Designer Jo Alcorn takes us on a tour of the stunning den makeover she recently did for a condo-dwelling client, then shows us double duty storage pieces perfect for a small space den!
More and more, we're seeing condos and lofts designed such that the "second bedroom" is a small space without windows. The challenge in decorating tight quarters with no natural light is two-fold: make the space feel bright and fresh and choose your furniture wisely!
A murphy bed is an amazing space-saving solution for any issue where floor space is a commodity! Here's one we love from CLEI UK:Mirrors are the best things ever for a small space! They create the illusion that the room is bigger and help bounce off the light as well. You can't go wrong with adding mirrors. Fake it! By using mirrors in the right place, you can create the illusion there is a window or an adjoining room. We love the way Elle DÃ©cor has used mirrors here!
Basements are another space often lacking natural light. Look at this gorgeous room designed by Candice Olson via HGTV. Hanging curtains gives the illusion that you are framing a window...when, in fact, there isn't one! Fake it and you will be amazed at the results!
When it comes to furnishings, Jo says the following pieces are ideal choices for any den - especially where space is an issue!
CUBERT CHAIRWe love this upholstered armchair with under-seat storage and side arm storage boxes - the best part is it's an environmentally friendly piece and you can't beat that!
AIRIA MEDIA CABINETThis streamlined storage solution keeps your work area open and clutter-free. It also works as a petite console storage unit for those tight places. You can hide objects behind the door and display your nicer pieces on the shelves and on top. We'd love to see it used as a little bar storage area or as a small entryway table.
OFFICE CONSOLEPerfect for a small office, this multifunctional cabinet has a file drawer with a sliding printer shelf and two storage drawers, keeping everything conveniently within reach and neatly stored.
CLIO CORNER DESKThis desk makes great use of corner space, which is key in tight rooms! Its surface makes a great desk with lots of extra counter space. We love the idea of rolling a small filing cabinet or baskets underneath for additional storage.
Where you get it:
Wardrobe, shelves, picture & frames from IkeaRug, pillows, lamps, mirror & wall decals from Bou Clair
Studio Furniture Pieces:
Cubert Chair from 608 Design
Airia Media Cabinet from Design Within Reach
Office Console from Casa Life
Clio Corner Desk from Structube
Until next time,
w&c designer girl!