Designer Glen Peloso on Small spaces – Breakfast Television

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Small spaces – Breakfast Television

  • 6 in 10 sales are condos
  • One sold every thirteen minutes in Toronto

1) Beware when Buying from plan

  • Each image is the same size so it is deceiving in terms of space

2) One you get it   – Stop with words like Small and Cramped –

  • Think cozy Intimate and charm  – just a better mind set to work from

3) First thing to tackle is storage

  • Closet company to create a more functional closet –
  • Space above the shelf
  • The space under the bar at 82 inches – consider double hang and more shelves –
  • If you have a bulk head over the closet consider taking it out and building in the closet with doors above and below – floor to ceiling access – more $$ but will help when you sell!! – worth it if you can afford it!

4) Decide on the function of the room — Doesn’t matter if unreasonable at first glance

  • living/dining/office/exercise/guest room — ??
  • Multi functional pieces of furniture is a must
  • Floor to ceiling shelving – 10×10 room is 100 sqft  on the floor – a unit 2ft deep and 8×8 uses 16 sqft of floor space and gives you 128 usable sq ft on the wall!

6) Select furniture that sits off the floor so you can see under it – give the illusion of more space

  • Glass and chrome furniture has little aesthetic weight in the space
  • Mirrored pieces (Venetian mirror) reflect surroundings creating space

7) Mirrors in general open up the space

  • But look to odd shapes -multi level mirrors – series of circles, convex mirrors etc
  • No one wants to look at themselves while they visit you or eat dinner
  •   Odd shaped mirrors reflect but don’t offer perfect reflection for “makeup” etc

8) Doors – remove the ones that aren’t necessary – like into the Den, office etc

  • Consider replacing necessary doors with ones with glass inserts – light and the sense of a room help open the space up

9) Painting

  • Paint the back of shelving units and recesses in the wall a darker warmer colour offers depth to the space
  • Paint the rest of the space a neutral colour like light grey, ivory, pale blue
  • White is a fine colour (or lack of colour) but often people think it will make the space look larger – really it just makes it look white – good if you are a dental office or art gallery – but for home??

guest blogger for decorium furnitureHe is also recognized as a design expert on The Marilyn Denis Show and from his past work as a host/designer of the internationally popular television shows Foodnetwork/HGTV`s Restaurant Makeover, and W networks ‘Take this House and Sell it’, and “Slice Network” show, Renovate my Wardrobe. He is currently a design columnist for The Toronto Star’s “New in Homes section” and the National Design Contributor for “Canadian Homes Trends” magazine www.glenpelosointeriors.com