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Designing Small Spaces

Designing a small office space, reading nook, or studio apartment can often feel like a never-ending game of Tetris, with function and style fighting it out to ensure ample space for everything. Without a plan, the process can seem daunting. 

Looking to make the most out of your petite dwelling? Here are our top tips for accentuating your small space with a few intentional design touches.

Take Your Time

Before you rush out to buy that stunning lounge chair or vintage desk you've been eyeing, take a deep breath and a moment to pause. Observing your space, ask yourself questions such as — What is the layout of my space? Are there architectural features to work with? Taking the time to measure and plan your design allows you to hone in on your dream aesthetic and unlock the room's full potential. Does the room get filled with natural light? How does the light move throughout the day?

Choose Your Palette

Repetition in color, palette, and texture can make a world of difference in enhancing a small space and creating a cohesive feel. For a tranquil retreat, we love mixing earth tones with warm neutrals. If you have wood or tile flooring, soften your space with linen textiles and delicate drapes. To create a moody aesthetic without darkening the room, we suggest incorporating soft black or navy blue finishes with neutral walls and subtle brass accents. Lastly, if you're looking to embrace your bright personality and style, add character to your space with throw pillows, area rugs, and accent pieces.

Create an Illusion

One of my favorite interior design tricks is utilizing bright colors and mirrors to create an illusion of space within a room. For example, adding a high sheen to walls helps reflect natural light, making the area feel open and airy. To take your illusion a step further, add a statement mirror to play with light and depth. Floor-length mirrors are a great way to draw the eye up and make the room seem taller, while a long horizontal mirror carries the eye around the room, allowing the wall to appear longer.

Get Creative With Storage

Often, the biggest interior design faux pas we encounter is a lack of storage, causing clutter, overcrowding, and an aesthetic eye-sore. When it comes to creating space in our client’s homes, we can create hidden storage everywhere. Use a coffee table with a lid or drawers to hide tv remotes, fill a pouf with extra blankets when not in use, and store excess clothing under your bed. When it comes to creative storage hacks, the possibilities are endless.

Embrace the Process

Ultimately, the most important interior design tip is to celebrate your unique style and embrace the process. After all, it’s YOUR space. No matter how small, creating your dream space is never too far out of reach.


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