Friday, December 20, 2013

Ideas for small spaces

The January issue of Southern Living has some good suggestions for working with small spaces.  That dark blue wood floor looks good; it's supposed to have a cooling effect during hot Southern summers; the 8 inch band of red paint at the base of the walls takes the place of millwork; and the area rug keeps it from being too blue.  Wall hangings and rugs add color and pattern to a room without taking up space.  If you can open up to an outdoor room, that helps.  Use the right-sized bed.  (A home owner found an antique Empire bed that's bigger than a twin bed, but smaller than a double.  (I imagine that there are custom-built beds.)  And check out the ideas for laundry rooms, libraries, kitchens, and offices also.  And there are more articles on homes, gardening ( I enjoy the Grumpy Gardener's column), and recipes.

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