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 Friday, July 20th, 2018

April 3, 2010

The Upside to Downsize Decorating

The upside to downsizing mean less, which means less clutter and less time cleaning.

Initially when moving to a smaller home, down-sizing can feel like a step backward. But I like to look at it as a new chance to express yourself. Out with the old - literally, get rid of everything you haven’t used in two years. And bring in the new. If you can’t fully part with the antique living room furniture set you inherited from Grandma 30 years ago, consider keeping just the side chair, and mix it with a modern clean line sofa. Give the other pieces to family members who appreciate the nostalgia of it all. And keep in mind that “matchy-matchy” is out and eclectic is in!

The upside to downsizing mean less space, which means less cupboards, drawers, shelves, floor space, pots, pans etc. This in turn means less clutter, which in turn means less time cleaning. The key word here is efficiency. Put your cut-throat streamlining hat on and you will thank me for it later.

Even though your space it smaller, a more minimal and open plan design to create the illusion of more space. That is not to say you cannot add color or interest to a room. A brightly colored settee or kitchen work surface can help visually separate your new open space. And can cause less visual interruptions than a typical room divider, which I would caution against as it can make a space feel both cluttered and smaller.

And try to find multi-functional furniture, a coffee table with storage underneath and headboard with bookshelves and lamps built in.

Keep a very similar color and decor scheme throughout the whole house, as the move from room to room will come awfully quickly and you don’t want the transition from the cowboy room to pink powder room to be too jarring.

And don’t forget, wherever you live you can make a living room paradise outdoors that just might get you wondering if your downsized house needs to even be as big as it is.

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