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Original_Brian-Patrick-Flynn-Multipurpose-Family-Room_s4x3_lgOnce you have settled into your home, you may find that some of the rooms are not as perfect as you thought. Over time, you accumulate furniture, pillows, used things, etc. This can make your house cluttered. Or maybe you just moved in and the living room is not as large as you had hoped. There are ways to avoid the feeling a small spaces, even when the space is small!

A 160-square-foot living space may seem like an average, decent size  until you realize it must function as a family room, lounge, dining room and home office. Creating a design that’s as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing can be a major challenge. In the case of a spatially-challenged, open concept great room, a few design elements are essential to maximize space: multi-purposing, playing with scale and proportion, installing proper lighting, defining the space plan, and delineating several zones within one area. -Brian Flynn

Solutions to small rooms are making the most of your space, getting minimal furniture, using color to make items “pop”. The main thing to keep in mind when remodeling, moving, or redecorating is to think about the size of the room compared to the size of the furniture. Do you really need a large sofa? Do you really need two coffee tables and a side table? Think about what your needs and wants are and find a happy medium.

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Getting New Furniture

New FurnitureEvery person has their own style. It is important to know your own personal style as well ad tips and tricks to help a room flourish. Small rooms need the most attention when getting new furniture.

Taste in furniture is something that is extremely personal and unique to each individual. The key to making smart choices when furnishing your home involves doing enough research to know what it is you really like and where to get it. Deciding what sort of furniture to buy for your home can be a daunting task indeed. By reading a bit about the subject and doing independent research, you can make the process much simpler indeed. -The Family Dining Room

You do not have to go out and pay a lot of money for large, bulky pieces of furniture. There are plenty of other resources. Only buy furniture that is useful in more than one way. Get furniture that is used or from a yard sale. Focus on furniture that fits your style and know what can make your home perfect for you and your family.

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Spring Has Sprung

Spring Decor

Spring Decor

A new season means new changes. Spring colors are becoming a big hit this year and these colors can transform a home into a comfy and cozy place to live. Spring colors and interior design is not all about pastels. Your house does not have to look like a painted Easter egg either. One of my last posts about color psychology can help pick colors if spring is not your season. If you are stuck on a design, there are tips on the internet that can help you.

So maybe you’ve noticed lately that your home isn’t looking as fabulous as it could or maybe you just want to do some redecorating this spring. Whatever the case, we’ll let you in on some of the hottest interior design trends for this spring. With these design trends you will have no problem finding the inspiration to tackle your home! -Rebecca Waldron

Rebecca Waldron writes about the top 8 interior design trends for the spring. The trends are all about color, shapes, and types of furniture and paint that should be used for this season. There are many blogs that are dedicated to helping the right people find their perfect style for any season.

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Small Yet Open

Not all small homes are actually “small”. If you make the most out of your space, then you will never feel the walls caving in. There are plenty of small homes across the nation and they are making bold statements. Smaller living provides plenty of positive opportunities. Some include, saving money, saving time, saving resources, and so many more. If you are going to live in a small space, there arep lenty of tips and tricks to make your home provide plenty of space.

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Small, Functional Home

“You have to force yourself to have a place for everything and storage becomes critical so it forces people to think about what they bring in,” she says. “Maintenance overall also decreases and goes back to being green. It frees up time. Less cleaning, less maintenance.” -Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian 

If you make the interior perfect, you can have a lot of space in a small home. White walls give the sense of open spaces. Large windows provide plenty of light and the illusion that the room keeps going to the outside. Modern artwork makes the house seem interesting and unique. Items around the house can help distract you from the size and focus on the quality of the home.

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Urban Housefitters

What if you could build a cheap home that is self sufficient, ecofriendly, and is located in an urban area? You can! It is possible to have a small functional home. This is becoming the future of urban housing. Due to a rise in the population and economical downturn, it can be quiet difficult to find the perfect house to live in. But the Savannah College of Art and Design students may have a solution to sustainable urban living; micro-housing.

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Designs for Microhouses

These micro-houses are designed to be fully self-sufficient, with a kitchen, bathroom, and adaptable living space inside the 135 square foot dwellings, and to share a common green space with other units to create a community feeling. The green space includes an organic community garden, fed by a greywater system, and a shared recycling and composting center aims to minimalize the waste from the units. A maker space (“rapid prototyping area”) that has a 3D printer for customizing the units allows residents to make the tiny houses better suit their individual needs, and a daylight harvesting structure on the roof of the parking garage brings sunlight to the interior of the micro-community. -Derek Markham

These houses are said to be the future of living. Due to the perfect small size and areas it can be located, it can be perfect for downsized living. As these houses are perfected, we may be seeing more and more of these in the near future. Cities can eliminate wasteful spaces and avoid cluttered areas. These homes can provide more housing for an affordable price.

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Under the Bed

Under the Bed Storage

Under the Bed Storage

There are so many places in your home that have potential for storage. Small homes especially need to utilize all of the storage compartments your home has to offer. The most common place things end up underneath is the bed. So why not use this space in a useful way?

There is no such thing as enough storage space. So if you’re trying to squeeze in storage space everywhere you possibly can, seize the opportunity that beds present! I looked for beds that looked inviting, and yet tapped into potential storage space.Though they offer maximum storage space, I didn’t quite warm up to beds that open up entirely, like the mouth of a crocodile. I may be wrong, but I have my doubts about its practicality as they don’t seem very easy to maneuver. Given that it’s low-lying area to work with, drawers seem to be the most common option with beds and possibly the most convenient. -Earthenjoy

Instead of clutter or dust bunnies piling up under the bed, use this place as a means of storage for your clothes, shoes, luggage, or other items. This is also a good place to keep important documents hidden. Some bed frames are made with drawers under them to use as space saving heavens. Some of those frames can be costly and very heavy. If you are willing to dish out extra cash for those frames, they are a worth wild investment. If you are trying to save up for one, there are temporary means as well.

You can always purchase storage containers, suitcases, or other boxes to store items to keep them safe. These can be placed right under your bed.

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Every Nook and Cranny

Reading Nook

Reading Nook

If you are creating your perfect space, you need to figure out some of your hobbies, enjoyments, and other aspects of your life. A lot of people are still infatuated with printed books. If you love to read or enjoy quiet spaces, a nice library addition to your home would be the perfect fit. Not all homes have enough room for a library room to itself, but some make it happen.

If I had a room to spare, I have no doubts in my mind that I’d turn it into a library. An extra room at the moment would be like wishing upon a star, so I’m hoping I can soon have a reading nook somewhere. I know mine will be next to a window, but  I haven’t quite decided if it will be the window in the bedroom or the hallway. Another bed in the bedroom to lie on and read might seem like a pointless extravaganza initially, but you’d be surprised how plant-like we humans are. If there’s a bed with lots of sunlight, you’ll drift towards it almost naturally. -Earthenjoy

There are ways to make a library right in the corner of any office, bedroom, or even dining room. Just by adding a small shelf or nook, you can fill up your space with as many books as possible. Utilizing space under stairs or under furniture is also an option. Do not think that you are limited by the space of your home. There is always room of additions.

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