June SMART Design Tips

SMART TIPS for small spaces:

Simplify – Small spaces look larger when there is less clutter, artwork and accessories. Use larger scale (but fewer) pieces of art & accessories that have high visual impact. Look for furnishings that do double duty – especially for storage. Use blinds and/or single panels to eliminate a heavy or overdressed look around your windows.

Make it Cohesive – Carry a basic color scheme throughout the house. Select one or two anchor colors and two or three accent colors. Repeat patterns in your furnishings (like floral duvet in bedroom, floral panels in dining room, floral artwork over fireplace) in different areas of your rooms.

Arrange Properly – Don’t plaster furniture against the wall. The wide-open space in the middle won’t read “big room” but have the opposite effect. Create smaller, individual activity areas in the rooms for more function and better use of the overall space available.

Read Spacious & Tall – Create the illusion of height by raising drape panels a foot (or more, space allowing) higher than top of window. Use a floor mirror in a strategic spot in your room to double the visual space. Dark wall colors recede, and can make a small room look larger, especially if accented with crisp white trim.

Tone it Down – Keep one color and surface that doesn’t change throughout the home – like flooring, trim molding and doors or ceilings to unify all the spaces. Use large planes of solid colors in each room, and use secondary colors in smaller splashes to avoid the “circus “effect.