Following up on my last post, if the future of DC real estate really is small, how can we deal with it? For that answer, I reached out to Wendy Danziger (www.DanzigerDesign.com), a prominent interior designer in the DC Metropolitan area whose work was recently featured in Home and Design Magazine and in the DC Design House, for some simple tips for living large in small spaces.
Use Color to Make Spaces Look Larger
If the ceilings
are over 9ft, paint them a fabulous color and leave the walls light and
the wood floors pale
Conserve Visual Space with minimalist interior design choices
Keep window treatments minimal. Check out these Matchstick Blinds:
Consider furniture that "disappears" like the Victoria Ghost Chair, which takes up less visual space than wood or upholstered chairs
Maximize Storage and Space with Multi-Functional furniture
Invest in a bed that has a high profile mattress and boxspring to create greater storage space underneath your bed or consider beds with drawers underneath. Check out the Stratton Bed from Pottery Barn.
If you don't have room for a bed, consider murphy beds or sleep sofas
Use banquette seating with storage in a kitchen nook
If your kitchen cabinets do not extend to the ceiling use this area to store rarely used items
Surfaces should double as storage pieces. Need a coffee table? Check out the Hunter II Trunk from Crate & Barrel
Consider storage ottomans for seating and storage. Check out the Vanguard Storage Ottoman from Vanguard Furniture:
Some space that is ofter underutilized is over the bed, over the toilet, and even in the corners of rooms.
Danziger Design is a full service Interior Design Firm serving Maryland, Virginia and DC. Wendy listens to her clients and works with them to design beautiful and livable spaces. Visit Danziger Design on the web at www.DanzigerDesign.com or contact them at 301-365-3300.