Ok, lets face it, most of us don't live in mansions... actually, quite the oposite. So we need to think big and trust our imagination to make the most of the space we've got. I love posting about small spaces and how to decorate them, I think it's amazing what you can do with a little bit of inspiration. So, here are some ideas.....
In the dining room, create a focal point in one of the walls, and make sure you incorporate one really great buffet or storage unit for dishes, napkins, bowls, etc. This one has mirrors and it's perfect with all the metalic accents. Get rid of high cabinets and keep everything waist low. Leave the walls clean except for the one wall that will have all the accents, place a large mirror in the oposite wall. You will be surpirsed at how big the space seems!
This living room seems a lot biger than it is because: everything is neutral, except for the black and the green accents that just add personality. The windows are big and the natural light is a very important element. Notice how the curtains were hung way above the trim and they go all the way to the floor, giving the sensation of very high ceiling. The mirrored coffee table sort of creates an optical illusion, I personally LOVE it.
In this small dining area, they took advantage of the wonderful architecture of this house and the amazing windows (I die for those!!!) and built a window bench that becomes part of the dining arrangement. The wall color seems to become one with the blue sky outside and brightens the place in a really inviting way.
In a small place, specially a little living space, you wanna keep things cozy... here, by the window, they have cleverly created a very cozy nook by hanging that lamp real low, close to the table, then adding a big, round coffee table and the floor pillows... and tons of style!
In this little area where they had to incorporate the dining space into the living room, the window provides the perfect setting. But there are many other reasons why this room rocks: Tall curtains that look like columns, perfect white chairs with chocolate brown frame, loads of neutrals to allow the amazing floor to do its thing... and a few pops of color here and there. I love those vases!
Images via: Better Homes & Gardens