Catching up on our Top Design last night, we fell in love with Ondine's vintage modern office. She picked the smallest room to design but chose elements that made it function like a big home office. 4 Tips for making your own small office feel bigger after the jump.
We recently watched the first episode of the two-part season finale and we loved Ondine's design choices. The vintage-y wallpaper, the classic black and white palette--it was inspiring. Here are some tips we came up with to make your own small office feel big.
- Make sure there is one big attention getter in the room. We say one because anything above one seems to make the eye wander around the room, focusing on the fact that the room is indeed, small. In this home office, Ondine's attention getter was the floral patterned wallpaper (and only on one wall). That way, as you enter the office, you're already looking at the opposite wall where the wallpaper is hung. It helped that the wallpaper had a lot going on, keeping your eyes fixed on the wall.
- Adding a mirror--the bigger the better. Ondine chose a medium to smallish mirror with a huge frame. The mirror acts as a second-tier attention getter by reflecting the opposite white wall. Again, creating an allusion that the room feels bigger than actually is.
- Adding a few large scale objects. The oversized lamp and couch actually have the opposite effect that one would think. By adding these large scale objects to the small room, the viewer focuses on the grandiosity of the lamp and couch and not the size of the space.
- Sticking to a simple color palette. Ondine decided to go with classic black and white, making the room flow effortlessly. The viewer is allowed to focus more on the grand scale of the furniture and the one attention getter rather than be aware of the color scheme.