The Art of Micro Living
The Art of Micro Living
Where urban practicality meets style – we get creative with our top Scandi space savers to help you curate the happiest of compact homes.
CHILL SLEEPER SOFA
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The Chill Sleeper sofa by SLS is the ultimate multi-purpose piece of furniture for a micro flat. By day you can have it neatly packed away and ready to host friends, and by night it folds out into the most comfortable of beds.SHOP CHILL SLEEPER SOFA
Our Honey Pouf has so many practical positions within the house, but the best part about it is its ability to double up as an ultra-sophisticated seat, or a coffee-table surface for your most-loved items.SHOP THE HONEY PUFF COLLECTION
IT by SLS
in forest mole
Modern, minimal pieces in paired-back silhouettes are another savvy space saver. The IT Dining Pouf by SLS can tuck away under a table, or hang out quietly next to your sofa, providing additional seating in your living room.
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” - William Morris
Lending a cosy new dimension to the concept of cocooning, micro homes are the latest trend in inner-city living. Going hand in hand with Scandi-style minimalism, these compact homes provide us the opportunity to dream bigger, slow down and do a lot more with a little less.
As more of us are migrating to major capitals for work and adventure, smaller homes and apartments (around 20-30m2) are making the lives we aspire to that much more affordable. Maybe it’s a spot on your favourite street, maybe it’s hopping onto the property ladder sooner than you’d hoped for. Whatever the benefit, a slight downsize in space doesn’t have to mean a downgrade in decor style.
Discover the beauty in simplicity
“You know you have reached perfection of design not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away.”- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
As with other major cities around the world, Capetonians are also opting into a more compact way of life with micro living encouraging us to relish the beauty in simplicity. It’s also an opportunity for us to look to the Scandinavian design principles which encourage us to make efficient use of our living areas. To consider each piece of furniture, its purpose and how much value it holds within our homes.
Our new Winter collection draws on the Danish art of living to bring you pieces that’ll create breathing room in a smaller home. From colour palettes to multi-purpose furniture, we’ve put together some living room decor ideas, to help you maximise a micro space.
The Palette Cleanser
Our top pick: The versatile Vincent Modular in Velour Matt Beige
Not only are neutral colour palettes calming, they tend to take up less visual space. This actually makes a room appear larger than it is because they reflect more light which tricks the eyes into adding depth. Scandinavians are known for making clever use of space, and you’ll notice that their homes have one thing in common – they appear minimalistic, clean, and light-filled thanks to a tonal palette of off-whites, earth tones and greys. Firstly, look to compact silhouettes in neutral tones like our Vincent Modular in Velour Matt Beige.. Then match the mood with other soft neutrals as you move onto finishing touches for the rest of the room. Top tip: mirrors also add depth as does soft lighting.
Our top pick: The Chill Sleeper Sofa by SLS in Forest Mole
Sometimes we make the odd sacrifice to live in our dream city or be close to our dream job, and space can be one of the things we compromise on. If you’re living in a micro studio apartment, student accommodation, or have opted for a bedroom that doubles as a living room too, our Chill Sleeper Sofa by SLS is the ultimate multi-purpose sofa bed for a micro flat. By day you can have this 3-seater couch neatly packed away and ready to host friends. By night it conveniently folds out into the most comfortable of beds, allowing you to snooze your evenings away in style.
The Small Space Solution
Our top pick: Foss End Table
When a room is overfilled with furniture, it loses a feeling of flow which can negatively affect your peace of mind. Micro-living means you have to be seriously considered in your furniture choices, picking smaller items that slot seamlessly together instead of awkwardly shuffling your way around items that are slightly too big for the space. Our Nordic-inspired Foss End Table is a great small-space solution constructed in solid oak with a solid brass patina inlay top. It’ll happily fill a hard-to-reach corner, slide in next to a bed, or double as a dinner party seat for those last-minute gatherings when you’re short on chairs.
Our top pick: Honey Pouf in Velour Matt Beige
Furniture items that serve multiple purposes are the quickest way to save money and free up space in the home. The Honey Pouf has so many practical positions within the house, but the best part about it is its ability to double up as a seat and / or a surface for your most-loved items. Ideal as a coffee table, it allows you to reduce the amount of furniture by offering a stylish alternate display solution. Got a movie night coming up? Clear this multi-purpose piece of furniture and use it as a footrest, or pull it up to the table to use as an ultra-sophisticated dining chair.
The Savvy Space Saver
Our top pick: The IT Dining Pouf by SLS
Modern, minimal pieces in paired-back silhouettes are another savvy addition when it comes to living room decor ideas for micro living spaces. The IT Dining Pouf by SLS, can tuck away under a table, or hang out quietly at your coffee table and sofa set-up. The elegant, leather-cased back frame doubles as a handle too, meaning it can be shifted from one side of the apartment to the other with ease.
As with any new home, a micro space presents a different challenge, but one that can be ultra-rewarding when you get all of the pieces of the puzzle to connect. Take your time to curate the items that make sense for fewer square metres, and you’ll end up with the cosiest of spaces that makes for the happiest of homes.