Small Spaces, Big Ideas

Small spaces can be a challenge for both the designer and the homeowner, but having limited space doesn’t mean your ideas are limited. The idea is to make the space seem or feel larger than it really is, and this can be accomplished with a few tricks.

1) Use large mirrors at either end of a long, narrow room to reflect natural light throughout the whole room. Experiment by using a floor mirror at one end and a wall mirror at the other. The idea is to use the light and reflection to the give the room a more spacious feel.

2) Minimize large artwork on walls which in a small room, can give the space a closed-in feeling.

3) Use soft, continuous color throughout the house, allowing each space to move naturally from one to the next giving the illusion of larger rooms.

4) Maximize smart storage. If you love books but lack the space to store them, utilize tall stand-alone or built-in bookshelves that blend. These will not only provide you with the space you want, but they will draw the eyes up and away from the smaller dimensions of the room.

The same principal can be applied to anywhere in the house. In bedrooms with limited space, beds with drawers can give you twice as much storage without taking up additional space. In offices, built-in shelves can increase your work area.

5) Keep things simple. A lot of clutter can turn a small room into an overwhelmingly cramped space. Opt for light, neutral colors. However, simple doesn’t mean you can’t use statement pieces such as a large bed in a small room; it’s all about balance.

Decorating a small space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice personality. Regardless of the “rules,” dark colors, patterns, knick-knacks, wall coverings, and impressive drapes can be used in small spaces. When handled properly, they can enhance small rooms.

Remember, small spaces are about perception and organization. Possibilities come in all sizes.