When Bigger Isn’t Better: Small Rooms and How to Decorate Them

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We were delighted to be featured in a recent roundup of interior designers and specialists on how to decorate a small room.

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Our Director, Charlie Mackinnon, had the following to say: ‘Antique furniture can be a great source, as many of the pieces were made to fit smaller interiors.  These pieces will fit in seamlessly to a modern interior when selected alongside contemporary pieces and will create a striking impression when putting together in a room.’


Boudoir from the Hôtel de Crillon Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection

In honour of small rooms, we have selected a few of our favourite small rooms from historic interiors as well as depictions of these small and intimate spaces.  Shown above is a boudoir from the Hôtel de Crillon designed by Pierre-Adrien Paris in the 1770s, now on display as a Period Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


Thomas Rowlandson, The Music Lesson (Reflections) Yale Center for British Art

Thomas Rowlandson, who we have featured on our blog in the past, often set his figures within small interiors, which added a sense of intimacy to the scenes.  Shown above is an amusing depiction of a music lesson between an amorous young couple with an elderly man, presumably the girl’s father, catching their reflection in the mirror.


Simon-Claude Constant-Dufeux, Design for a Small Salon Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection

Simon-Claude Constant-Dufeux’s design from the mid-19th century for a small salon features richly coloured curtains and upholstery with additional gilt highlights to add a bit of grandeur to the cozy space.


John Gregory Crace, Design for a Morning Room

John Gregory Crace, a famous British designer from the nineteenth century, created a charming design for a morning room featuring wainscoting, striped curtains, and painted walls.



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