Living Large in a Smaller Home

Monday, March 16, 2015 - By: Alison Michael

Senior Move Success is in the Planning

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Holly Pajak, Senior Moves By Design, NY

Downsizing a home can lead to lots of stress and anxiety for anyone who loves their belongings, but if you come up with a plan before you downsize, you can create a comfortable and stylish environment made for daily living.

How does one make a smaller home feel spacious while still including those things that you love? Think about your new home as a whole rather than approaching each room individually, rooms should flow from room to room.

Evaluate the Space

Changes in décor from room to room can undermine the perception of space, especially if rooms are visible to one another you want to consider colors and patterns.  You want continuity within the space.

The scale of the furniture matters and in some cases smaller scaled furniture is required. It is important to strive for a variety in scale. Don’t be afraid to use a larger accent piece to make a statement.

If you plan it correctly you can use larger pieces of furniture. Your planning should include how furniture is to be arranged in the new living space and how many pieces of furniture are in a given room.

Creating a Floor Plan

Good furniture placement creates visual appeal, but in order to achieve good furniture placement, a plan is needed. Furniture planning is the key to a successful transition into a small living area.

A good floor plan is developed by taking actual measurements of each of the rooms. Make sure to include locations of doors, windows, heaters, outlets, thermostats and other fixtures that will impact placement.

Measure your existing furniture while establishing your focal point. For instance, in your living room, the focal point might be a TV or window. Choosing the right furniture for the space can make an impact in creating your floor plan.

As part of the planning process, you will define the function of rooms. The function of rooms will in large part be determined by your lifestyle needs. When thinking about your furniture, think in terms of quality not quantity and wherever possible, utilize multi -purpose pieces of furniture like l an accent piece with storage that might be used for your TV a bookcase can also act as a display piece for knickknacks or books.

When developing an interior design, be sure to consider fabrics and materials as these will all work to together to form the decor. Avoid keeping fragile, delicate or rickety items as many times these items have outlived their purpose and are beyond their useful service life. Choosing a statement piece can add personality and ambience to your new space.

Elevations to Compliment the Floor Plan

Elevations are another key component of your move plan. An “elevation” is a drawing that shows the front or side of something.  A floor plan, by contrast, shows a space from above

With some planning you can take things that you may not think would fit in your new living space.

Planning for Success will relieve the Stress

The best tip for a successful downsizing transition is to plan ahead.  Keep in mind everything you bring should have a function or purpose and you must really love it and need it.

Consider your lifestyle now not what is was and what is really important so you create a comfortable and stylish home to live large in your right-sized home.

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