(Q&A provided by Italtile)

Downscaling? Or moving to a new home? We all want to take our prized furniture items with us when we move to a new spot.

Bringing the comforts of ‘home’ into your new home can help create a sense of belonging. But what if your new space is smaller? Or has completely different proportions? Can you use your larger furniture in a smaller space without feeling like you’re crammed into a doll’s house?


Design diva Melanie Ewing of Chapters Interiors helps unpack the mysteries of size, scale and proportion to help you find balance and harmony in your home design.  Get the scale, proportion and size right, and everything sings in glorious harmony. Get it wrong, and everything screeches at you.

Here’s this week’s question:

Q: I’ve got really big sofas and we’re moving into a much smaller home. Can I make my big pieces look good in a small space?

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Melanie Ewing:

You have a few options in this situation, if you don’t want your space to look crowned and cramped. Consider selling your existing furniture and getting more size-appropriate pieces.

Alternatively, only use some of the pieces you have (the ones that work best with the new space).

And lastly, you could reupholster or paint pieces of furniture to be as close as possible to the colour they are placed in front of – this will create the illusion of space.


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