Design

On My Radar | 5 Space Maximizing Tips

Written by: Christine Broomhead

Photography by: Robert Socha, Marco Ricca

07.20.18

Interior design can be tricky when it comes to small spaces, and in Hoboken, with it’s apartments and brownstones, many of us face this challenge. Even in bigger apartments, with growing families maximizing space is essential. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with many of Hoboken’s interior designers and they all have some space maximizing tips. My conversations with designers yielded these five ways you can make a small space feel bigger.

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#1

Open It Up

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An open floor plan is a win. Think about sight lines and allow you eye to travel as far as possible. You can break up an open floor plan with rugs, furniture, and light fixtures to create “rooms” without the walls.

Design by: D&G Interiors + Design
Photography by: Robert Socha

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#2

Carry Your Colors

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If you do have an open floor plan, carry your colors throughout the space. This makes a home feels cohesive. A well executed design feels like one large space even though different areas serve different functions.

Design by: Jenny Madden Design
Photography by: Marco Ricca

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#3

Try a Big Bold Pattern

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Consider wallpaper on an accent wall and go big and bold with the pattern. A small pattern that repeats causes you to get lost in the details, while a large pattern demands to be taken in all at once, helping you appreciate the size of the featured wall.

Photography by: Robert Socha

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#4

Draw the Eye Up

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Many homes and apartments in Hoboken are blessed with high ceilings. Hang your curtains above the window and size them so they graze the floor. Also consider grand light fixtures that demand your attention skyward.

Design by: Kaja Bolton Staging
Photography by: Robert Socha

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#5

Buy the Right Sized Furniture

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Before you make a furniture purchase, lay out the dimensions with blue painters tape. Buying something too large for the space is an easy mistake to make and hard to correct. If a piece is too large, it will not only impede your sightlines but impact how people circulate in your home.

Design by: J Laurie Designs
Photography by: Robert Socha