Country Living Easy Transformations: Small Spaces and Cozy Cornersby Janice Easton-Epner, The Editors The Editors of Country Living
Give your home's awkward spots and tiny nooks personality and charm by following the expert advice in this beautifully illustrated guide. With these easy-to-implement design solutions and creative ideas from Country Living, overlooked corners, oddly shaped eating spaces, tiny studies, and other undersized areas may soon become your favorite places to linger.
One ingenious tip is to use color to overcome small space challenges. Make rooms with high ceilings seem cozier, for example, by adding color only partially up to the ceiling line. Or create a smooth transition between different colored rooms by "graying down" the shades of intervening hallways and staircases.
We all know how important first impressions can be. Shouldn't your entryway be as warm and inviting as the rest of your home? Enfold foyers and vestibules and their furnishings in fabrics, colors, and themes that reflect the style of your living areas. Even a simple decorative touch like a well-placed chair or mirror can help finish the space and connect it to the rooms beyond.
Liven up a windowed corner with shelves for flowering plants. Or arrange shadow boxes casually in a corner instead of hanging them regimentally on a wall. The result is warmer, more evocative-and an unexpected twist on traditional country style.
Make the most of the space you do have. The barren place at the top of the stairs will make an ideal reading alcove, while the neglected space between windows will be the perfect spot to display treasured collectibles on shelving.
Using the guidance found on these pages, it's easy to transform your entire home into a showcase-one corner at a time.
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