What do you do with an impossibly small room? Interior Designer Dona W. --ASID shares her thoughts!
As a New Yorker, I grew up in a town where space was at a premium. The challenge was to get the maximum amount of seating and storage in a limited space without it feeling cluttered and doing it with style. Here are some tips to successfully design a small space:
-Keep the scale of the sofa small. A settee or loveseat could also work very well and allows room for side tables and lamps on either end. Select a sofa with clean lines and exposed legs for an airy look.
-Use multifunctional pieces: an ottoman that doubles as a coffee table, or smaller ottomans that could be used for extra seating. Pieces such as storage ottomans and trunks used as side tables can provide much needed storage.
-Transparent materials such as lucite or glass take up less visual space.
-Mirrors can visually expand a space.
-Fill the vertical space to draw the eye up. A large piece of art can be dramatic and can actually give the impression that the room is larger and grander than it is.
-Warm colors advance and make a room seem more intimate, while cool colors recede and give the illusion of spaciousness -- something to keep in mind when selecting a color palette for your small space.