Color is often used to influence mood. It can also create space. Furniture with color that visually blends into either the floor or walls can make a room feel larger than it actually is.
With the right design and smart use of space, less truly can be luxe.
Bigger isn’t always better. Better is what’s better. People—otherwise known as your clients—aren’t really interested in quantity, at least when it comes to home-purchasing and remodeling decisions. Quality is what drives them. Homes with a smaller footprint are okay, even desirable, so long as they are well built and well designed. It’s a societal trend that surely bodes well for you designers and remodelers. Plus good design is just more fun. You can create a luxurious space and still stick to budget. Read on for tips on how to take a less-is-more approach to your clients’ small but still fabulous digs.
Clutter can really muck up a small space. Discourage clutter collections by stowing your client’s stuff in storage benches and secretaries or by building an around-the-room shelf just above the doorways’ header.
For small kitchens, consider installing more functional open shelves rather than closed-in cupboards above countertops. Essential hardware like faucets can now accommodate lower hung shelving while also adding a punch of design to the room, so you are free to hang shelves in more reachable, useful wall space.
Light is important, but so is floor space. Visually interesting sconces, rather than bulky floor lamps, can add beautiful ambient lighting to a room. When natural light would best serve a space, glass block windows can do the trick without sacrificing privacy. Wall-to-ceiling windows are a glamorous space-opening option for those lucky clients whose small rooms come with a view.
Truth: little can be lovely, even in bathrooms. A clear glass shower door, for instance, is a luxury option that creates the illusion of more space. Similarly, a peaceful tone-on-tone color palette brightens the room for a clean, serene feel. Of course it is also ideal to coordinate the style and finish of the faucet with cabinet and door hardware as well as lighting fixtures since they are in such close proximity.