Large windows fill the small living room and kitchen with natural light, creating a bright, airy atmosphere that works to make the space feel larger. The custom sectional is designed to sleep an extra guest.
Make the most of a small living room with windows and small furniture. A wall mounted bench and small love seat keep it easy to pass through the room, and French doors extend the living space out onto a patio.
When decorator Nick Olsen moved into his 525-square-foot studio in New York City, the walls were painted white, in keeping with small-space convention. "But the place just looked gray and dingy," says Olsen. And so, rather than just slapping on a newer, brighter coat of white, he painted the apartment's main room Oregano Green (Benjamin Moore 2147-10), in an oil-based metal enamel, to resemble lacquer.
"Although the apartment is small," says Olsen, "it's actually rather grand with 12-foot ceilings, huge windows and a high-relief fireplace. So I felt it would be a shame to tone it down with a pale color or white." For even more impact, he painted the doors glossy black and the trim white, and added a deep teal velvet sofa. Olsen didn't shy away from bright color in the 35- (yes, 35!) square-foot kitchen either, wallpapering the fridge in a bright spring pattern and painting the walls and the ceiling Sea Mist Green (Benjamin Moore #2041-50). "To make color work in a really tiny room like this kitchen," Olsen suggests, "paint the walls and ceilings the same color so you're eye doesn't stop at the ceiling line."
Small but striking, this contemporary living room uses a rug to set apart its seating area. The white sofa blends into the white walls helping the sightline feel open while custom elements like the scroll bench punctuate the sophisticated design.
As seen on HGTV's hit show Cousins on Call, Anthony and John take advantage of the high Cathedral ceilings and highlight it with track lighting. The black leather seating helps to accent the neutral colors on the walls, which are decorated with the Pachuliks' wedding photos.
A large, deep beam runs through the center of the living room, but the crown moldings were designed to match its look and minimize its heavy feel. Moldings are flat, stepped strapwork with a simple geometric base and casings.