Whether you live in a small apartment or sprawling abode, even the best-designed spaces have their limitations. Here at Guild Hall Home Furnishings we work closely with clients to make every inch of space count. In many ways, interior design is all about working with what you have. Most of us, at one time or another, find ourselves working under the confines of small bedrooms, bathrooms, closets…well, you get the picture. Here are some time-tested solutions and decorating strategies specifically designed to enhance smaller spaces.
Choose your furnishings wisely
For a small living room or sitting area, furniture that is slim and trim will always work best. When selecting a sofa, for instance, pick one with skinny arms and a tight back. Thick, heavy sofas with multi-cushioned backs and fat arms will not only look bulky, but also take up more precious floor space. Choose chairs with slender profiles, glass coffee tables, and open-sided bookcases. Low, long cabinets are ideal for organizing your entertainment center. These will free up sight lines, creating a more open, airier room, while still providing plenty of storage space.
Make cabinets, shelves and cubbies your friends
It might seem deceptively simple, but the right cabinets, shelves and cubbies can make a world of difference in a small space. For the kitchen, opt for open shelving whenever possible. Not only does open shelving let you display your favorite dishes and glasses, it also opens up valuable space that is lost with traditional boxy kitchen cabinets. For your living room, bedroom or office, attach cabinets, shelves and cubbies to the walls. This saves precious floor space and lets you customize your space to your needs. Finally, don’t forget that you can always switch out old furniture for space-saving pieces. For example, a night table can be replaced with an attractive chest of drawers that provides the same function while giving you ample storage space. Instead of a coffee table, why not use a handsome old trunk or space-saving ottoman?
Embrace a neutral palette
Choosing a neutral palette is an old trick for pushing back the walls and letting the eye roam freely, giving the illusion of greater space. Decorating with white or pale colors will reflect light, which helps increase the overall brightness and airiness of a room. And that old trick about decorating with mirrors? It’s true: a well-placed mirror can add depth and light to your smaller spaces, along with a touch of elegance.
Need hands-on help from a design pro to transform your small space? Meet with one of the design experts at Guild Hall for a space planning consultation and get the most out of your home or office layout.