Imagine fitting your entire living room and home office into one 100-sq-ft space.
Impossible? Dabito of Old Brand New makes it look easy.
He recently moved from Los Angeles to a shotgun home in New Orleans with a tiny living room, but Dabito styled his way out of a tight spot, transforming it into an astoundingly comfortable and multi-functional space.
Read on for Dabito’s 5 essential small living room decorating tips and make any little space feel bigger and better.
1. Go low + leggy.
When you have a small space, pick furniture that sits low to the ground, like this coffee table. It will make your ceilings feel higher.
Choosing leggy furniture also makes any room feel airer, because pieces like these take-up less visual space.
2. Go BIG.
Even with a small space, sometimes you have to go big. Start with large pieces and work around them. Dabito went with an 8×10 wool rug which is almost the size of his entire living room. It grounds the space and actually makes it feel bigger.
3. Walls are your best friends.
Dabito uses a modular system to store his books, cameras and tchotchkes all the way to the ceiling. He added a small desk component to make the system more functional, and painted the brackets gold so it doubles as an eye-catching statement peice.
4. Art and mirrors.
Add art and mirrors, and you create visual interest in your small space. The only problem is that art can be expensive and hard to find. Dabito turns to magazines to discover frame-worthy art.
5. There’s always room for plants.
There is always room for plants in any space. No worries if you don’t have a green thumb. Dabito buys single palm leaves from the floral shop and puts them in vases like this one. These stems can last for a few months if you change the water and snip the ends weekly.
Featured: Peggy Sofa // Carved Wood Ellipse Coffee Table // Triangle Edge Wool Shag Rug // Design Workshop Modular Storage System // Mid-Century Media Console // Acorn Gallery Frames // Atelier Stella Vases // Half Moon Desk Lamp