Considering a move to a smaller space? Decorating and downsizing into a smaller home or from a home to an apartment can be a lot of fun.
Make it an opportunity to create a comfortable and stylish space that surrounds you with the things you love. Think about the lifestyle you want to embrace as you begin to downsize and decorate for your new “rightsized” home.
6 Tips to Decorating & Furnishing Small paces
- Keep It Light
- Rethink the Coffee Table
For example, put two African drums in the place of a traditional coffee table. It’s better for traffic flow and easier to move around than a large, knee-knocker table.
- Think Up, Not Out
When it comes to adding wall decor, arrange in a more vertical vs. horizontal pattern. This draws the eye up and creates space between arrangements to avoid walls appearing cluttered.
- Go High
Hang draperies above the window frame to make the ceiling appear higher and the room more spacious. Some designers recommend the drapery rod hung just a few inches below the ceiling.
Some easy-to-find pieces of furniture that instantly add storage space are beds with built-in drawers underneath or ottomans with storage (great for storing those cozy blankets you only want during wintertime).
- Rid the Recliner
Select small-scale furniture that won’t overpower the room or appear to dominate the space. Look for a sofa with thin arms and a tightly upholstered back. A loveseat and trendy chairs may be a better option than a sofa and that larger recliner you’ve secretly been wanting to get rid of.
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Downsizing to Your New, Smaller Space
Do you look around your current home and think, “where am I going to go with all this stuff?” Or, maybe the question should be, “why do I have all this stuff?”
When preparing for a move, most people realize they have a bunch of stuff they don’t really need. They use only their favorite things and likely even use only a few rooms on a daily basis.
If you can relate, then you’re ready to downsize. Start the downsizing process using these four basic tips:
- Start early.
- Honor heirlooms and then pass them down to loved ones.
- Sell the stress-free way by using professionals; consider an auction.
- Don’t be afraid to toss.
And remember, a move to a smaller home means more time for the things you love, whether that’s traveling, visiting friends and family or attending events. You are gaining freedom to structure your days and your life in a way that brings you happiness and fulfillment.
When choosing and decorating for a new home, especially when you are downsizing for retirement, take into consideration your interests and the lifestyle you want to live. Trade size for fun!