Small space living
Mark Dalton
December 1, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I have just purchased my first home in Australia and am now the proud owner of a compact 3x1 unit, the existing decor is a tad outdated and would like some advice or point me towards some ideabooks to restyle the kitchen and living areas on a budget, any ideas would be greatly appreciated
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Hi Mark, congrats on your new home. Is this furniture yours? Or the sellers? Who will be living here? Single? Family?
   December 2, 2013 at 2:20AM
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Mark Dalton
Hi Sharon, it will be just me and my partner we are in our 20s and she is still at uni for another year, I have set aside one of the quaint bedrooms for her as a study so I can concentrate on the main living areas, the furniture is all the old owners and will be removed by the time I get the keys, the floor is old sheet Lino and looks a lot worse than in the photos, I was thinking of replacing with maybe a white ash laminate floor but I am open to other ideas
   December 2, 2013 at 4:31AM
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Congrats and hi from Canada! Really lovely place. I love the kitchen and would not change much just make sure that any pieces of art in the kitchen are to scale, this previous owners art is too small. For the living room, not sure if you're tied to the flower decals? Her couch is too big so with that, try to get furniture that is not chunky. A couch and two tub chairs would be nice...maybe place the tub chairs either in front of the window or opposite the tellie with a small glass table in between. For the wall with the TV try a good sized credenza - you can put your tellie on (or hang on the wall) but would also provide storgage which is always needed. I would change out the ceiling lights too, something hanging in the kitchen and maybe a track light in the living room. Not sure how high up you are, but if you're not on the ground level, nice airy curtains. Replacing the floors would be great - watch for sales!! White ash sounds lovely throughout.
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From one Mark to another I suggest you read this short article on how to choose furniture for a small livingroom. Very informative. Congrats on your new home Mark !
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Mark Dalton
Thanks bobblet, love your ideas, the flower decals will be the first to go for sure and tub chairs sound great, what may I ask is a credenza? I am very new to interior design
   December 2, 2013 at 5:12AM
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Slipper chairs ( armless chairs) and low profile furniture will help to make your livingroom feel open and airy. Glass top coffee table, crystal lamps would be good choices. Mirrors help to open up a space, especially if they are across from a window. Keep your furniture in scale with the size of the room. A cabinet with storage would be useful to put your tv on and to store things in.
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hey, a buffet - may have drawers/cupboards but can set your tellie on or other decorative items.
   December 2, 2013 at 9:56AM
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Mark Dalton
I was thinking of mounting the tv on the wall as it is a pretty slimline flat screen model, maybe floating overhead cupboards or would this take up too much space in such a small area?
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Mark Dalton
Or would it be an idea to make use of some of this dead space on the adjacent entry wall as you come through the front door or would that overcrowd the hallway??
   December 3, 2013 at 3:41AM
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