An excellent way to make a smaller space feel slightly larger is to paint its walls and ceiling the same muted color. The continuous color blurs the lines between where the walls end and the ceiling begins, making the room feel taller.
When space is at a premium, consider going big with a single piece of art instead of grouping lots of small pieces together. Here, an oversized, mixed media piece by Courtney J. Garrett adds graphic impact to the wall yet stays proportionately in check with the room's furnishings.
If you're in need of heavy-duty furniture with a chic look, zinc-topped tables and desks may be the perfect fit. This versatile Parsons table can be used as an extra serving space or impromptu workstation. The metal top can stand up to the wear and tear of everyday use.
When decorating coffee tables or occasional tables in extra-tall spaces, long floral arrangements can help fill the vertical space. Bells of Ireland are readily available, pack a nice punch of green and can last up to two weeks.
If your multipurpose space is used by both adults and kids, consider upholstery fabrics that will help mask accidents and spills. Medium-gray tones pair well together and are excellent alternatives to beige or tan.
If your home has basic, contractor-grade baseboards and crown molding, you can help them recede by painting them the same color as the walls. If you have custom or historic millwork, painting it ultra-white will draw the eye toward it, turning the millwork into one of the space's standout features.
When space is at a premium and you want a dedicated space for crafting, consider pairing an easel with multipurpose seating. This room is fully equipped with a spot to paint canvases thanks to a collapsible wooden easel and a trio of metallic garden stools.
Installing light fixtures that are too current or trendy can jeopardize the charm of an older space. Instead, create timeless lighting by choosing fixtures that are classic in styling and materials. This iron chandelier with leather straps is traditional, but it could also blend with modern and traditional-style decor.
If your room doesn't allow for a sectional sofa, try pairing a three-seater with a pair of comfy armchairs. To keep the overall look from becoming disjointed, look for armchairs that are no more than three inches taller or shorter than the back of the sofa. Keeping one consistent height among the seating elements adds balance.
Adding a mix of feminine and masculine lines can help create a gender-neutral space. While the tailored sofa in this room is laced with an air of masculinity, the light French armchairs add a feminine touch.
Homeowners with active kids and pets don't have to sacrifice style for substance. Indoor-outdoor accessories are a great way to create an inviting space that can withstand busy hands, feet and paws. The area rug of this multipurpose room is engineered to withstand stains and moisture, and it's also UV-resistant. Though it’s designed for outdoor use, it has the look and feel of a high-end indoor rug.