Professional Tips & Tricks for Small Spaces HOUSE BEAUTIFUL

Pro Tips & Tricks for Small Spaces

House Beautiful's annual Small Spaces issue is about to hit the newsstands and they gave me a sneak peek at their big, twelve point guide to making the most of any size home. While the whole feature is definitely worth a read, I was most intrigued by the tidbits that come from the pros; the tricks that those who do design for a living think make the biggest difference in small spaces...


Miles Redd: Go for a dark, moody color if you want it, but do it in a high-gloss, lacquer-like finish. With that reflective quality it doesn't look dark so much as rich.

Barry Dixon: Saturate a space in one medium or dark color. Use it on every wall, the doors, all the trim, and the ceiling. It takes away all the boundaries.

Erinn Valencich: If it's already small and dark, make it darker! The in feels deliberately intimate.

Patrick Wade: When everything is neutral, everything works together. If things are all different colors, it can be overwhelming.


Graham Hill: The extra functionality that one more closet gives you is worth any tiny square footage sacrificed for it.

Bill Haney: The design elements that give you the best quality of life have nothing to do with square footage. Things like copious windows or two layers of insulation  - which drops utility bills and makes your house quieter - enhance your enjoyment of home.


Ken Fulk: Use two small round tables instead of one big coffee table. They're better for traffic flow than one of those huge knee knockers, and easier to move.

Barbara Barry: A mirror opens up and brings light into a dark space. It's like creating an extra window.

Maxwell Ryan: Any space feels bigger when you leave some things out. Emptiness allows the eye to rest.

Clare Donohue: Choose one set of dishes for all occasions, one saute pan, and one set of glasses - those stemless wineglasses work for juice, cocktails, wine, milk. Live only with what you love and use daily.

For more of House Beautiful's strategies, tips and inspirations for small spaces, pick up the July/August issue or visit House Beautifulonline

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Posted by Janel Laban

Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy.

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Let's avoid the sun- so your furniture says...

Spring is here, which means the days are longer and the temperatures are rising.  Did you know that the sun can damage your furniture?  The sun’s rays can dry out your wooden furniture pieces and cause fading and damage to its surfaces.


The first thing you should do to prevent sun damage, is to be conscious of where you place your furniture.  Consider the sunniest parts of your home.  These are the spots that will cause the most damage to your furniture.  Also remember, the sun is the most intense in the afternoon. Try to avoid placing your furniture in areas that receive direct sunlight.  Sometimes this can not be avoided, so there are a few other ways to protect your furniture.

If you have windows letting in the light, during the sunniest parts of the day, close the blinds or draw your curtains.  Window coverings can deflect and absorb the harmful UV rays from hitting your furniture and fading it.

Another option to protect your furniture from sun damage is by investing in furniture coverings.  If you do not want to alter the positioning of your furniture pieces, protect them by covering them.  Another plus about furniture covers is that they’re easy to put on/remove and they’re washable!  Also change up your room during the holidays or seasons by changing the color of your furniture cover.

By just following these few tips, you’ll improve the longevity and color of your furniture.

If it's already too late for your furniture, and the damage has been done, at Rooms Today Outlet, you can replace any of those damage pieces with new ones.  You don't need to pay a lot as at those "other" stores.  And it all can all be in your house within the same day.

Source:  “How to Protect Furniture from Sun Damage: Home and Garden.” Tips and Information to Improve Your World. Improving Your World. Web. 20 Mar. 2012.