Maximizing Small Spaces

Small spaces may seem like a big roadblock in beautiful design, but this need not be the case. Here, the design specialists at Sunnyfields provide tips on how to maximize small spaces in your home.

Choose a Light Color Palette

While darker colors have a visible shrinking and slimming effect, lighter colors tend to make spaces look bigger and brighter. Creams, light pinks and light grays, as well as light blues and greens, all have a soothing and calming effect as well, making your living space a tranquil retreat. Carry this color palette throughout all design elements, including walls, flooring, cabinets and furniture. Worried an even-tone space will feel boring and bland? Play with texture and patterns to keep a space from feeling flat and non-dimensional: materials like granite, marble, metal and fine wood can feel particularly luxe, while easily accommodating multiple color palettes.

Create Visual Tricks with Mirrors and Glass

Making a small space seem larger is all about “fooling the eye,” and creating the illusion of expansive areas. A great way to do this is with mirrors, glass and other see-through or reflective pieces. These pieces either reflect light—which opens up a space—or reflect an image of the space, making it seemingly double in size. This technique can work within any design aesthetic, whether traditional, modern, or quirky. A great way to achieve this effect would be with mirrored cabinets, a fireplace with glass elements or beautiful glassware pieces used as decorative touches.

Pick Fewer, Larger Pieces That Have Multiple Functions

A small space chock full of small pieces will seem cluttered and unwelcoming. It may seem counterintuitive, but larger pieces actually make a small space seem bigger and grander. Think about pieces that can function in multiple ways: for example, a customized kitchen island, designed so that small chairs can be tucked underneath it when not in use, can act as a workspace and an eating area. Streamlining the number of pieces in a space provides a clean, airy feel—ideal for a smaller area of your home.

Customize Your Design

Choosing a design team who excels at custom-design work is the best way to maximize a small living space. Custom-design pieces are uniquely tailored to your specific needs, ensuring that every available inch of space is used in a valuable and aesthetically pleasing way. Make your space work to your needs with custom-design pieces!

At Sunnyfields, we are reinventing the idea of a home center in Baltimore. With a focus on quality craftsmanship, superior materials and dedicated customer service, we are excited to assist Maryland and D.C. homeowners with their cabinetry, millwork and giftware needs. For more information about our design team, processes and more, contact us today—we would love to hear from you!