Designing Small Spaces
Designing small spaces can be more personal and interesting than large spaces. A large space requires more attention in terms of planning, and accessorizing. Large spaces accommodate more users so vignettes must be created to allow efficient use of the whole space.
A good design satisfies your space requirements. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind when Designing small spaces:
- Select furniture that is not only stylish but functional. For example, choose a sofa that doubles up as a guest bed or dining banquette. Or, perhaps a dining table that also functions as a study or work table.
- Furniture must be well proportioned. Carefully measure for small spaces to accommodate all intended activities while preserving circulation space. An inch or two makes a big difference while designing and laying out furniture pieces in small spaces.
- Define a style that complements your personality – be it modern, rustic, traditional, etc. It has to be a style that will blend with and highlight your favorite artifacts or collections.
- Select color schemes that will create an illusion of bigger space. Make the basic shell (walls, floor, ceiling) in neutral colors like whites, beiges, light grays, greige (grey-beige)
- Design storage cabinets against walls in neutral colors to mimic wall colors so as to blend instead of stand out. This way, the sense of space is not lost.
- Use design tricks like mirrored walls to double the space and vertical stripes to create the feeling of height.
- Achieve a cozy ambiance through the use of accent directional lighting. Use soft, plump throw pillows with a theme color and patterns. Select artworks that will add color or pattern on an otherwise plain wall.
8. Lastly, unify furniture and achieve that comfortable, cozy look with area rugs – shags, kilims, woven – as these add that final luxurious touch for a well-decorated space.