Many of us, by choice or by fate, are living in smaller spaces. My clients are scaling down or staying put and revamping to maximize their lives within a smaller foot print. As the owner of a very small first home and as an architect for many years, I’ve learned a few tricks that can work for you too!
I like to mimic nature’s exquisite balance in a room because she’s an expert at expanse. Think of the strong foundation of the earth’s bedrock, soil, and mountains. Above that the forests begin to open and lighten in to vast endless skies. You can create this graceful comforting balance in your rooms with a solid base of color, texture, and density. Furnishings and accessories above your solid groundwork are lighter, more open, less dense and heavy. Finalize your interior with a ceiling color or treatment that creates a complete volume.
This San Francisco home, remodeled by John Lum Architecture, perfectly illustrates a strong foundation in texture, color, and scale. Notice the grounding effect of the high base boards. The window lined alcove’s arch is outlined by delicate plaster moldings.
A floating home in San Francisco, designed by Robert Nebolon Architects, is grounded by wood floors with character. Crisp and clean silvery blue cabinets ease up toward generous walls of windows. Black cabinet pulls and window frames stabilize the space.
In this luxurious New York City apartment, Rafael de Cadenas uses color and texture as the grounding elements. Curves, reflections, transparency, and nature prints and wallcovering travel delicately upward in the room. The translucent soft green light mimics a feathery limb over head.
Remember, you can’t go wrong when you follow nature’s lead. Share with your friends and stay tuned for more tips to live spacious in your small spaces.