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12 Tips on How to Maximize a Small Space

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On September 17th

The problem with small spaces is the unique design challenges they pose. It’s tough to incorporate all your ideas, all your furniture, and still retain space. With small spaces, it often comes down to sacrifice. Here are some tips on how to reduce your sacrifice, incorporate your ideas, and keep the space uncluttered.

1. Be a Magician: Give low ceilings the illusion of height with furniture that’s low the ground. Also, keep ceilings white where possible to open it up.

2. See Through: Clear glass furniture helps to pass light to the space without creating the appearance of clutter. Find coffee tables, end tables, and even plastic see through chairs that allow light.

3. Select Calm Colors: Calm and light colors evoke a sense of tranquility and serenity. In addition, these colors open up a space. Paint walls in one calm color, with ceilings in white to maximize brightness. You could also paint two or three of the walls in a light, calm color, the 4th wall being in a darker tone.

4. Use Mirrors: When we suggest using mirrors, we’re not talking about walls of mirrors. Rather, subtly placed mirrors, perhaps a mirror on the floor leaning against the wall. Don’t go overboard. Use just enough reflective surfaces to extend the space and create a more open environment. Play around with it. Try placing interesting objects and accessories in front of a mirror to create unique effects.

5. Find Your Inner Minimalist: Accessories are great by adding color and life into a space, but don’t go crazy. If it isn’t essential, get rid of it. Too many accessories create clutter and eye sores.

6. The Shag: If you’re in a space with plenty of concrete, hard wood, or tile, then you need to grasp the importance of rugs to create the appearance of space, as well as to accessorize. Contemporary and modern rugs usually come in abstract shapes and colors and can become the key focal point of a room. This will eliminate the need to accessorize more, creating less clutter, and opening your space.

7. Cultivate the Space You Have: Create unobstructed views where possible in your rooms. When furniture or other objects impede the eye’s natural sight into a room, spaces seem smaller. Small furniture pieces like chaises, ottomans, and benches ensure that spaces don’t appear cluttered. Find unique arrangements that leave much of your space open.

8. Watch your Windows: No outlandish curtains with dark colors that make a room feel stuffy. Let the natural light permeate. If you need shades, choose soft, subtle tones.

9. Find Right Compartment: Storage devices don’t need to be boring and ugly. There are a variety of contemporary storage baskets, racks, and more that will help you get organized with style.

10. Watch Your Head: In a small bedroom, a queen or king size bed will quickly fill up a room. So when choosing a bed, pick wisely. If you can find a bed low to the ground that suits your style, then go for it. Also, be careful of your headboard. Nothing too ornate taking up much of a wall.

11. Skin the Patterns: At Paradigm Gallery, you won’t find furniture pieces with patterns and for good reason. Patterned upholstery creates distraction and usually robs visual space. If you really need leopard print, then pick one furniture piece or room to go crazy with. Be mindful of themes.

12. Small Space + Big Furniture = Lack of Space: Choose pieces with smooth lines that provide functionality for people using it. If you never entertain, what’s the point of huge overstuffed couches? Make sure the furniture fits your lifestyle and you don’t have to conform to the furniture

Modern Furniture: More Space, More Design, More Modern

Posted by Lynne van den Berg On September 12th

Modern furniture is a brave new endeavor focused on renewing expectations for the everyday home. Gone are the days of generational furniture and legacy design expectations. Instead, today’s homeowners can expect the same quality of design that defines and creates the exterior of their home. Ultimately, we can extend this expertise into the interior of every home.  Modern furniture is more than a contemporary trend, it is a stylistic revolution.

Modern architects, like modern furniture designers, harness an absolute mastery of their surroundings. With space and balance, time and aesthetics in mind, they incorporate both original ideas and tried, true practicalities into a building’s overall design. Masters of their craft, a skilled architect can make the transition from the exterior to the interior, the seen to the unseen.

The work and creativity of modern architects and modern furniture designers run parallel in our ever expanding cultural register, but they have significantly different life spans. While a well-designed and well-preserved building may house families, businesses, and a myriad of occupants for centuries, furniture of past design quickly becomes obsolete, showing signs of aging and use prematurely. Modern furniture seeks to correct this flaw. With the art of modern furniture design, the interior and the exterior of any building are seamlessly tied together. Modern furniture becomes a physical manifestation of the needs of the dweller.

An architect not only builds for the love of building, but for the desired design of the homeowner. The same concept holds true for modern furniture. Modern furniture is implemented as an extension of the inhabitants of a home. Every piece of furniture serves a purpose, oftentimes more than one. Each table, lighting fixture, and chair holds an individual resolution that is unique.

A proper collection of modern furniture can never truly be duplicated when one takes into consideration the balancing of exterior and interior, yin and yang. When purchasing modern furniture, you are purchasing not processed wood and metal products, but fulfilling a drive to find your specific design. Modern furniture ensures that your home is unique to your individual space, style, and passions. Each sofa set, table, and piece of lighting serves the overall aesthetics of a homeowner or business. In serving each unique home, design, and inhabitant, each piece of modern furniture can be expected to fill the design needs of any discerning taste.

When furnishing a home around your individual needs, desires, and dreams, choose modern furniture. Extend your creativity to the interior spaces you will reside in. You deserve it.