New Yorkers and Provincetonians have one obvious thing in common: they need to deal with small living spaces. (Boo-Boo, on the other hand, grew up on a farm—he’s still getting used to more cramped quarters here at Land’s End!)
Small really can be beautiful, as long as you don’t try to make your small space look like a pared-down version of a larger one. Whether it’s your own condo in Ptown or the cottage rental you move into for the season when you rent yours out, there are lots of ways to celebrate the intimacy of small spaces on the Outer Cape.
Your worst enemy is clutter, or the appearance of it. How can you avoid your space looking like there’s just too much stuff in it?
- Counterintuitively, bigger is better in small spaces. Follow the “cantaloupe rule” for décor accessories: don’t decorate with anything smaller than a cantaloupe to reduce the look of clutter.
- Along the same lines, consider big splashy paintings for your walls rather than lots of smaller pieces. Too much going on visually can make a room feel busy and crowded.
- Masking TV screens with doors, and hiding away unruly cabling does wonders.
- Anything that draws the eye upward makes a space feel bigger, so hang some shelving right below the ceiling, or paint or wallpaper the ceiling itself.
- They do it with mirrors! Mirrors reflect light, making your space brighter, and they make it feel bigger, too.
- Try painting your wall trim and moldings in a lighter color than your wall; it makes the walls appear farther back, making your room seem bigger.
- Furniture takes up a lot of space, so make it earn its keep! Use multi-functional furniture (a chest that can be used as a coffee table, a sofa bed, or a bed with drawers). You can also rely on folding tables and chairs that can be tucked away when you don’t need them.
- Don’t block visual pathways. If furniture and accessories block the view into a room, it will look cramped. By moving furniture out and away from walkways, you’ll open up the space and make it feel larger.
Try some of these tips and see how they work! And if you’re either reworking your present small space or creating a new one, Boo-Boo wants to see it—invite him over for an exclusive ptownie photo shoot.
This month we did just that with Artist TJ Walton and here is how it is done!