One of the most common mistakes we see in small homes has to do with scale. While one oversized piece of furniture can make a small room feel larger, too much big furniture can quickly make a room feel cramped. Low, small-scale pieces—on the other hand—can expand the sense of space in a small apartment.
If you're decorating a small living room, think about furniture that sits close to the floor and feels visually lightweight. Pieces like these can emphasize the ceiling height while creating a casual hang-out kind of vibe that's usually well suited to a small space.
- Ligne Roset's Togo Sofa is a contemporary, space-age type of seating that sits on the ground, creating a comfortable and casual arrangement in a small home.
- Low furniture helps to emphasize height in a home with large windows and high ceilings (like Design Debutante's Little Loft, shown above).
- To create a variety of different spaces, use furniture at different heights. Frances' studio incorporates a high window seat, a low sofa, and mid-height chairs.
- Layering rugs and textiles helps a room to feel like a casual hang-out space, where people can grab a chair or a floor cushion. To see more examples from the family home shown above, click here.
- Neutral colors, low seating, and a large rug make Vinh's living room seem larger than it is.
- A daybed (like the one shown above from Nathan Andrew's home) serves as both sleeping and seating area. Low, horizontal lines make the space around the bed feel expansive.
- If you're working with one largish room that needs to fulfill several functions, try a low sofa backed by a console table, like the one shown in Kimberly and Josh's loft. This arrangement creates surface space for a desk or bar area behind the couch.
- One of the nice things about low furniture is the way it looks right at home next to a stack of books or casually placed side table. Heather and Paul's home uses low-profile pieces to create a laid-back, welcoming feeling.
- Jenny and Clove got a great deal on a low Ligne Roset sofa purchased via craigslist. The height of the sofa emphasizes the large picture windows above.
- Low, visually lightweight furniture works really well in a space—like Stefan's—with floor-to-ceiling windows. The low scale of the furniture keeps the focus on the view.
Photos: imcaffeine, Design Debutante, Phillip Maisel, Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Vinh, Nathan Andrew, Heather Blaha, Liezel Strauss, Jill Slater, Leah Moss