Hi all, it’s Gabrielle from Savvy Home here again! Ashley Whittaker is one of my favorite designers, so of course I was delighted to see her home in the latest issue of House Beautiful. Great designers often work with big budgets and extensive spaces when decorating for clients, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily working with the same specifications for their own place.
Whittaker had 800 square feet to work with in her apartment, just about the size of mine. From looking at the photos, you can’t really tell that it’s that small – it sure looks bigger than mine. Granted, it’s not a mansion, but she did use a few trusty designer tricks to make the space seem bigger.
1. Use large area rugs to define the space. In this case, a diamond sisal rug has just the right amount of pattern, with a reasonable price tag.
2. An acrylic or glass transparent table will allow for a large coffee table without visually clogging the space.
3. On a small 2-seater sofa, use one cushion instead of two, it will make it appear bigger.
4. The use of a swivel chair allows guests to easily turn around and talk to people at either end of the room.
5. Use mismatched armchairs and pillows, but keep in the same color palette, like pink, lilac and cream.
6. Blow up an abstract photo to the size of the biggest Ikea frame and voilà, you’ve got affordable art.
7. Use symmetry in tables and lamps on each side of the sofa. It’s appealing to the eye.
8. You can’t see in this photo, but the corner of the room hosts a workspace with a desk, a small settee for additional seating and a bar cart for entertaining. Talk about a multipurpose room!
What clever tricks have you used to make a space appear bigger?
See you next week!0