Each space, no matter how big or small, poses its own design challenges. The adept designer has tools in the toolbox for just about every occasion. Glass tends to be one of those tools that works in all spaces no matter their size.
Generally, the smaller the space you’re working with, the more practical a space needs to be. Larger spaces tend to invite clutter, and make it possible to avoid making decisions. Smaller spaces don’t tolerate clutter, but they may have limitations imposed on them by the structure of the space. One of the toughest challenges of working in a small space is the feeling of being cramped.
To open up a small space, you’ll need to put in a little effort to fool the eye. One of the best ways to expand a space is to make it as “visible” as possible. That means allowing the eye to see the walls, even through objects.
Furniture that rests on legs, for example, lets you “see through” it. Lifting objects up off the floor opens up a smaller space and helps to relieve even the most cramped or claustrophobic spaces. Avoid furniture that sits directly on the floor. That goes for end tables, chairs, cabinets and shelves. Look for furniture that allows the eye to make contact with the baseboards as much as possible.
Glass is another great way to allow someone to look through a space. Glass furniture – coffee tables, end tables, desks, glass cabinets – works to open the space. Glass can be used cleverly to create room dividers and other similar discrete divisions in small spaces.
Glass doors can also be superstars in small spaces, and you can find a wide range of interior doors that incorporate glass. Some interior doors are now taking their cues from commercial frameless doors. A frameless glass door in a residential space can add a touch of elegance. A glass pocket door can make the best use of limited floor space by eliminating the need for “swing space.”
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