Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Big ideas for small spaces
After living in all sizes of dwelling, from a 120sq ft boat, to a 1000 sqft house, and just about everything in between, I've learned alot of tricks that can show you how to use colors,furniture placement special installations and other devices to create the illusion of space.
Have a snmall kitchen or bath, try painting the walls a bright color and keep the cabinets, trim, and ceiling white to refect the light. when it comes to window treatments, the more light you have the bigger your space will seem, choose sheer fabric curtains.
And as small furniture may take up less space, and gives an open feel, it usually is not as comfortable as larger pieces, so make do with fewer large pieces in the room. Built-ins are also to be considered. Murphy beds, window seats, bookshelves and shallow cabinets can save space and provide storage while adding design interest.
A few last tips……
*Furniture using clear materials like glass or Lucite give the impression of openness while delivering function.
*Lamps set at different heights brighten small rooms and make the room seem larger.
* Round tables, rugs, pillows, sofas and chairs with curves help a room feel less boxy.
*Floating shelves in place of cabinets add storage but look airy and chic.