One question that has been coming up quite a bit lately, is how do I make the most of a small space? I’m actually installing a small model this week to tackle that exact problem. Make sure you’re following me on Instagram (here) to see photos. For now, here’s some tips:
CONSIDER LIGHT PAINT
This may be a given, but light paint will (almost) always make a space look larger. Benjamin Moore’s Simply White (OC-117) is a great choice. If you don’t want to go white, consider a pretty light blue or even blush.
SHOOT FOR TALL CEILINGS
If you’re currently apartment (or even house) hunting, always consider your ceiling height. My lovely friend in New York has a 275 square foot studio with 12′ ceilings. I kid you not, it seems like a very large space (especially in NYC) thanks to her light walls and tall ceilings. If they were 8′ tall, I guarantee you it would feel dramatically different.
SCALE IN PROPER FURNISHINGS (OR CONSULT WITH AN EXPERT)
This is key in any interior, but especially important in small spaces. Make sure your furnishings are to proper scale in relation to your space. This is where consulting an interior designer quickly becomes worth your time. If you don’t know how (and most people don’t), have a designer take a look. They will measure it out, place the space in drafting software and make recommendations based not only on size but also how the furniture will flow. You will not regret it.
The living space I’m furnishing this week is TINY. One of the things I’m doing to capitalize on the room is adding three large floor mirrors to the dining wall. Mirrors are a little trick I always keep in my arsenal. Placed correctly, the reflection helps distract from smaller spaces. I would also be careful with overdoing pattern. Keeping things simple and clean helps from making small spaces feel tight or cluttered.
HANG DRAPERY AS HIGH AS POSSIBLE
As you can see in the header image, the drapes are hung nearly to the ceiling. Even though your window may not go that high, hanging your drapery up to the ceiling will give the illusion that the window is much taller than it actually is. Anytime you can play up height (whether it’s there or not) is smart in a small space
LIGHT IT UP
This repeats the sentiment of using light paint. Utilizing as much light as possible will also help a space look larger. I count five light sources in the tiny living room above (Don’t believe me? Take a look: ceiling pendant, three wall sconces and one floor lamp). When it comes to lighting, the more the merrier!
Now you’re ready to make the most of that tiny space! Happy Monday to you.
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