Design Tips for Living Large in Small Spaces
For most of us, living in a small space is a fact of life in New York City. But that doesn’t mean you can’t live in style.
If your apartment feels more claustrophobic than cozy, it might be time for a massive makeover.
Following are tips MetroFocus collected from local designers to help you turn your petite pad into a luxurious urban oasis:
Work from the top down: Overcome the limitations of a small room with a pop of color, a touch of texture or a funky fixture on the ceiling. An overhead focal point draws the eye upward and increases the visual height of a room. Choose a color a few shades lighter than your walls for an uninterrupted floor-to-ceiling flow. Source: Jennifer Ellen Frank of Anasa Interiors. Frank has 20 years of interior design experience.
Bigger is better: People frequently make mistakes when it comes to proportions. A lot of small furniture can make a room feel cluttered and may trick the eye into thinking that everything else is also very small. Instead, arrange the room around a few prominent pieces to make the room feel sleeker. Source: LiFESTYLiNG® by Maria Gabriela Britto. Britto has 10-plus years of design experience.
Use a single color : A monochromatic room can feel clean and calming. Vary the tones and textures of a single color and keep all of your furniture in a light, muted palette. Break your color scheme with a few saturated accents. Source: Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture. Parnass has 15 years of experience in architectural interior design.
Create a loft: For studio apartments with high ceilings, elevate the bed to create a loft, which maximizes floor space and clearly separates living and sleeping areas. Source: Brigitte Starr, of The Smallest Coolest Apartment. Starr specializes in spaces smaller than 700 square feet.
Go for warm and cozy: Make small rooms feel very cozy, like a small jewel box. Use rich, mid-toned colors on the walls for a luxurious and inviting feel. Add wall-to-wall carpeting for a streamlined look and use a large, strategically-placed mirror to reflect the light. Source: Evelyn Benatar of New York Interior Design, Inc. Benatar has 15 years of interior design experience.