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Interior Design >> How to Design a Small Space

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Many people today have downsized to a smaller space for one or more reasons. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your design style. For some this would present a challenge, but lets look at it as an opportunity to be creative and shine.

Some feel a smaller space needs to be filled with lots of little pieces. Not so. Many times I’ve use just a few slightly larger pieces to make the room feel warm and cozy. With that said you won’t be able to use a lot of things. Choose key pieces, which are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. One key element, however, is not having a cluttered space. Try using a coffee table and end tables with drawers or even a storage ottoman for an additional hiding place. Books, magazines, remotes and even a laptop can be stored away when not being used. An open bookshelf will give vertical storage as well. Placing covered boxes on a shelf not only adds a design element, but also allows hidden storage to keep clutter to a minimum.

Lets talk about color. Using a monochromatic color palate will fool the eye into seeing a more spacious room. Choosing similar color tones for your walls, upholstered pieces and even draperies will not only create a sophisticated room, but will create balance and de-emphasize the lines and angles in the room. It will make the walls and ceiling appear to recede and add the illusion of more space.

Ever think about using mirrors to create more space? By placing them just right, you will create lighter, airier rooms. It will allow the light to bounce around the room, giving the illusion of a larger space. You need not spend a fortune either. Simply find a few in different sizes for interest and hang. Also try to add a few to your open shelving which would reflect the light back into the room.

Remember, the key to having a successful space, is to utilize your key pieces into doing double duty. Therefore allowing you to have a winning space. Enjoy!

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Christopher Porikos

Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts. www.christopherporikosdesign.com

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