Whether you’re just arriving or you’ve been here all along, life in the Big Apple is smaller than you think. As we have already written, process and design have to work together for a harmonious space. To really live big in any of the boroughs, your space should be a collection of vignettes and features. The following are five categories to consider when designing for an area with significant constraints. All of the suggestions are exactly that, but if you take these 5 points (layout, color, storage, layers, and personality) into account, you can make a big life in a small space.
Master bedroom seating area layout
LAYOUT. Define meeting rooms with carpets according to your traffic patterns. Objects and furniture can be grouped to further define the space.
Retro wood desk with gallery wall
LAYOUT. Choose parts that fit your space – size and proportions are critical to a balanced appearance of your home, whether on the floor or on the wall.
Round white breakfast table industrial chairs
LAYOUT. Use everyday objects as partitions. Curtains, a bookshelf, a sofa or even a potted plant divide a room without disrupting the spatial arrangement.
Loft bed shelf storage
CAMP. Work up. Arrange things vertically rather than horizontally. Raise your bed, install shelves, and take advantage of the space above the kitchen cabinets.
Organized kitchen wall storage
CAMP. Use the walls (knives, jewelry, hats, books), any recesses are an opportunity for shelves
Small Space Solution shoe rack
CAMP. Hide clutter! Use uncomfortable rooms to keep everyday objects out of sight. Some suggestions include placing a basket under the sink, sliding drawers under the bed, or using hangers over the door for closet doors
Blue accent wall white linen sofa
COLOUR. Get creative – let deep, light colors denote rooms. Colors don’t have to frame furniture perfectly.
Black Oversized Florals Wallpaper
COLOUR. Try a trendy large foliage repeat print for a trendy look. This is a great tactic for adding depth and dimension to a flat space.
Transparent curtains Bed Canopy
COLOUR. If you love neutrals, hug them. The ephemeral look of this room comes from the white walls that blend into the bedding and see-through curtains, making the space feel large and airy.
Pink sofa living room office space
LAYERS. Just like a great outfit, a fabulous room has just the right mix of elements. Combine chrome with shag, jute, walnut, marble or silk for a designer look that evokes depth, personality and balance.
Black Wall Blue Bedding Bedroom Design
LAYERS. Layers can also refer to variance in textures. A smooth wall works against a patterned floor and ceiling of raw linen, creating layers with a modern, monochrome spin.
Oversized photography flower throw pillow
LAYERS. Layers allow you to dig sentences (matching parts are a snore and not useful for small spaces). Flowers on striped and animal skins are a great way to accomplish this, but don’t forget to play with sizes and angles, too.
Storage solution for record shelves
PERSONALITY. Live in it as you wear it. Remember, subtleties are appreciated. Use precious possessions: view collections of family heirlooms, shoes, toys, postcards or seashells. Anything you value can be framed and put into a collection.
Cabinet of curios shelves
PERSONALITY. Found items are a great source of eye candy for your home. Even in the smallest of spaces, there should be a cabinet of curiosities that visitors can see.
Brown Cow Hide Lounge Chair
PERSONALITY. When you display a book collection on a wall or stack it vertically, not only does it remove the pages from the floor, it also shows interests and hobbies.