GRAND ON ANY SCALE: Small Space Solutions
Ever wonder why some small spaces are functional and charming while others feel cramped and
crowded? Designer Jan McCollum has some tried-and-true tricks that help make the most of those
smaller spaces found in every home.
|Handmade paper in black by Canyon and Bullock
makes the boundaries of this small bath disappear.
Natural limestone and glass combine to expand the
space. A modified mahogany chest adds great
storage yet uses minimal space.
Color, when used correctly, can help
blur the lines and camouflage a room’s
perimeter rather than defining its
boundaries. Try using similar colors on
the walls, flooring and furnishings. You
will create a space that feels pulled
together and more spacious. For even
more impact, choose fewer, larger items
rather than many small ones. The area
will feel more expansive when you use
some overscale items.
When decorating smaller rooms, take
a fresh look at every inch of space. Wall
space under windows or in corners is
often forgotten, but both can provide a
little niche to serve a function. In the
sunroom-turned-library, a bookcase
seat was constructed under the window
and floor to ceiling bookcases fill the
corner. Tall cases throughout the space
draw the eye upward, giving the room
impressive verticality and creating a
more spacious feel. Oversized chairs
seem right at home, in spite of their
Small bathrooms provide a special
challenge that requires creative thinking.
Instead of a bulky stock vanity, why not
retrofit a piece of furniture to create a unique piece that will enhance the space? A shallow depth chest
will create several more inches of wiggle room while still providing needed storage. Adding a generously-sized vessel sink creates the illusion of added space.
No matter what your room’s proportions, use these tricks with color and scale to make the most of
A custom bookcase fills the only substantial
wall space in this library, providing both
book and media storage. Tower bookcases
and window seats house additional books,
albums, and other media needs.
||Two oversized lounge chairs rest on a floral
patterned area rug in rich eggplants, browns
and ocres. Woven wood shades in dark
chestnut cover the large windows of this