Design Your Small Space – Design Lesson 18

Design Your Small Space – Design Lesson 18


Hi everyone. Welcome to another design
lesson video! In each video I’m going to review some key design principles that
you should keep in mind when you’re thinking about renovating or decorating
your space so if you have a design dilemma and need some answers feel free
to comment in the section below with your questions or you can tweet me your
questions on twitter @DESICHICKEE. Your dilemma could become one of these
design lesson videos right here in the meantime let’s get to today’s topic so
many of us live in small spaces and there are so many challenges when space
is lacking I always tell my clients that I can’t create space that doesn’t exist
but I can definitely make use of the space you do have in a more creative and
efficient way so that you’re maximizing every square inch so let’s get to it
these are my top 10 design tips for living in a small space the golden rule
of living in a small space is that you really need to be diligent about stuff
there just simply isn’t enough room for everything you’ve been holding on to or
would like to hold on to so it’s time to purge it’s time to ask yourself the
tough questions like do I really need this or is this item really important to
me I try to keep things that I only really need and or really bring me joy
yes Marie Kondo is all that and more once you’ve purged it’s much easier to
organize and being organized means everything has its own place if you
can’t find a place for something like your vacuum cleaner then maybe it’s time
to mop and Swiffer instead being adaptable is also key in a small space one major misconception when you’re
living in a small space is the need for small scaled furniture hence the new
phenomenon of the apartment sofa instead of a standard 84 inch sofa apartment
sized sofas are between 68 and 72 inches in length because they’re meant for
smaller spaces they tend to be shallow in seat depth and have slimmer arms and
profile but there’s no reason you need to outfit your entire small
faced with small furniture in fact choose a few larger scaled pieces like
an 84-inch sofa if it fits obviously and add smaller scaled furniture to
complement it like smaller sized side tables instead mixing up the scale of
the furniture is a great way to make your small space feel like you’re not
sacrificing comfort for size in an effort to mix up the scale and size of
your furniture consider the visual weight of your furniture look for pieces
that are airy and light so that you can see more space in and around them
hairpin furniture legs do just that you can find dining tables and dining chairs
or even side tables another classic is acrylic furniture the transparency of
the coffee table allows your eye to continue moving through the space
uninterrupted also look for a sofa with legs versus feet or a skirt for a
lighter look in small space living every little bit of open space is valuable
space let’s say your living room is really small
perhaps your living room doubles as your bedroom to having a coffee table sit in
the middle of the only real space you have to move around in is perhaps not
the best use of that space instead of one coffee table in the middle look for
small tables that can be easily moved around with ease I love small cocktail
tables like these or better yet invest in nesting tables where one table
becomes many when you need more surfaces you can split them up and use them
anywhere in your home lighting is key for any interior but it is especially
crucial for small space living table lamps aren’t always easy in small spaces
because surfaces tend to be more important for other uses
so consider lights that can be attached to the walls to free up table space
place wall sconces strategically so they can light up tasks as well as the walls
I love adjustable lights for that reason and floor lamps can take up very little
space by tucking them into corners or behind furniture we all need closet
space but swinging closet doors tend to get in the way of much-needed floor
space a much more practical solution is removing the closet doors altogether and
using a simple tension rod with a curtain to close off
the closet the space where the door would normally swing into can be used
for other furniture or even larger scaled furniture like a queen-size bed
instead of a double or create a closet where there is none
don’t let doors get in your way color can make a space feel open and
bright it can also make a space feel closed and dark so you decide how you
want your space to feel white interiors always look more open and more spacious
than they actually are so consider light colors for that open
airy feeling and be strategic about color placement maximize natural light
coming through your windows by keeping drapery light as well on the other hand
if you want cozy and dark then go all out and pick a dark color maximize your
small space by painting the walls and ceiling this color go glossy for a
little extra magic and you’ll be living in your very own beautiful jewel box the
most important double duty furniture usually comes in the form of storage
having furniture that doubles as storage is a great way to hide stuff while
performing some other tasks for instance beds with drawers underneath are a must
a bench in your entryway is the perfect spot to take your shoes off but can
double for storage as well and cubed Ottomans can play three roles here they
are centered in the living room as coffee tables and then they can be
pulled away for additional seating all the while full of storage inside your
floor space might be full but your wall space is valuable extra real estate look
for ways to use your walls efficiently and creatively open shells are great to
display your stuff maximize your work space by stacking them like this and a
pegboard system can really add a cool factor to your space like this there’s no smoke here mirrors reflect
light that’s all there is to it placing a mirror in the right place can
make your space feel larger and brighter instead of artwork above a sofa why not
add a series of mirrors to reflect light coming in from the window it expands the
space visually as well and I love a large floor mirror leaning on the wall
to create the illusion of more space beyond so here’s your take away small
spaces don’t have to be cramped and dark start by decluttering and organizing
making sure everything has its place mix furniture scale and size taking into
account their visual weight as well consider multiples of smaller pieces
instead of singular larger pieces play with lighting color and mirrors to
create the illusion of more space and finally be creative with storage and how
you access that storage and how it can be a creative element to your home your
small space is just waiting for a big transformation thanks for watching my
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20 thoughts on “Design Your Small Space – Design Lesson 18

  1. Can you please share some advice on how to mix wood? I am thinking to do a wood floor and a wood wall in same color tone, not sure if thatโ€™s going to be too much?

  2. Thank you for another wonderful, informative video. I especially like your concise advices, further underpinned by visual examples.

    I live in a 65sqm flat, and through the years learnt to shun overhead lighting with the exception of the dinningroom, bathroom, and kitchen areas. This creates opportunity for manipulating our perception of space; leaving parts in partial shadow tricks the eye into believing the room is larger (it may sound contrary, however it truly works).

    Another thing is thinking outside the box when it comes to furniture functions.

  3. Thank you! Do you have any information on the wall lamp with swing arm over the couch at 4:01? It's great.

  4. Hi! I am just loving your videos, I've binged on them all day long
    I wanted to send you a design Q but it was so long and i wanted to include pictures so…. I sent it to your instagram. I hope that's okay!
    Thanks for putting yourself out there and making awesome videos ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. those spaces was huge in comparison to our rental. I would like to see some modern and pretty multi purpose furniture for the multi purpose rental room ๐Ÿ˜œ

  6. Just found your channel and it's so helpful and comprehensive! Thank you for your effort! I'd looooove a video about toilet designs.
    Not bathroom, but specifically teeny tiny guest bathroom types of spaces with nothing else but a tiny sink and a toilet. Bathroom stalls in restaurants and hotels are often so well designed, with dark colors, natural materials and a lot of character. Though the only thing I usually hear as advice is "use white on everything so it looks bigger"? I think that's futile on less than two square meters (10-15 square feet). I want my toilet to have lots more character, because where else to explore and go crazy than in this tiny space that doesn't matter that much to the overall vibe of your house?

  7. Very organized, concise and optimistic video. You won me over! Will be watching. Many thanks ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ ๐Ÿ’œ

  8. can you please give some decorating advice for a beach house thats not all blue with the usual shells and anchors!

  9. I put a wetmop swiffer cloth on my swiffer vaccumme. That way I don't even need a mop. The one with open windows scent is lovely.

  10. Hello. I have a lounge that has two parallel walls that are long and two short, opposite each other. A balcony and large window is the opposite wall as you walk into the space. Which is a short entry and window wall. I'd. Love to paint my walls a dark grey. One of the long walls has an office doorway near the balcony door. Should I do the entire room or specific walls? And what type of dark grey? And the best complimentary colours if I should only do specific walls? And which walls would be best to paint the dark grey? And should I use the same colours in the office, and which walls to help compliment each other. Thank you in advance!

  11. There are hundreds of designers out there now but you have good, practical advice that makes sense. We just moved to a smaller space and you are helping me make it a home.

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