With the surge of condos, the need for small furniture that maximizes the potential of the space is growing. People need to take advantage of each nook and cranny but still want to be comfortable and stylish. Here are some tips:
Look for pieces that have more than one use. If you need a desk but don’t have enough room, look for a dining table that will meet both needs. If you tend to have guests stay overnight, invest in a sofa bed which will maximize the use of your space. Coffee tables with shelves, storage ottoman are also great space savers.
Mirrors are a great way to make any room seem larger. If you position them across from a window it will be a great spot to receive natural light and reflect it to the rest of the room.
A great idea for tables and chairs is to select clear/glass materials. This allows for more light to travel through the small space and decrease visual cramping.
Invest in large bookcases that can serve multiple storage needs. This can be placed in a central location and store books, dishes, bins, baskets, treasures, linens, and office supplies.
Many condominiums feature open concept living spaces and furniture is a great way to divide it up. For instance, it might make sense to place your sofa in the middle of the room and the tv on the wall facing it. You can then place a console or buffet behind it which can be used to store items for both living and dining.
Select fabrics for your furniture in a variety prints, patterns and textures. It will create a cozy, welcoming environment that will also distract from the size of the space.
When selecting rugs for a small space, leave room for your flooring to be visible. A rug will anchor your furniture. To make the room appear bigger, choose an area rug in a light color.
Use chandeliers or pendant lights to create a focal point in the room. The use of lamps will also make your space warmer and seem bigger.
Choosing larger pieces of art to hang on your wall can make a room seem bigger.
When selecting a paint colour for a smaller space, it is important to choose a light colour which will make the space seem bigger and brighter.
Article Written By: Tara Bennett, Design Consultant at Decorium, Yonge Street