The Video below is about remodeling a small house where a family with small children has been living, and making use of some interior design techniques to make the space more functional.
Small spaces can make you feel closed-off in your home. No matter what kind of layout you have or the challenges you face with your small space, you can have a more open feel. In this House & Home video, Designer Maia Roffey explains how to use your layout to your advantage. She re-designed a split-leveled 1980’s for a family with small children to make it more open and bright. Her main focus is to make it sophisticated but also give clearance for easy movement.
The living room showed unique challenges in that most of the walls had a door or stairs. To maximize the space, the couch was pushed up against the wall and the area was framed with a built-in shelf and scaunces to give the idea of a library. Storage is key to this project, so the bookshelf was also given cabinets to hide toys.
The home owners like the colors green and blue, but they also wanted more light. Because these colors are not known for offering light, Maia used light colored walls and flooring. The cool colors were added as accents to the room.
The dining room is now opened up to the living room, making the illusion of more room. Armless chairs and a circular table help to create a smooth flow.
Prior to the makeover, a wall divided the kitchen and the dining room. It was removed to increase the space of kitchen and offer more light. The bay window was a challenge, but proved to provide a place to offer more storage space with drawers under the window.
Sometimes the little details matter. The cabinets in the kitchen are gray but the hardware is black, adding some “pop” to the area.
The designer describes the project as playful sophistification. It is an environment that adults will enjoy but also has quirks and kid-friendly detail.
Video Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ1H-NyCD80
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