It can be challenging to design and decorate a small space. There are many factors to consider, all of which will affect the final product - from the overall look and feel (you don’t want it to ever feel cramped!), to ensuring your design aesthetic and personality shines through. At Once A Tree Furniture, we want to help you bring your vision to life no matter what the size of your home is.
Recently, we worked alongside interior designer Diane Bissonnette of Design Connection on a stunning, small space transformation for Global News anchor, Robin Gill. Diane has a true eye for design, so naturally, we asked her to share some of her best tips and tricks for achieving a livable, yet luxurious design in a small space - and she definitely didn’t disappoint. Read on for Diane’s tips for interior designing a small(er) space and check out a stunning, behind-the-scenes look inside Robin’s west coast home!
When working with a smaller space, it is important to not feel like you have to let go of all your full-sized furniture pieces. The secret is in how you select them and their color.
“Light”-en up your dining space
Pick pieces that are ‘light’ looking, instead of heavy or clunky. In Robin’s dining room, we went with a rounded, oval dining table with skinny legs, which helps give a softer look. Similarly, the dining chairs also feature skinny legs, as do the other accent chairs and even the sofa in this space! Elevating furniture on legs helps to create a lighter overall feel in any space.
Don’t be afraid to make a statement
Don't feel afraid of making a statement, even if you are in a smaller space. In Robin’s home, we’ve done this by utilizing bold contrast with black and white, but you can also do this by incorporating more saturated colors. Keep in mind, a splash of colour is all that’s needed, so be careful not to over do it. The black accents here not only help tie in the dining and living area, but also helps to create depth.
Combine function and style wherever possible
In a small space, it’s important to look for ways to incorporate pieces that are both functional and still speak to your style and personal aesthetic. This luxury Hemrik bedside table by Huppe was a great way for us to combine both a look of contrast in the space while also giving Robin some big, bedside drawers for added storage.
Use artwork to make a statement
Don't be afraid to use oversized artwork in a small space! Just because a space is smaller, doesn’t mean you only need to select smaller art. In fact, larger pieces are a fun and original way to add a touch of personality and luxury to any room in your home. Go bold! It makes a space more interesting with stronger statements, and acts as a conversation piece. Just check out the expressive black and white painting found in Robin’s Kitchen by local artist Michael Soltis and this stunning piece from Robin’s own collection centered over our Mix It Up console table by Trica!
Less is more when it comes to accessories
When adding touches of luxury accessories to a smaller space, keep in mind you want to dress it up without filling it up too much. Less is usually more when it comes to accessories to avoid a cluttered look, and one of my favourite tricks is to incorporate contrast to bring those items to life! By adding some neutral, luxury accessories that feature just a subtle pop of colour to Robin's studded black and white dresser above, we were able to warm up the space and add points of interest without creating a cluttered look.
We hope you found these small space design tips from Diane Bissonnette of Design Connection helpful to keep in mind when bringing a smaller space to life! Whether you’re looking for more design inspiration for a small space, just one room in your home, or even a larger custom home project, we’d love to help you create a unique space to enjoy for many years to come. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help and follow us on Instagram for more design inspiration!
Photo credit: Roger Mahler