Do you remember when it was a huge faux pas to wear white after Labor Day or when your shoes had to match your bag? It sounds so silly now because people don’t really follow these rules anymore, but there really was a time when ladies strictly followed those guidelines. Fortunately, the fashion industry has evolved and women are now dressing for their personal taste rather than following the rules.
In the same way, the focus of interior design has shifted from following strict design principles to showcasing your personality and making the space a true reflection of you. One of the common design myths clients mention when we begin discussing their small space is that it must “feel” bigger. I am usually happy to tell them that sometimes small spaces are actually intended to be small!
Small rooms should be small
One design rule you MUST break in 2018 is feeling the need to make small rooms appear larger. Small rooms, like a butler’s pantry, mudroom, morning room, etc…serve a specific purpose and are designed architecturally to focus on this purpose alone. Unlike a living room or master suite, these smaller spaces are used for a short period of time throughout the day and are use-specific. They are intended to be intimate and cozy.
Dark and Unexpected
Because some homeowners think that the space must feel bigger, I often see them painting these spaces in a light color to enhance the scale of the space…but not anymore! Pick out a fabulous, dark hue for your powder bathroom or wine cellar. The color will make them feel warm, close and comfortable. Treat these spaces like a hidden gem in your home with an unexpected wall treatment, wallpaper on the ceiling or a statement piece!
So it’s time to say out with the old and in with the new! We’re going big in 2018 by making those small spaces feel small, intimate and cozy. For more design tips and inspiration for small spaces, be sure to check out our Pinterest page and our Instagram.