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Small rooms present challenges all of their own don’t they?

When the room size goes down past 10×10, all types of things come into play such as storage, floor space, how to paint so that the room doesn’t appear to close in, and seem even smaller than it was.

A room of this size will decorate in nearly any color, despite what we’ve been told about not using darker colors, and still look airy and well decorated, so long as we stick with clean lines and uncluttered looks when we decorate.

One thing to avoid in a smaller room will be breakups, such as moldings near the ceiling or borders along the chair rail, unless the room is very open, with say just one or two walls, and the remainder a walk through to another room.

Bear in mind that having furniture that is larger, and that you have less of, will actually make the room appear more spacious as opposed to having many smaller pieces that will overpower a smaller room, making it seem full, and therefore still smaller looking.
Use a large table in a corner or one bar and stools that is a larger size to make the room seem more open and full, as opposed to several smaller chairs. Try to steer clear of small busy prints on the larger furniture, but stay with clean lines and woods perhaps.

One designer states that in a smaller room, attention to detail is what counts most. Every aspect of the room needs to “fit” or make sense in that space, since, every aspect of a smaller room is noticed. A persons eye will move quickly over a small room and because of that, everything gets noticed and nearly everything can become a focal point in the room.

A small room, decorated well can be like a jewel in the crown of your home. Using dark bold colors is not actually against the rules for smaller spaces, they merely need to be used properly.

Decorator Candice Olson explains” here’s a lot of contrast between the horizontal plane of the floor, the vertical color that might be on the walls and the more-than-likely white that’s painted on the ceiling. So if you do opt for a dark color, it’s the way the eye jumps from one plane to another that causes the room to look small.”

If you select a darker color, and I particularly love jewel tones such as deep burgundies and dark teals, take the color from the wall and extend it onto the ceiling, or use the same color, lightened up several shades so that the contrast isn’t so great.

Darker colors actually work well in smaller rooms and a lighter color furniture will be the perfect foil for it.

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