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Style secret: Scale, proportion, compositionThese tenets are essential to any well-designed space, but they’re especially important in a room with so many disparate parts. Paying special attention to fundamental principles helps ensure that each element feels of a piece. In less skilful hands, this living area could have looked like a garage sale gone mad, but peek closer and you’ll see how well balanced it is. Dramatic draperies hold their own against the sultry sofa, and the coffee and breakfast tables add just enough presence without fighting for the spotlight. Despite the tumble of artwork and accessories, there’s nothing accidental about this space.Road-test itBefore you bring a piece into an eclectic room, consider its relationship to the setting. Does it overwhelm everything else, get lost in a sea of openness or crowd the space? If so, maybe there’s a better spot in the house for it.
The superfeminine, ultraplush version of the settee. I can see Lana Turner once lounging here.
Curvaceous furnitureSmall-scale furniture and careful planning are key in a tiny space that must serve many purposes. Round tables and furniture with curvy shapes make moving about in compact rooms easier, while glass or Lucite tables create more visual space. Furniture with curves also looks less bulky than rectangular or square pieces.
Tricky space 7Tiny studio apartmentThe solution Small-scale furniture and careful planning are key in a tiny space that must serve many purposes. Round tables and furniture with curvy shapes make navigating tight quarters easier, while glass create more visual space. Ample storage will make your life much easier, so look for smart designs that sneak in extra space. You could use storage ottomans instead of a coffee table or an antique dresser instead of an entertainment centre, or even hide an entire wall of shelving behind attractive curtains on ceiling-mounted rods.Wondering how to live large in a tiny apartment?