Smart Furnishing Tips for Small Spaces

Getting the most use out of your small living space can be a daunting task. Smart styling requires finding versatile pieces and using them cleverly. Below are a few furnishing tips that will take your space from cramped to comfortable!

Tip 1: Buy transformational pieces. Maximizing your furniture’s functionality is key when working with limited space. Purchase pieces that can be used every day and adjusted appropriately for entertaining or events. For example, an adjustable bar table is the perfect size and height for everyday use as a kitchen or dining table. When entertaining, hydraulically lift the table to a perfect standing or barstool height.

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Bonus Tip: If you chose to pair your adjustable table with multiple sets of seating, opt for options that easily stow away. The Fuji Stacker series, for instance, is available in multiple heights and stacks for easy and compact storage.

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Tip 2: Employ double duty furniture. Chances are that a living space with limited room is also short on storage. Purchase pieces of furniture with built-in storage solutions. Try something like this Linx Coffee Table, which houses a lower shelf perfect for storing knick-knacks below a fully functional tabletop.

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Tip 3: Use mirrors and reflective surfaces. Create an optical illusion of depth by hanging a mirror in a cramped space. Reflective surfaces open up spaces, expanding a sense of size with extended views and light. Try an artful approach, like the Helio Mirror, to eliminate the need for additional artwork.

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by Wendy Weinert

Ready to change your dining room style? Start with a new dining table.

Dining rooms can be designed in a variety of different styles and sizes, but most have at least one important thing in common: they are all defined by a dining table.

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Photo Credit: Monarch Specialties

If you’re ready to change up your dining room style and give it a new look, you’ll want to start with buying the right table. The choices you make regarding a table’s shape, design and color can have a huge impact on the room’s overall style and can help set the tone you were hoping to achieve.

Consider these four dining room styles:

Traditional – If you prefer a more traditional dining room look, find a table with styling characteristics to match. Traditional dining tables do not have to be a particular shape, but rectangular and round tables are common. You will also want to look for tables with rich wood finishes and ornate detailing like carved legs.

Traditional Dining Table Bellacor Number 397321

Traditional Dining Table Bellacor Number 397321

Contemporary – If you want a no-fuss living room, then a modern style table is for you. Minimalist lines without any ornate detailing are features you will want to look for in a modern table. Contemporary tables are often made from metals and feature a glass tabletop. If you have kids and the thought of glass tables scares you, then sleek wooden tables also work just fine.

Modern Dining Table. Bellacor #832353

Modern Dining Table. Bellacor #832353

Rustic/country – A nice country style dining room is easy to achieve with tables that have distressed or weathered wood. So instead of looking for that perfectly crafted table, you’ll want a table with some imperfections. Chipped finishes or a chunky appearance give the table character, which is perfect for a country style dining room.

Rustic Dining Room Table. Bellacor #736463

Rustic Dining Room Table. Bellacor #736463

Transitional – If you can’t choose between a contemporary or traditional style dining room, go transitional. A transitional style combines traditional and contemporary characteristics to create a more casual look. For example, if a table has a rich Cherry finish mixed with sleek lines, it is considered to be transitional. This style is perfect if you prefer a more laid-back environment.

Transitional Dining Table. Bellacor #753390

Transitional Dining Table. Bellacor #753390

What dining room style do you want to create? Once you’ve determined the style, simply find a dining table to match!

By Wendy Weinert

 

Dining room tables—round or square?

The rectangular dining room table has been the heart of many dining rooms for years. You’ve all seen the grand dining rooms depicted in movies. You know, the ones that have tables so long, people on opposite ends can’t even talk to each other. But society (and design) is changing and now people are shifting away from the formal and adding more casual, cozy and fun layouts with open floor plans. This new trend has allowed people to move toward smaller table shapes and many families share their meals together on a tables that are either round or square. But which shape is better for your home?

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Photo Credit: Ferniehirst Castle

Both round and square tables have their advantages and offer an intimate dining experience, so which one you use might depend on your situation and personal preference. Some people simply prefer the look of round over square (or vice versa) and make a decision based on style. Judging by appearance, however, might not always give you the best shape for your situation. Think about the benefits of each shape before making a decision.

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A square table fits in perfectly with square rooms and can be placed against the wall if you only need seating for three people. Square tables generally provide more surface space for people to work on and with four legs, are more stable than round tables. Another reason to get a square table is if you ever need to expand. Some tables are designed to expand into a larger table, or you can easily set two tables together.

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While square tables provide stability and balance, round tables offer leg room and space to walk around. Many round tables are held up with a single pedestal, centrally located. This allows people more freedom to move their legs without bumping them into the table’s legs or another person’s. The rounded corners of the table save space and make it much easier for people to walk around the dining room.

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Whichever you choose, you can be certain a smaller table will make evening meals with loved ones much cozier.

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Easy ways to add urban-chic style to your home

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Page through any home design magazine these days and you’ll see it: urban-chic style. It can be hard to envision what that moniker means, but here’s the core concept: A mix of old and new décor items and traditional and trendy style touches, all in an airy, not-too-busy space. The great news is that, no matter what kind of “bones” your home has, you can update your interior in easy ways to get this in-demand look.

Here are a few ways to get started:

Add a rustic touch – Not everything in an urban chic environment is glossy and brand-new – one of the keys to the look is adding lived-in elements that provide texture and character. Furniture made from salvaged or re-claimed wood is a great idea. Try a console table that combines a distressed patina with the classical form of turned balusters, combining roughness and elegance in one piece.

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An updated take on the chandelier – Lighting fixtures can do a lot to define a room, or simply support your décor scheme. For an urban-chic look, select a chandelier that bridges the gap between contemporary and classic design. Crystorama’s chandeliers from the Cameron Collection, offered in the English Bronze finishdoes the job perfectly, with swooping lines of metal over a more traditional arrangement of bulbs.

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Eclectic accessories – Urban chic is a look that calls for a lot of your own personality. Express your unique tastes through accessories spread across the home. Don’t be afraid to mix and match eras and genres. Hang a minimalist painting on the wall, but set your grandmother’s heirloom candelabra on the dining table. Roll out an antique Turkish rug and decorate your mantle with contemporary ceramic vases. It’s all about creating an interesting mix that tells a story about you.