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A few simple suggestions for small space design

By Dianne Daniel Special to QMI Agency

If you like the appeal of carefree condo living but are put off by the challenges of life in small spaces, it’s time to arm yourself with a tape measure, masking tape and, most importantly, an open mind, says Jim Fairweather, owner of Toronto-based Distinctive Spaces.

“Buying on impulse is the worst thing to do in a small condo,” says Fairweather, an interior designer who specializes in small space decorating and design. “When you go furniture shopping, take a tape measure and a digital camera … then go home and lay it down on the floor with masking tape.”

Planning is the only way to ensure things will fit, even when considering the pieces you want to keep from your existing furniture. Fairweather also recommends sticking to styles that are “tighter and cleaner” with low backs and legs. Things to avoid include bulky, over-sized chairs and sofas with big round arms.

Think outside the box

With many one- and two-bedroom condos offering as little as 300 to 500 square feet of living area, one of the biggest challenges is storage space. This is where homeowners need to think outside of the box in order to come up with creative solutions. Distinctive Spaces worked with one client whose bedroom was so small she was using it as a closet and was sleeping on a futon in the living room.

The solution? Fairweather doubled the available hanging space in the two 20-inch closets provided by the builder simply by lowering the original rod and hanging an additional one in the wasted overhead space. He also built additional “seasonal” closets in the area designed to hold the water heater and furnace.

Other storage tricks include replacing coffee tables with storage ottomans, purchasing bookcases with doors that can be used to hide extra dishes or linens, and strategically placing floating shelves or shelving that travels from floor to ceiling. Even the top of the toilet tank is an unused space that is perfect for baskets.

Use every little corner

“You’ve got to make use of every little corner that you can,” notes Fairweather. “One place we did had a fireplace with a small alcove next to it — maybe 14 inches wide — so we built in a series of shelves.”

When it comes to colour choices in small living spaces, designers suggest sticking to one main colour throughout, using accent walls to add a bit of interest. Lighter colours generally work better than dark colours which tend to make spaces close in. “I try to stick with more neutral colours on the walls and then let the artwork and whatever’s on the floating shelves be the star of the show,” he says.

Other suggestions that help to make small rooms appear larger include: using blinds or solar screens in place of heavy drapery; replacing directional track lighting with fixtures that provide better overall illumination; using mirrors to reflect natural light; and, purchasing floating night stands that take up less room and are less distracting than solid furniture.

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