When it comes to smaller spaces, you first have to address what things you can actually change. If you do not own your space and you are renting for now, you may feel quite limited in the impact you can possibly make.
No matter what your small-space circumstances may be, your goal should be to design using these four key principles:
Scale: Remember to address the scale or size of your furnishings as to not overpower your small space. Use a mixture of sizes in your pieces and you will create a space that feels appropriate and harmonious.
Layering: Use our “layering” technique for warmth. Think of it like this: Layer your home for warmth the same way that you would layer yourself to go outside in cold weather and still keep warm. Layer your home starting from the floor up — rugs, pillows, throws, art, mirrors, accessories, plants, pictures, etc. These are the things that make a place feel like home.
Balance: Balance is essential when addressing a small space. Try to only put out the most favorite of your accessories and personal items. Sometimes “less is more” in a space that can easily look disheveled or cluttered when only a few items are out of place.
Variety: Try using fabrics and finishes of woods that are different from one another that will make the space interesting and add a creative, eclectic feel. Also, mixing metal finishes is a great way to keep the areas up-to-date and transitional.
We featured these apartments in one of our WV Design Team articles for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. To read the full article: Small space, big design