Today I want to share a trick for decorating small spaces. One of my main goals as a designer is to make spaces that not only look good, but truly function for the inhabitants. And one common challenge that many people face is making small spaces feel larger.
So an interesting thing happened the other day. I had to send my sofa slipcovers out to be dry-cleaned. You may recall that my living room looks like this (well, sort of...I've actually tweaked it for fall. I'll be sharing that soon!)
But once I removed the slipcovers, I noticed something. Although my two sofas are the same model (The Ektorp by IKEA) they weren't purchased at the same time, and the newer one is shaped a bit different - it has longer legs so you can see underneath it. And check out the difference it makes....
Forgive the fact that my sofas are missing their slipcovers...and wearing blankets instead. Lol!
The sofa with the legs seems lighter and airier. It makes the space around it seem larger. The other sofa seems large and heavy in comparison and dominates the space more, making it seem smaller. I just couldn't get over the difference. And now I'm wishing I had a budget to buy new sofas with legs. Lol!
Does anyone know if IKEA makes a slipcover for the Ektorp that doesn't have a dust skirt? I'm just loving the lighter feel of this sofa. So the moral of the story is...to make a space feel bigger, choose large pieces that have legs rather than skirts. (Or just don't send your slipcovers out for dry-cleaning, so you never know the difference. Lol!!)
After those slipcovers come back...I'll show you my fall-I-fied living room. I can't wait!