Small spaces: Expert solutions
Most of us have one – a small space, that is. Whether it's a hallway, living room or entire home, areas low on square footage needn't also be low on form, function and style. Check out what our experts have to say on how to make the most of it.
Furnishings should be multifunctional, like a coffee table that comes with roll-out footstools for extra seating or drawers for storage.
Cathy Burnell, Decorator, the Decorating Shoppe, Halifax
Use as much floor-to-ceiling wall space as possible for built-in cabinets and shelving that provide storage and/or display. Opt for leggy furniture instead of boxy or skirted upholstered pieces to create a light and airy feeling.
Ilona Feldman, Design consultant, IMF Design Concepts, Hamilton
Install adjustable rods and shelves in a small closet. It allows you to adapt to seasonal and lifestyle changes while maximizing space.
Evelyn Wild, Professional Organizer and Design Consultant, California Closets, Concord, Ont.
Exchange swinging doors with sliding doors to free up floor space. Minimize furniture, clutter and heaviness.
Monica Kuhn, Architect, Toronto
Colour is one of the best tools for a small space. The trick is to keep walls and large items the same or similar colours. The line is blurred between them, decreasing the mass of the furniture and increasing the volume of the room.
Mitchell Freedland, interior Designer, Vancouver
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