Decorating a Small Space

Just because your room is small, doesn't mean it can't have style and style doesn't have to be expensive. You can add tons of personality to your small space with just a little paint, lighting and the right accessories. Don't believe the myth that a dark color makes a room feel smaller. If your room is small, it's small and a wall color isn't going to change that. And what's wrong with small? I like a room that feels cozy and welcoming. One of my favorite colors to use is called Oyster Bay by Sherwin Williams. It's a beautiful gray with blue and green undertones. And its sister color, Sea Salt, is also one of those colors that you will love for years to come.

Sherwin Williams, Oyster Bay

One question I get asked a lot is about painting one wall an accent color. Honestly, I'm not a fan of this unless your room is large and the accent wall is truly highlighting something beautiful. If you love a paint color, but you aren't ready to commit to painting your entire room with it. Then, bring that color in with a rug, art or on a piece of furniture.

My biggest piece of advice, before you paint your walls, is purchase a sample container. You can either paint big squares directly on your walls or on a poster board. A color will look totally different in your room, than in the store and those 1 inch sample cards are not to be trusted!

Lighting is one my favorite parts of any project. It's truly the "jewelry" in your room and not only includes what hangs from your ceiling, but lamps as well. If you can live without a ceiling fan, a chandelier in a small bedroom adds a ton of personality and doesn't take up any floor space. You can also use wall-mounted lamps if you don't have room for night stands.

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

When hanging lights, make sure they are hung at the correct height. The best height for a chandelier over a table is 32 to 36 inches from the bottom of your light to the top of your table. Pinterest has some great information on lighting placement.

Finally, another great way to add personality to your small space is with accessories. Invest in a few larger pieces instead of a ton of smaller things. It feels less cluttered and is less to keep clean! Accessories also look best in odd number groupings - 1, 3 or 5. Also, varying the height will give you a true designer look.

It's really easy to fall into the trap of picking up accessories at the big retailers, but finding accessories that tell a story are so much better. Like something your child made at art camp, crafts from local festivals or even something you find while on vacation. These are things that will truly bring personality into your small space.

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Balmoral {take three}

  I'm sitting here in Arkansas, writing this post, with the doors and windows open.  It's 70 DEGREES OUTSIDE!  I've been in heaven this week as I'm normally a hot mess on installations.  Especially in the summer.  This trip has been very exciting as new furniture and lighting has started to arrive.

If you want to catch up on this project check out this post and this one to see where we started.  We still have lots to do, but it's been a rewarding trip and my clients couldn't be happier.  I'll be back in August to get most of the rooms finished and I can't wait!

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Balmoral {take two}

Sorry for such a delay in posting.  I can honestly say, I've had zero free time to blog these past few weeks.  I've been finishing up a few projects, moving forward with even more and starting new ones.  Who said summer was the time to slow down? This week I've been in Northwest Arkansas helping my favorite client (who happens to be my sister) move her family into their new home.  We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  The first few days, I swore those boxes multiplied at night and the paper is out of control!  Before she moved in, we had almost all the walls repainted, but the biggest change was in her kitchen.  We turned a very traditional kitchen into one that is more modern and definitely lighter!

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We are replacing most of the furniture, but I wanted them to get into the space before we ordered anything to make sure our choices were perfect.  After a few discussions and some painter's tape to visualize the new sectional, I have a long list of new things to order on Monday.



In addition to new furniture, ALL of the lighting is going.  After we walked through the first day, it was apparent that only two rooms could stay (the master vanity lights and the guest bath light).  Between the two of us, we have spent hours finding just the right pieces for each room and I couldn't be more thrilled with the direction we are going.

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balmoral 2balmoral 1One of my favorite rooms (so far) is G's room.  She is 12 and we spent a lot of time selecting fabrics and paint colors.  We decided on pale pink walls with a teal accent wall for behind her bed.  Then, we painted all her doors navy blue!  So unexpected and fun.  Like everywhere else, her room is a work in progress, but here is a sneak peek.

Still so much to do...

I'll be back in Arkansas in July to start the furniture install and supervise the lighting installation.  Until then...

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Balmoral {take one}

  I'm excited to share a new series on my latest project, Balmoral.  This project holds a special place in my heart because it's my sister's house in Arkansas.  I gave you a little sneak peak here on how the house currently looks.  It's really beautiful (on the outside) and the floor plan is perfect for their family, we just need to make it their own and the first item to change on the list is the WALLS!  My sister is a huge wallpaper fan and we started selecting those this past weekend.  Here is one of four we plan on using.  Sorry for such a small photo!

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Inspiration for the color palette we are thinking for the dining room - indigo and blush!
Inspiration for the color palette we are thinking for the dining room - indigo and blush! Insert reference to Steel Magnolias here.

My sister is really embracing bold color in this house and indigo seems to the common thread throughout the main rooms.  We are even thinking a very light shade of blue (on the gray side) for the main color of the house.  Paint samples are starting today, so we'll see which one makes the cut.  In addition to the walls, we are replacing all of the lighting.  Every last fixture!  We met yesterday to start looking at possible choices.

We really liked this one - her husband's reaction was "it looks like it belongs on a cruise ship" and I think he could be right!

This one is definitely a contender, just need to figure out the perfect spot!

I'm happy to be sharing this journey with all my readers.  You also may have noticed a new look to my blog.  I have moved it over to a different platform, so I'm still getting used to it.  The photos are done differently and the layout is more difficult, but I'm getting there.  Please forgive my growing pains and all the different fonts!

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