by Catherine-Lucie Horber | Everyone always wishes they had more space, a bigger house, larger rooms thinking that it would look so much better. But big and small rooms carry challenges of their own. It is very important to understand them and know how to work around their constraints in order to create the illusion you want the eyes to see and make them look beautiful.
SCALE & PROPORTION: As a designer, this concept is one of the hardest ones to explain to our clients but its principals are essential to any well balanced living space.
We are talking about the size of furniture in relation to other elements in its surroundings. For example an end table beside a large sofa should be a certain size so that it doesn’t feel over powered by the sofa.
The key is to remain consistent in the selection of the items. In a small space clients often think they can only fit one or two pieces of furniture. Quite the opposite I tell them, the more furniture the better to make it feel bigger as long as it is proportionate in size! In other words; do not compromise on having accent chairs and a coffee table in a small condo because your sofa takes most of the room.
Make sure all the pieces are a lot smaller so everything fits. As all the major design elements are included the space will in fact look larger than it is.
Area Rugs: Area rugs are a great way to help define space. The larger the rug, the larger the eye believes the space to be. I often walk into living rooms with a 5×7 rug and clients think its okay because it merely just touches the furniture. Meanwhile if it were at least 8×10 the space would seem so much bigger!
Drapery: More often than not when we visit client’s homes, the drapery is way too short! Faux pas #1. Do not hang your drapes at the height of the window. As we previously talked about the art of illusions … going as high as the ceiling allows the eye to follow the lines of the drapes upward and automatically give the impression that the windows are higher.
There are many factors that come in to play when we design spaces and many key principles that we should follow. Generally, large spaces can be made to feel just as cozy as any smaller room and vice versa. Just remember to remain consistent in your applications and have fun creating beautiful illusions.
Designer Catherine-Lucie Horber is the Principal of Royal Interior Design Ltd. The firm provides decorating, staging and renovating services for both small and full scale residential projects throughout the GTA. Known for creating elegant and affordable design solutions tailored to suit different lifestyles.www.royalinteriordesign.ca