1) Use one type of flooring from room to room to create a seamless flow.
2) With wood flooring/tiles use light tones of stains. Wide planks or large tiles will add scale to the room. Fewer lines (grout/join) will prevent the eye from stopping on each line and crate limitless space. Lying flooring diagonally will visually expend the floor space.
3) Use plain, large area rugs with small prints in light tones. It will draw the eye wider, and make that living space appear bigger. Again, the fewer lines, the less limits.
1) Use natural, white, and off-white paint colours. Trim and detailing in the same colour as the wall in high gloss. The light hue scheme will make the room look airy, and the high gloss on trims with reflect the light, draw the eye up, and highlight the ceiling while also adding interest to the walls.
2) Leave the windows uncovered. If adding drapes, be sure they are the same colour as the walls. Breezy fabrics like sheer drapes are a great option if privacy isn’t an issue.
3) Use a large framed mirror on a wall or stand an over-sized framed mirror against a wall. Not only will it eliminate shadows on walls, it will also reflect the light and create the illusion of a larger space.
4) Add a large piece of artwork on a wall. It creates a focal point, and adds a sense of height and space.
1) Synchronize wall and furniture colours. Choose hues that are in the same colour family, and use tone-on-tone woven upholstery fabrics/rugs. Contrasting colours tend to break up a space. Pieces of furniture are less interrupting, and tend to blend with the space.
2) Use a few large, simple pieces of furniture instead of many small ones. It will eliminate clutter and add scale to the room.
3) Include see-thru furniture, such as a glass table or Lucite/acrylic chairs. Anything beyond will appear farther away.
4) Avoid oversize furniture. Opt for small profile sofas or smaller accent chairs. Furniture that is raised on legs creates the illusion of more space. It is all about creating a sense of openness and movement. Furniture that is streamlined allows light and air to flow not just over, but also under and around it, so that it appears to float in space.
5) Consider adding floor-to-ceiling or wall-to-wall bookcases. It will expand how high your ceilings look, plus it’s a great way to add storage needed in small spaces. Open shelving is recommended.
6) Place the furniture away from the walls, spacing them in the centre of the room to create a sense of coziness and roominess. Always leave a little air in between the sides of your furniture and the walls.
Small is beautiful, easy, and practical! Small spaces are all about editing and compromising, and making some adjustments to your lifestyle in order to make everything fit. The more pieces, possessions, and patterns you have in a room, the more cluttered it will feel. Smart decisions will give you the space you need while making your room extraordinary and welcoming.
About The Author
Kasia is one of La-Z-Boy Coquitlam’s In-Home designers. She received her Interior Design education from British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2001. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Arts from Kotarbinski University in Poland. Before immigrating to Canada, she has worked in both Poland and Germany and was the owner operator of her décor boutique in Poland.