How to Decorate With Traditional Furniture in Small Spaces

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Decorating with traditional furniture in a small space includes working with things like wooden frames, padding, cushions and upholstery. Decorate with traditional furniture in a small space with help from an interior design professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I’m Faith Sheridan. I’m at the Seattle Design Center at the Duralee showroom, and I want to talk about using traditional furniture in a small space. First, what is traditional furniture? Traditional furniture has a wood frame, padding, cushions, and upholstery. It’s also what I like to think of as familiar furniture – the furniture you’ve grown up with. Generally, in traditional furniture the arm width on chairs and sofa tends to be six inches each, or, altogether, one foot of the width of the piece of furniture. In a small space, every inch counts, and for that reason I like the narrow arms that are on the sofa that I’m seated in. It’s still very comfortable, trust me. Well-cushioned, supported, luxurious seating. But, we’ve just gained six inches in our small space without losing any comfort by merely having a smaller arm. So, as you translate that into a small space, the smaller frame of this upholstery is also better in proportion to the rest of the elements of a small room. So, I want you to think about small traditional furniture when you’re selecting items for your home. Consider adapting a narrow arm, and remember that every inch counts. My company, Faith Sheridan Design Group, is here in Seattle, and I’m glad we got to talk to you today about small furniture in a traditional setting.

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