Downsizing has become the new up-sizing and I couldn’t be more excited. It use to be people chose small homes strictly because of budgetary constraints. But in this fast past culture people are choosing to live in homes as small as 300 square feet not only for their ability to cut costs, but for their efficient uses of space, and simplified living.
No doubt small homes become more efficient when customized by a designer with built in furniture or tailored interiors, creating that big impact. But, customizing your space to make life easier can also get expensive. So, here are a few of my tips to make the space you have feel larger without having to break the bank.
1. Select small-scale furniture.
Keep sofa and chair seat depths to 34” - 38”. Look for low profile sofas and chairs, ones with low backs and arms or arm-less.
2. Select lightweight appearing furniture.
Choose small frame or glass furniture as well as furniture that are light in color thus appearing light in weight. If you are doing a bathroom renovation, choose glass shower doors over a shower curtain, which becomes a visual barrier likewise, you can replace wooden doors for glass panels doors.
3. Select furniture that reveals more floor space.
Longer legs on furniture allow the floor line to continue, expanding the space visually letting your eyes take in every inch of space that exists.
At an early age I set out to see the world, and while having already visited over 50 countries, I feel that my journey is just beginning. For me, travel and design go hand in hand. Whether seeking out great shops in trendy neighborhoods or exploring the architectural environment around me, discovering design inspiration everywhere I go enriches me to transform a client’s needs and desires into their dream home.
Mike Howard is an award-winning designer specializing in kitchens, baths and small space design.