Design Tips for Small Space Living: Video 1 of 2

Design Tips for Small Space Living: Video 1 of 2


[Announcer] …with your host Sheryl Borden – Kimball, thank you so much for being
here. As a designer, I’m sure you’re asked all kinds of interesting questions from
people but today I thought it would be fun if we
could talk about a small living space or the space that we have
available but sometimes it’s so cramped that it’s hard to entertain or hard to have
multiple tasks going on. What suggestions do you have for us? – Exactly. You hit on… You hit the nail on the head. Definitely
in small spaces there are some things you can do. One: You can work with how the space looks, so you can make it more contemporary very little ornamentation, keep clutter out of the way… – Keep it simple? Yes. Clever ways to store items Finding furniture that serves dual purpose is
really important, so something like a coffee table that you can sit on but it also serves storage needs. – Uh huh, oh, ok. – So I have lots of examples. – Let’s look! This will be fun! -So we’ve got a bathroom which is,
everyone’s got small bathrooms… Here, using this cabinet, using built-in storage if people can afford to do custom built-ins I definitely recommend it because every inch is invaluable in a small space so when you walk in, the toilet is
actually on the other side of this cabinet. – So it’s a divider. – That’s right, so instead of being against the wall, it’s actually perpendicular to the wall so it serves storage needs but it’s also a
privacy divider so this is a situation where you’re using
your furniture to serve multiple purposes. And then angling your floor tiles will
help make the space seem bigger as well. And in showers, if you use a curbless shower so you don’t have anything to step over,
which is easier to get in and out of the
shower. – Yeah that’s a good point. – And it also makes the space flow… – Instead of breaking it up with that divider. – And using the same floor material, so it’s the same tile that is on the outside going in so it’s just one seamless look. – Oh, uh huh. – And then of course as I just said, utilizing custom built-ins. This utilizes every square inch… – Great space. – …flush [to the wall] and then it doesn’t feel cramped because we have the frameless shower glass on the left so you still have this visual open space. – Oh uh huh, instead of something blocking if it were a solid, you can just continue our look. – Absolutely. Now here’s a custom built-in media cabinet which is
wall mounted, so by wall mounting it leaves space underneath for air to
flow, which is really important to not have a space feel cluttered, and this
serves multiple purposes. We can serve alcohol, and glassware up here. We can have this to serve drinks and
below is all the media and AV storage. It’s wall mounted and the power goes
straight through the wall it’s wired into an overhead ceiling
projector, the ceiling projector projects onto a pull-down screen, you can watch your internet, you can play video games… – Oh my goodness! – You can watch sports… – And no wires, I love that!
It’s not a cluttered look with no wires. – That’s right. And you
can roll the projection screen, which is also ceiling-mounted up and down and get it out of the way and you don’t have to waste space storing a TV. And for a dining area, using transparent or translucent furniture lets the space feel more spacious. Glass
coffee tables, translucent chairs – Again, because we see through it, it doesn’t block or stop our vision. – Absolutely. And also with the cabinetry, it’s seamless in that it’s all the same color so it just fades into the background but the nice thing is having the glossy
black of the refrigerator helps reflect light and actually makes vision, gives it a depth so it feels like this space it has more depth to it. And then if
you’re lucky enough to have floor-to-ceiling glass windows, that definitely …it makes the wall dissolve, but not
everybody is quite that fortunate.

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