Stephanie Coscarella was born for this job. She looks at a home as a work of art, and applies her talent, her eye for beauty and her expertise of home décor to transform her clients’ abodes into perfectly personal, inspiring living spaces. It was summer break, and Stephanie Coscarella was savouring the time off from school as an English and communications student at York University when the realization hit her: this was not what she wanted to do with her life. “It dawned on me
How to Make a Small Space Seem Larger
Stephanie Coscarella | Saturday November 16 2013
If you’ve got a tiny “home, sweet home”, you’ve probably felt the aches and pains of restriction. It can be rough trying to cram all your belongings into only so many square-feet – a real drain on your energy and creativity! But thankfully, with a few tricks of the trade (and some secrets of my own), you owners of small abodes can easily turn your small space into a perfectly arranged haven.
The first trick is to have less furniture pieces – but the pieces you pick should be larger in scale. Surprising, right? Never place small-scale furniture in a small room – it shrinks it visually.
Find one large piece of artwork that really speaks to you, and hang it on the wall. This will help to set the scale of the room.
Make sure there’s low contrast between the paint colours of the trim, walls and ceilings. (No lime green against purple, please!)
Texture is your best friend. Remember this when choosing your furniture, fabrics, wall coverings and rugs!
Speaking of rugs, a large rug is smashing for a small space.
Statement decor pieces will go a long way – but keep away from little trinkets.
Edit your accessories! Remember, less is more in a small space.
Think perimeter lighting: place pot lights close to the walls, especially in corners. This really opens up the room.
Try pulling your furniture two to three inches away from the wall – this will create more breathing space.
Every room needs a black or a black and white accessory. It allows the eye to pause and rest on something in the space. I like to call it “relief” – a nice prevention of claustrophobia!
When designing your small space, the challenge is knowing the design rules – but also knowing when to break them. Trust your designer! They know the secrets of maximizing a room.
Until next time,