If you're decorating a small space, you may reach a stopping point when it comes to furniture. How do you increase the utility of your space without just filling it up with clutter? Modern, clean furnishings are a start, but there are also some tips you can follow to make your space appear larger.
Focus on Thin, Light Pieces
Imagine a heavy wooden table in a dining room: while it's elegant and attractive, all that mass is going to make the furniture seem larger. As a consequence, the room will seem smaller. When you purchase furniture for a small space, you want to focus on thin, light pieces; pieces that almost look "airy." This balances out a smaller space by not occupying as much of the space, even if the actual furniture takes up the same "footprint."
Look for Internal Storage
The more storage a piece of furniture has, the more useful it is in a small space. Coffee tables, end tables, and even couches and beds: all of them can come with internal storage, which will reduce your need for other storage-related items.
Try to Find Collapsible Furnishings
Consider a dining room table that has a removable leaf, or a kitchen table that has drop leaves to the sides. Many chairs can either collapse or be fit under the table that they go with. The more collapsible your furniture is, the easier it will be to put it away when you need some extra space.
Look for Light Colors and Mirrored Surfaces
If you don't want a small space to feel cramped and claustrophobic, you need light. Using furniture that has light colors and bright, mirrored surfaces is one of the best ways to bounce around natural light (and even unnatural light). Try to avoid dark colors in general, unless being used as bold accents.
Use Your Vertical Space
In small rooms, you often have just as much vertical space as horizontal space. Using shelving, you can take advantage of this vertical space for both utility and decor. Consider wall-mounted televisions, and bringing lamps onto the walls rather than onto the floor. The more space you use on your walls, the more you save elsewhere.
Looking at furnishings in a showroom is often the best way to get a real feel for them. A furniture dealer or your local Knoll distributor may be able to give you more insights into the best pieces of furniture for your home.