Spa Design: Maximizing A Small Space

Make the most of your minimal space with these helpful design tips!

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In a small space, every inch counts. But by applying a few clever tricks, you can utilize certain design concepts that fool the eye and make interiors seem much more spacious. Maximize your minimal space with these ideas from design expert Alexis Ufland of Lexi Design, New York City:

  1. Dark colors absorb light, making a room look and feel smaller, but light-colored walls are reflective and make a space feel open and airy. Be sure to use a color scheme that’s light rather than bright, such as pastels, neutrals and whites. Also, paint your wall trim and moldings in a lighter color than your walls; this way, the wall appears to be further back, making your room seem bigger.
  2. Follow an overall monochromatic color scheme when buying furniture, rugs and wall paint. Select different shades and textures of your single color, as even the bigger items will begin to blend into the room and widen out the space. Use materials that are see-through for an open airy space—a glass table or acrylic shelving are both smart choices.
  3. A cluttered room equals a smaller room. Restrict the amount of furniture to necessary pieces, and limit accessories. Keep rooms tidy and organized. With things neatly arranged or out of sight, the remaining space will feel orderly and open.
  4. Avoid covering your walls with pictures. One large painting or mural works better than a group of small paintings. If there’s too much going on, it can make the room feel busy and crowded.
  5. Keep the floor as clear as possible. Remove large rugs to create the illusion of more floor space.
  6. Mirrors can make your room look larger and brighter, as they reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room seem brighter, both during the day and at night.
  7. Invest in multi-function furniture. For instance, a manicurist stool with built-in storage lets you tuck away supplies and products, while a massage table with cabinets underneath is a great place to hide sheets, towels and even a hot-towel cabby.
  8. The longest straight line in any given room is the diagonal line from corner to corner. So, if you set your massage table at an angle, it leads the eye along the longer distance, rather than the shorter wall.
  9. Make your ceiling pop! A clean, white ceiling will open up a space, but giving your ceiling texture with bright colors and fun fixtures really draws your eye upward, creating the illusion of height.
  10. Lighting is a key element in opening up a space. Recessed spot lighting is perfect for a small space. Try a torchiere light, which is great for bouncing light off of the ceiling and back down onto the room.