New downsized sunroom with existing loveseat storage ottoman, chest, lamp and stool

I’ve been working on a downsize decorating project since the middle of July, from new construction to move-in day. Now, it’s time to decorate.

From what was seen regarding color trends and styles at High Point Market, we are right on trend. Bright colors and traditional motifs are on the rise and are back in style.

With this downsize decorating project, it was imperative that we only use existing furniture purchased a few years ago. As luck would have it, all the furniture purchased then is still trendy.

One room of note is the new sunroom, living up to its name and already filled with natural sunlight. The walls were kept light with Benjamin Moore’s Linen White. This color was used throughout the house with white trim.

Because we were utilizing the gold-fabric loveseat and storage ottoman from the den in the original house, placement was important. To take advantage of the view of the open-concept kitchen, and the dining and living rooms, as well as the beautifully landscaped backyard, the loveseat and ottoman were placed at an angle, creating an inviting seating area and cozy reading space.

Area-rug options for the sunroom

The sunroom would also serve as overflow seating from the dining and living rooms when entertaining.

One benefit to the open-concept home is that now all the furniture will be utilized in this home rather than placed in a separate living room, dining room and den separated by walls.

Once the loveseat and ottoman were placed, a small decorative chest was positioned perfectly under the double window. This piece added interest to the room, with the gold frame of the chest and mirrored drawers. We added pops of color by using a cornflower-blue accent lamp and a pear-green garden stool. These pieces made the move from the original home, where they were showcased in other rooms.

Switching up accessories from one room to another also creates a new look. The pieces purchased for the sunroom would be the floral painting of bright color and an area rug to ground the space. Pillow covers were also purchased to cover existing throw pillows that no longer worked in the space.

One important aspect of downsizing is that the smaller square-footage is going to be a main concern when taking existing furniture with you. Creating a clean, fresh new home is important for an easy transition. Taking every piece of furniture from the larger home isn’t necessary.

A pre-planned strategy for the move is crucial. By measuring the new living space to ensure the proper fit of existing furniture, you allow for a list of items that will make the move and a list that won’t. Eliminate the extra task of having to get rid of furniture taken to the new home that you’ll end up not using. Also, the additional cost including it in the move will be eliminated.

Debbe Daley is owner and principal of Debbe Daley Designs, with offices in Lowell, Boston and Portsmouth, N.H. Debbe can be reached at www.daleydesigns.com.