He’s the chief of chic, known for his inspiring interiors and for famously saving straight men from certain design doom on the hit show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (2003-2007).
Style at Home: When designing a small space, where do you start?
Thom Filicia: Be efficient with the way you use space. Make it multi-functional – your communal areas should be able to go from everyday to evening entertaining. To maximize space, you have to understand furniture layout, traffic flow, lighting and storage (which is a big deal in a small space). Be clever integrating those elements, and use designer tricks.
S@H: What kinds of tricks?
TF: Applying high-gloss paint to the ceiling to make a room seem taller. And using mirrors to open up a room. A mirror can be used in a way where you don’t see it as a mirror but rather as the illusion of having space. It’s very effective. If a small space has only one window, you can create the illusion of two windows with an extra mirror, which will also bounce light into the room.