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Room Ideas

Style Tips for Small Spaces

Apartment living or downsizing can be a challenge. With the absence of excess space, rooms become multipurpose. A living room also turns into an exercise room, the entranceway into a mudroom, and sometimes the bathroom doubles as a laundry room.

With the restrictions of small spaces, it’s a challenge to find balance between showcasing your personal sense of style and recognizing that your home needs to be inviting and practical for you and your family.

From multi-functional furnishings to small apartment ideas, here are five style tips for small spaces to help infuse your sense of style into a small living space:

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1. Declutter

When everything has some sort of sentimental value, it’s really easy for your home to get cluttered. Our lives often seem too busy to even attempt this first step, but we suggest taking 10-15 minutes each day to tackle this task. Get rid of those papers that you may not need that are piled up on the counter, don’t hang on to those clothes that you don’t wear anymore, donate them. Take inventory of all of your kitchen gadgets and appliances. Which ones do you really need and use?

2. Neutral, Light Colors

When it comes to small apartment decoration, painting your walls in neutral and light colors visually opens up the space and makes it look much bigger. Choose between white, light woods, blush pink and soft grey for your foundation. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a peek into a bold color for accents though. The key is to remember to balance out that brighter color with softer tones so the room doesn’t become too overwhelming.

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3. Oversized Wall Décor

It may seem counterintuitive to hang an oversized piece of artwork on a tiny wall, but having one large, commanding piece can draw the focus away from the size of the space and toward the art itself. You can also help a room look less cramped by hanging a large mirror on the wall or paneling your closet doors with mirrors. The reflective surface gives the illusion of a larger space, which makes the room feel a lot less tiny.

4. Furniture that fits the room

Don’t go too big with your furniture. If you have low ceilings, choose pieces that sit lower to the ground. This can help create an effect of having higher ceilings. A coffee table could double as a storage bench, or you could push two side tables together as a coffee table with the ease of being able to move them around to add extra space when needed. If you work from home, create a built-in desk area inside an unused closet, nook or any unused space in your home. If you can, find a way to camouflage the space too with a rod + curtain or a sliding door. Hidden storage is optimal! For your dining area, a glass or clear table will keep the appearance of an open and free space.

5. Custom size rug

Now for your fifth wall, the floor!  A light-colored flooring will make the room appear brighter and more open. Our design team recommends the Patola collection in Cosmopolitan for your living room.  Or perhaps you want to have a little more fun with animal prints? Check out our  Savanna Scenes Cheetah. It’s easy to create the perfect custom bound area rug for your rooms, just pick your favorite broadloom carpet and provide your measurements to your local Karastan retailer. When you have small spaces, it’s essential that everything from area rugs to furnishings is the right size.

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Do you live in a small space? Share with us some of your favorite tips for stylish living in the comments!

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Trends

Fashion and Flooring: The Impact of New York Fashion Week

With New York Fashion Week upon us, we’re excited to see all the luxurious new spring styles from the most famous designers around the world. With models strutting down the runway this week, unveiling the spring’s most anticipated styles, it’s easy to see the impact that these creations have on flooring as well.

Here are the biggest trends we see making their way into flooring design:

The Color of Fall

Red has always been a popular color, but this season, it’s whites and creams that are stealing the show. Regal hues, like the creamy Sandstorm from the Worstead Elegance collection, is a perfect base for a monochromatically designed space or paired with a bright pastel.

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(Worstead Elegance)

Power in Plaid

As New York Fashion Week continues, a trend we expect to see is the re-emergence of plaid. The timeless style has the versatility to be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the rest of the out.  When it comes to flooring, designs like our Woolston Plaid follows along as one of this season’s hottest, most adaptable looks.

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(Woolston Plaid)

Mix and Match

One of our favorite styles on the rise this week is the mix-and-match look. Clothing designers are pairing sleek leather jackets with bright, tattered pants in gorgeous innovative designs. In flooring like Karastan’s Patina Multi rug, flooring designers are combining random clouds of color with a distressed rug appearance.

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(Patina Multi)

Gold is Good

For many, yellow isn’t the obvious color choice when choosing an outfit to wear or what flooring to purchase. This season, Stylecaster predicts that golden tones like saffron and goldenrod will bring the luxury of gold back to the forefront. Live like royalty and keep your room in style with luxurious comfort and a brilliant golden glow Karastan’s Modern Vision in Winter Wheat.

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(Modern Vision)

Flower Power

Florals are another trend on the rise. From Warhol inspired neon shades to simple vines dancing across the floor, flowers are taking over all corners of fashion. In flooring, floral patterns are a timeless trend that adds texture without overpowering the rest of the room.

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(Glovenia)

Big and Bold

Flashy and extravagant styles are what we look forward to during fashion week. Bold statements like big boots, bright colors and layered designs will be seen at shows throughout the week. If your personality is bold, we recommend rich carpets with intricate layered designs to keep your home looking chic.

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(Empress Kirman Black)

What are your favorite fashion week trends? Share with us in the comments!