Colour and scale keys to max­i­miz­ing small spa­ces

Cape Breton Post - - STYLEFOCUS - BY CON­NIE OLIVER

or­ga­ni­za­tion to stor­age so­lu­tions.

Items like wicker bas­kets that are de­signed to sit se­curely on a stair­way, sleek, free-stand­ing toi­let tis­sue hold­ers, suc­tion cup items for the bath­room (to al­le­vi­ate shelf clut­ter) and mounted coat hook sys­tems that re­tract when not in use are all daily items that can make a big dif­fer­ence in a small abode.

Keep­ing as much free floor space as pos­si­ble will make your small place feel big­ger. Think up. A taller, slim­mer dresser is go­ing to take up much less floor space than a low wide one, as would a book­shelf or stor­age cab­i­net with the same de­sign.

A flat-screen tele­vi­sion mounted on the wall will take up much less space than a tra­di­tional tele­vi­sion on a floor stand. Tra­di­tional items like night stands be­side the bed or end ta­bles flank­ing the sofa are def­i­nite space eaters.

Low-pro­file fur­ni­ture and clean lines make a space feel larger. There are ad­di­tional hid­den stor­age pos­si­bil­i­ties un­der the low-rise cof­fee ta­ble. An uphol­stered stor­age ot­toman will pro­vide ad­di­tional seat­ing and stor­age as well as act­ing as a cof­fee ta­ble when topped with a dec­o­ra­tive tray. A skirted sofa and/or ot­toman will pro­vide hid­den stor­age be­low for books or CDs.

In a small bed­room a loft bed will of­fer valu­able stor­age space be­neath it for a dresser or desk.

If you can, carve out shal­low space be­tween studs. In a small bath­room a built-in cubby like this can house daily es­sen­tials. Sim­ply in­stall shelves and a cab­i­net door to keep those es­sen­tials out of sight.

Ready-made bath­room cab­i­nets are avail­able at many home ren­o­va­tions and sup­ply stores. If you have a tra­di­tional toi­let with tank, there should be room above the toi­let for such a cab­i­net.

Clut­ter can make a small space seem even smaller. Keep table­tops and coun­ter­tops as free of “stuff ” as pos­si­ble. Choose monochro­matic colour schemes to keep the decor feel­ing open and con­tin­u­ous.

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