The ever pondering question of “Does size matter?”
Have you seen the little itty-bitty condos developers are selling these days? With square footage prices in Toronto soaring higher than a drag queen during Mardi Gras, you might only be able to afford a shoebox…but it doesn’t have to look like one. And no, you don’t have to resort to a Murphy bed, Japanese-style dividers, or anti-gravity boots that allow you to live on the ceiling – though we certainly think these things are very, very cool. Cool, but not sexy.
“Space is sexy”
Whether you’ve got just one room that you wish was big enough to accommodate your rare and extensive collection of Air Jordans, or whether your entire place is so small that you almost fall out the window when you step into your living room, there is help. Here are teb’s top 10 interior design ideas to make a room look bigger – and sexier.
1 Get your booty off the floor. Picking up stuff like vases or plants and putting them up on shelves will make your space seem bigger than it is.
2 Figure out what a room is for, and go with that. For example, your bedroom should be for sleeping (and other fun stuff) so get rid of furniture that doesn’t belong there, and make the custom bed the most prominent, dominant piece in the room.
3 Organize! Now that everybody’s come out of the closet, there should be plenty of room in there, right? Not for most people, whose closet interiors look like an episode of Hoarders: Buried Alive. Invest in some good built-ins to get shoes up off the closet floor and get your wardrobe space well organized.
4 Avoid the tchotchke effect. Sure, you want your home to have personality, but having too much clutter, busy patterned upholstery, or collections of small objects makes it more like you have multiple personalities. If you want to avoid the stuffy, crowded look, don’t jam-pack your shelves with knickknacks; opt for a single stunning focal point that draws eyes instead of tiring them.
5 Three’s the magic number. Don’t display more than 3 of anything; vases, throw pillows, coffee table books. You’re not Indigo, you don’t need to showcase every single decorative blanket or scented candle you’ve ever purchased.
6 Downsize. Here at teb we’re not all about space saving ‘condo-sized’ furniture design trends, but if you can find a piece of furniture that’s big and small at the same time, then you, my friend, are a genius. Try a dining table with leaves or a daybed that pulls out into a king when you have a one night stand.
7 Don’t fear the darkness. The old myth that painting your walls a dark colour will make the room look smaller is a bunch of old fart, antiquated hoo haw. The actuality is that a dark colour will make the walls recess which can trick the mind into thinking the room is bigger than it actually is.
8 Hang a big decorative mirror where it can create the illusion of size. Try it right above one of teb’s gorgeous upholstered headboards!
9 Go all matchy. Normally this whole ‘matchy matchy’ thing goes against my every fibre and being BUT in small doses and in a very controlled manner, it can really help a small space. The carpet doesn’t have to match the drapes, but the drapes should match the walls for a unified look.
10 Nix the partitions. Most eeny weeny condo spaces are open concept anyway, but you can keep it that way by keeping flooring consistent throughout, and removing any unnecessary doors.
Whatever the reason you choose to live in a small space, these tips will help transform your home from something that looks like it belongs in the Shire, to a respectably hip pad you can even entertain in. You’re welcome!
The Co-Founder & Creative Dictator of teb Interiors. Terry is best known from his many appearances on HGTV and W Network television programs. teb Interiors offers complete Interior Design services plus they specialize in custom sewing and upholstery, servicing throughout the GTA. The firm is known for its edgy, controversial designs and for creating truly one of a kind show pieces that are guaranteed to get the conversation going.