The majority of my business is centered around luxury interior design
, and my clients have very high expectations for the investments they make in their homes. The key ingredient for achieving success in this market has been providing great attention to every detail, even in the smallest of spaces.
Through my years of experience as an interior designer, whether for a 10,000 square foot house, a home renovation
, or for condo furnishings in a model home, my clients always want every part of their project to be useful and fabulous. Here are a few of my tips for making the most of small spaces:
TIP #1: ADD MIRRORS TO CREATE THE ILLUSION OF MORE SPACE.
The kitchen in this small Manhattan apartment has a more spacious presentation due to its mirrored backsplash. Photo from House Beautiful.
The mirror on the center wall (between two bedroom entrances) creates the illusion of more space and eliminates the feel of a "dead end". Photo from Elle Decor.
An entire mirrored wall, such as the one in this photo from Traditional Home, can be added to a space to greatly increase its volume.
This room, featured in Elle Decor, maximizes the space with a mirrored wall.
TIP #2: REFRAIN FROM OVERLOADING A TINY SPACE WITH TOO MANY SMALL ITEMS.
Instead, opt for larger, bolder selections of furniture, accessories, and art that can stand alone to make strong statements.
This tiny designer library could have felt very cluttered if it was decorated with small pieces. Instead, this large, Gothic bookcase creates a focal point and actually makes the alcove feel much grander than it is. Photo from Elle Decor.
This space includes only a few pieces of art, which creates a nicely executed room. Photo from Elle Decor.
This extremely edited space makes the most of its dramatic furnishings and wall art.
TIP #3: CHOOSE VERSATILE FURNITURE PIECES THAT CAN SERVE MULTIPLE PURPOSES.
Selecting furniture that is able to function in more than one way can really make the most of a small space. For instance, if you are short on dining space, choose other decorative tables and chairs throughout the house that can be pulled in for extra dinner guests, when needed.
In this designer's tiny apartment, featured in House Beautiful, this antique gentleman's chest serves many purposes, including a bar, desk, and child's bureau. When their daughter was small, it also served as a changing table!
An antique chest, such as the one shown in this photo from House Beautiful, can serve as a storage unit, as well as a coffee table.
This lovely midcentury Danish dining table finds secondary uses as both a desk and catering station at parties. Photo from Elle Decor.
TIP #4: HANG WINDOW TREATMENTS HIGH TO DRAW THE EYE UPWARD AND CREATE THE ILLUSION OF MORE SPACE.
These linen window treatments are hung at ceiling height for a dramatic and eye-lifting effect. Photo from Better Homes & Gardens.
These window treatments not only draw the eye upward, but they ground the space and create a sense of unity. Photo from Elle Decor.
These drapes are hung much higher than the height of the lower windows in order to elevate the ceilings. Photo from Elle Decor.
TIP #5: MAKE IT WELL-APPOINTED!
Just because it’s small doesn’t mean it can’t be fabulous! Add architectural detailing, such as molding, beautiful flooring, and treated ceilings. The details in smaller spaces are even more noticeable than in more spacious areas, since there is less room for the eye to wander.
Just because a space may be small or limited in storage, you can still make it fabulous! In this photo from House Beautiful, these antique doors were added to the closet to create exquisite detailing in the room.
In this awkward, small space under the stairs, this lovely banquette was added to create a charming area to gather. Photo from House Beautiful.
This blue antique cupboard was added to this built-in entertainment space to create interest, while also making the most of the storage area. Photo from House Beautiful.
If you want to make your home more fabulous, then contact me for an initial consultation.
NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!