Interior design goes beyond just deciding where to put things, or even choosing a colour theme. Interior design has to do with expressing your personality. It stamps your living room or bedroom with your signature creative vision, making something completely distinctive. At west elm, our aim is to give you the tools to bring those ideas to life.
When looking for the right furniture pieces, the only thing that changes is the size of your canvas. However, it can still help to figure out ways to maximise your available space. Here are a few tips.
Can you include a sectional in a smaller space? Well, that depends on your living room’s shape and total square footage. One option is to use a sectional with a chaise. Not only is having access to a chaise a happy thing when you want to kick your feet up and relax but it also doubles as extra seating when guests arrive.
There’s nothing wrong with embracing small spaces fully. They tend to be intimate and warm, which is a good thing. The same thing goes for cosy and comfortable love seats. By using smaller pieces and allowing sufficient room to move around, the space litreally feels larger.
Flexible furniture — pieces that can be used in more than one way — is ideal because it adapts to your lifestyle. A pouf ottoman, for example, offers an extra spot for guests to sit and doubles as a gorgeous accent table when used with a reflective tray above. Many accent tables and ottomans also have interior storage options.
Any design theme — minimalist, mid-century and industrial, to name a few — can work well in smaller spaces. Focus on the main pieces first, and then add accents that enhance them. Simple lines and strong pops of colour make the room feel exciting and bright. Sofa cushions are awesome for adding personality via cool patterns, tantalising textures and vibrant hues.
Furniture placement is completely up to you. Some people prefer to create an accent wall with a love seat and side tables as a beautiful vignette. Artwork is a space saver with huge impact in this layout. Another option is to choose a sofa with removable backrests and put it in the centre of the space. That offers room in front and behind for a console table or conversation area.
Using neutral colours can make rooms feel much more spacious. Mirrors also have this effect, especially in spaces without much natural light. What if you want the room to be more colourful? Throw blankets, cushions, vases and candles all fill a room with brilliant tones without taking up extra space.