What price space? Many of us choose to live in a large city where in most cases, square footage is at a premium. Perhaps you’re downsizing and moving into the city in order to be close to great shopping, museums, theaters, fabulous restaurants, and excellent medical care.
No matter the reason, a smaller home will be your best choice both in terms of cost and convenience. Best of all, a smaller home requires less upkeep.
Smaller spaces, however, need clever design tricks to make your home functional, beautiful, and feel larger than it actually is.
Here are some HOUZZ examples that show you how:
COMBINING SMALL PIECES WITH REGULAR SIZE
Use stools and ottomans along with regular size furniture. They will give you more seating without taking up a lot of space. What you don’t want is all small-sized furniture. It will make the room appear even smaller
KEEPING COLOR UNIFORM

By using a paint color that is close in color to furniture fabric allows a blending into the room and gives the feeling of more space.

FLOATING CABINETRY

By keeping legs off of the floor, the eye sees less cluttered and feels more open.
GLASS OR ACRYLIC FURNITURE
Using glass or acrylic makes the furniture appear almost invisible. However, watch your legs when passing to avoid bumps and bruises!
ADD A MIRROR

The oldest design trick in the book, mirrors almost always double the illusion of space. Plus you receive the added advantage of bouncing light around the room.

TALL BOOKCASES
By taking bookcases all the way to the ceiling, the eye goes upward giving the appearance of a higher ceiling and more space. Also, adding another sofa across from the existing one would have cramped the space. The single chair is perfect.

EVERY BIT OF SPACE COUNTS

Modern Family Room by Scott Weston Architecture Design PL
If you have stairs, utilize the space underneath. In this space, it’s the perfect place for extra storage and who among us has too much of that? Especially true in a smaller home.
Until next time…
Blessings from my home to yours,
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you live your rooms—not the other way around

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