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February 19, 2014

Big Up Your Small Space

With modern living getting ever more cramped and rooms appearing smaller than ever, how can you have your dream house in an ideal location without feeling closed in?

Unless you have the money to buy a luxurious country cottage with plenty of room to spare or a town house with high ceilings and a feeling of spaceciousness the majority of us will be living in modern town houses or 3 storey family homes and will be in desperate need of tips on how to make their house feel bigger.

We’ve put together a number of tips to help overcome this very common problem, if you can’t add extra space to a room create the illusion of it, small is beautiful!

Firstly you can make decorating changes to make an area look and feel bigger, without moving any walls! With colour, lighting and furniture arranging.

Clear out the Clutter

Having too much stuff in a small space is the first thing to make it feel cramped. Get things out of the way by using clever storage, organising clutter behind closed doors, adding shelving but making sure that anything that is on show is arranged in an orderly fashion

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Open Up

Move furniture and accessories that block the view into a small space, clear walkways and open space to make the room feel larger. You could also choose furniture that isn’t so imposing….armless or open chairs, low tables, ottomons for storage and any large tall pieces of furniture stand up against a wall rather than leaving in the middle of the space. The more floor that can be seen the bigger the room will feel.

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Colour Right

As nice as they are for making a room feel cosy, dark, warm colours close a space in whereas light cool colours make a room feel open and airy. For optimum effect select soft tones of blues and greens.

Tone it Up

Using a monochromatic colour scheme (using colours from the same colour palette) including tone-on-tone upholstery fabrics, textured wall finishes and delicate tonal drapery fabrics this will give your room a more open feel, as will cool and delicate warm colours.

Don’t Interupt

Contrasting colours tend to break up a space where pieces of furniture that are coloured to match the wall colour are less interrupting and will blend with the space creating an effect of greater space.

Let Light In

A room will always look and feel larger if it is well lit, either by natural or artifiial light. Get rid of heavy curtaining and let as much natural light in as possible. Alternatively add more lamps and introduce innovative lighting that can be moved around to create different illusions.

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See Through

Use materials you can see through, anything beyond them will feel further away.  Frameless accessories also help and the addition of glass tabletops, not losing style by keeping a sturdy wood, stone or metal base. The key is that the glass top will open up the space around the table.



A mirrored wall may be a step too far but adding a large mirror to a main wall or standing an oversized mirror against a wall will always make a room feel much larger. The space and light will reflect from the mirror giving a more open feeling.

This can also be achieved by adding mirrored drawer units and surface tops.

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Bigger is Better

Rather than having several small pieces of furniture or accessories go for larger statement pieces. With open space and large blocks of colour the room will feel less cluttered and become more calm and comfortable.

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Keep it Simple

Upholstery should be kept plain in colour avoiding bold stripes and prints, using only texture for interest.

If you want something other than plain colours go for soft floral or simple stripes but don’t overcomplicate it.

Source: Coral Nafie – How to make a small rom look bigger.

July 3, 2009

Venetian Glass Furniture – Assert Your Personality

Filed under: Venetian Glass — Laura @ 9:10 AM

Venetian Glass Furniture – Assert Your Personality

2009 is all about reclaiming your home, expressing your personality and putting renewed life into its unused corners – inject some style into your space with the Venetian Glass furniture range.

As 2009 looks set to be the worst year for the UK economy since the second world war, we are turning back the clock on our homes too. More of us are realising the grass isn’t greener – selling up and cashing in simply isn’t an option any more. And so, investing in furniture and home accessories is one way of putting your unique stamp on your home. The Venetian Glass furniture range at the Orchard Home and Gifts is chance to invest in a one-off piece of furniture that can transform a room, or a mark your very own corner.

Venetian Glass Furniture – Claim your Space

According to philosopher Julian Baggini, when we grow up space becomes shared. We give up space as adults, whereas when we are children, we put a definite stamp on our rooms as expressions of our personality or creativity. He recommends it’s time to reclaim your own space, saying doing so is a powerful way of creating renewed life for aspects of your self that may have been buried. Well placed Venetian Glass furniture – even if it’s in a corner of a room – can become a space just for you.

Venetian Glass Furniture for the Culture Vulture

Love to write? Consider investing in the Venetian Plain Glass Console Table. If you plan to invest in one item this year to update your home and reclaim personal space, this stunning mirrored 2 drawer console table is perfect to use as a stylish platform for your laptop. The two-deep drawers with gorgeous silver silver handles can be used as a fabulous dressing table or practical writing desk.

The Luxury of a Comfy Corner

Love to read? It can be hard to find space to read if you live in a busy home. Even if you can’t create a library, you can transform the corner of a room. Place your bookshelf next to a beautiful, comfortable armchair. The Chateau Linen Sofa Chair inspired by the French Provincial style is hand carved – a stunning piece of furniture with an overstuffed seat pad for ultimate comfort. Invest in a Venetian C-Shaped Side Table, topped with a striking Venetian mirrored lamp with a satin-cotton black shade. With this kind of elegance and luxury, you’ll be able to reclaim a corner of your house and rekindle your love affair with books.

Venetian Glass furniture – buying online

By far the easiest way to get access to a wide range of Venetian Glass furniture is to buy online. You get a great idea of how each piece looks, along with full measurements and descriptions so that you know exactly what you’re buying. Online prices are often lower than in shops, and you can usually benefit from sales or offers that reduce the price still further.

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