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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Studio and one-bedroom apartments tend to have living rooms that are tiny. The biggest mistake you can make is choosing a sofa that is too large for the space - not only will it dwarf the room, it will also play havoc with traffic-flow. Here are some tips to ensure you select a suitable sofa:
1. Avoid traditional high-backed sofas with large rounded arms and over-stuffed cushions as they are visually bulky.
2. Choose a neutral or pale coloured fabric - darker colours will instantly absorb light, making the room feel more crowded.
3. Modular sofas are rarely a good choice in small spaces as they take up a great deal of floor space. However, if you must have a modular, be sure that they are only ever positioned into the corner of a room so the return doesn't 'float', creating an unnecessary barrier.
4. Low, narrow, streamlined sofas with metal legs are a good choice as they will promote a sense of openness.
5. Avoid pattern at all costs - it will only create visual chaos.
6. Draw up a scaled plan of the room so you can see how much space you actually have - it is difficult to accurately visualise furniture in a room.