Nine designers share tricks to help make the most of the space in your home
From hanging curtains to furniture choices, the pros share some of their secrets.
By Marni Elyse Katz Globe Correspondent,Updated September 22, 2022, 6:57 a.m.
“Small, strategic shifts can open new opportunities. We relocated a powder room door to the hall around the corner in order to create a full wall of cabinetry that doubled storage for the kitchen.” — Christina Marsh and Kristen Giannattasio, Atelier et Alia
Creative use of space
“We turned a space between two bump-outs into a vanity by lining it with a mirror and adding an adjustable shelf. Linear light strips provide even illumination for tasks and a serene glow when dimmed. And, the mirror reflects the outdoors, making the room feel larger.” — Patrick Planeta, Planeta Design Group
Use space under the stairs
“Use every square inch under the stairs. Create a cozy hideaway by tucking in a tailored settee (and excellent reading material).” — Samantha Arak, Samantha Carey Interiors
“Painting walls and millwork the same color amplifies impact and cuts down on contrast, which can make a space seem cluttered. It also allows you to be more intentional with the focal point.” — Thiara Borges Dananberg, Studio Borges Interior Design
"It’s counterintuitive, but something magical happens with scale when you put a large bed in a tiny bedroom.” — Jessica Stambaugh, JS Interiors
“Opt for a banquette — either built-in or store bought. It takes up less space than chairs, which need room to pull out. Use the vertical space by adding floating shelves.” — Erin Gates, Erin Gates Design
“Hang drapery close to the ceiling. The vertical lines help make a room look taller.” — Jeanne Barber, Camden Grace Interiors
“Multifunctional furniture gives you more with less. This coffee table pops up to standard table height so it can be used as a desk, a game table, or a dining table.” — Trevor Fulmer, Trevor Fulmer Design
“A storage piece can do double duty as a focal point. Instead of painting all the dark, original millwork, we restored select elements, including this built-in cabinet. Then, we wallpapered the interior. It adds richness and function.” — Atsu Gunther, Atsu Gunther Design