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
- 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??
He 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