right for you.
There are so many fabrics available that will work nicely with any existing décor. One thing you need to think about when selecting the fabric is the room’s lighting and how it affects the color of the fabric. First, you need to consider the natural lighting. If your project involves a room that gets the morning sunlight, where you drink your mocha and read the news before heading out the door, consider light and airy fabrics that the sun can complement. The sun doesn’t alter these fabric colors as it might darker ones in this environment.
Even if you don’t have a lot of natural sunlight at anytime during the day, brighter colors can be mixed and matched to lighten it up a bit. The brighter colors will bring the darker room alive and make it an inviting living space. Adding some strategically placed lighting and a mirror or two will help liven it up, as well.
Decide what type of seating you need. If you live in a small apartment and want to just add a piece or two such as a small couch, chair or an apartment sofa; prints, solid colors, and small stripes work well. If you are trying to match furniture already in the room, a solid color would obviously be your best choice. With over 100 fabrics to choose from, you’ll be able to mix and match with ease. Ask for free fabric samples and get started!
Starting from Scratch
If you are starting with a clean slate; in other words, an open room where you can add a few pieces of seating and new paint color – start by figuring out which fabrics you want to consider first for your home furnishings. Try to select the fabrics you like best BEFORE the paint color. It’s easier to find a paint color to compliment a fabric than the other way around in most situations where you are starting from scratch.
As stated before, the room’s lighting will affect the appearance of the fabric color AND the paint color. There can be a noticeable difference between natural sunlight and various types of artificial lighting from morning to night. Certain colors can appear cooler or warmer depending on the lighting. Bright, natural light shows colors most accurately and can help determine the ideal color to use.
Fabrics with patterns can add interest to the room and make a sofa or small couch the center of attention. Again, don’t be afraid to mix and match a pattern with a solid color to compliment the grouping.
Your chair and ottoman can be a completely different color than the apartment sofa! Adding slipcovers and contrasting throw pillows can also change the look, whether you are adding to your existing décor or starting from scratch.
While fabric selection may seem like a daunting task for many, it is one of the most important aspects of beginning to create a space that you will enjoy for many years. If you have questions about color or fabric combinations, or need help determining which size sofa, small couch or chair you’d like, please give us a call. We’ll be happy to help you with your product selection and fabric combinations.
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A living room should be designed to bring people together. It is a pleasant landscape or portrait that allows you to paint an unique view of yourself and create a space where others want to visit. Your space and the way you choose to decorate it says, “This is me and this is where I want to relax and spend quality time.”
What do you think about your space? Let’s take a take a trip inside your home, your style and your color and our world of options.
Do you live in a one-room studio apartment, a warehouse loft or a challenging small apartment where you need to make use of every inch of your interior? Just remember that your style and selections of color for your canvas make all the difference in the world.
Style and Substance Matters. Let’s look at a few options.
If you are moving into a studio apartment, some people choose sleeper sofas. Sometimes there just isn’t enough space for everything like small couches, chairs, tables, bed and other items. A sleeper sofa is a great space saving option as the piece is not only a full-size sofa which allows for maximum seating for guests when they arrive, but it is also a place for you to sleep comfortably when they leave.
Our sleeper sofa option is unique and allows for maximum seating space in a studio apartment and optimum sleeping arrangements for you. (See Sleeper Sofa option here) Place a couple of storage ottomans in front of the sofa for extra seating and/or storage. If you place tray tables on top of the ottomans, they can double as cocktail tables for you or your guest. When you are ready for bed, move the ottomans to either side of your sleeper sofa, easily transforming them into nightstands. Or slide the ottomans to the end of the sleeper sofa and pull out your favorite book from the storage compartment. Our innovative air sleep system will keep you dozing off to a peaceful sleep night after night.
Keep the colors of the walls and the fabrics of your upholstery complimenting, yet contrasting, as this adds drama to any small room. If you are allowed to paint the walls and considering new apartment furniture – - contrary to popular belief; paint the walls last! It may be a bit harder to do this, since the space is so small. But I recommend selecting your fabric and accessories first and backing into the wall color last. It’s easier to repaint than reupholster …
If you have the luxury of an open and airy space in a warehouse loft, laden with wood or brick as your backdrop, place a couple of small couches facing each other so you can see and interact with your invited guest. You can also add the storage ottomans to double as cocktail tables between the two sofas and keep a good scrabble game and conversation going.
Even if you have limited space in your loft apartment, floating a small couch in the middle of the loft will give you the extra seating you need to watch TV or chat with neighbors that pop in.
Do you have a roommate, but still want your own space in the living commons? Consider arranging a couple of chairs and a half near a large window away from the floating sofa. Place an accent table or bunching tables between the two chairs. This gives you and your housemate your own places to relax in silent comfort of the warm sun or, share conversation without having to share the small sofa. You can add a storage ottoman to the end of each chair and you both have your own space for magazines, books or laptops.
If you are lucky enough to have the original cement flooring in your loft, make sure you creatively paint it and accent with throw rugs which in and of itself creates separate spaces in a warehouse loft.
Are you downsizing to a small apartment? Or are you moving from your studio apartment into a tiny bit bigger space to accommodate a new child or relative? Where do you put all the stuff? Even though there are lots of possibilities with both scenarios above, (see studio apartments and warehouse lofts ideas above), small apartments can be the most challenging, but still offer plenty of options.
Depending on your particular space, one thing you need to consider in a small apartment is your interior room measurements. There are a lot of options from Simplicity Sofas to fit EVERY need. When it comes to small apartments, our loveseats, small apartment sofas, chairs and full-size sleeper sofas will fit up your narrow stairs or elevator and through any door. Just have a pretty clear idea of where to place the items once they get there.
Space planning is so important. Our apartment sofas are very popular for this scenario. Don’t forget to place a chair in the room and throw contrasting colored pillows on the sofa to make the room come alive. We have all these options and more and welcome your phone call to discuss your particular project.
I have always been a proponent of the “two loveseats facing each other” concept. It allows for maximum space in a small apartment and if you have a roommate or someone else living with you, you each have your own place in the living room to relax without sitting on top of each other or bringing in uncomfortable futons. Forget the futon! And don’t forget, storage ottomans and/or nesting tables which are always popular ideas for decorating and maximizing the small apartment space.
So take a trip inside your home and around our world! You don’t need to feel like you’re living in a bubble. If you do feel this way, let’s discuss and share a few options in this blog and some inventive ways to maximize your space, creating an artful environment unique to you. We would like to hear what you have to say! Also, click here to tell a friend to sign-up for our e-newsletter!
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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!
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.