Jun 14, 2013

Top tips for small space design

We all love to make our small spaces appear larger. Sometimes the small size is fabulously cozy, has a great view, is in the right neighborhood, and is perfect for the budget.  Apartments are often created from larger spaces, and the rooms can have awkward nooks and crannies. My client purchased a small home where nothing was centered, making each room uncomfortable. Have a dilemma? Try one of my favorite small space solutions.
1.Problem: Lack of kitchen storage
Solution: Use the walls and ceilings,then try a rolling cart. Don't clutter cabinets with your pots. Hang them from a purchased or create pot rack. You can even use wire racks flush to the walls, and "S" hooks to dangle frying pans and small pots. The look can be technical and modern or rustic and traditional depending upon the rack, the pots and where they hang. No wall space? Create a rolling cart that you can use in another area as well....how about  dresser with wheels.

2.Problem: You have awkward corners and spaces.Solution: Consider an unconventional use for the odd space. Use alcoves for small desks,  narrow benches, and even built-in seating or storage. 

3.Problem: The footprint is small.
Solution: Try dual duty pieces: a desk that doubles as a dining table, a bench that can become a sofa table, a bed platform with roll out drawers serves as a dresser. Be sure your arrangement of those pieces supports multiple activities.

4.Problem: The kitchen is tiny but you dislike open shelves
Solution: By removing cabinets and hanging shelves your space feels open; it also can appear cluttered. Compromise.  Take off solid doors and insert glass panels on some. Then, make the most strategically located cabinet - like the dark corner - the one that becomes shelves.

5.Problem: Your rooms are dark
Solution: Use glass and mirrors. Remove solid doors and use glass instead. Can't replace the whole door? Use glass or even mirrored inserts. Capture extra light by hanging mirrors opposite a window or behind a lamp.

6.Problem: The space is bland.
Solution: Make a statement.  Create a focal point with a wall of art - family photos or posters are inexpensive and meaningful.   Adding molding to walls and doors creates architectural detail that adds depth and texture. 

7. Problem: It's a tight space.Solution: Use acrylic and glass. Dine at a glass-topped table and you will physically open the space. With solid tables, add some acrylic chairs that don't add any visual weight. When you need color, chairs like these resolve several design problems.

8. Problem: You don't have wallsSolution: Make them with bookshelves, partition screens, and even fabric panels. The bonus is that they add less weight than walls and can be moved around. A unique wall can be created by stringing old Cd's and suspending from a ceiling. Too modern for you? Use beads, strips of fabric or canvas, and add color as well as a divider!