Maximizing Your Space: Tips from Nick Olsen

Maximizing Your Space: Tips from Nick Olsen

Kristen Lubbe
Apr 13, 2010

No matter how much we love our home and trust our own design abilities, we are always open to tips and suggestions. We're especially open to them when they come from an industry professional that is pushing the envelope and creating spaces that you just don't see everyday.

Nick Olsen isn't your average interior designer — he takes risks, a lot of risks. We happen to find his take on design refreshing and a little off the beaten path. He willingly gave up an airy flatiron studio with architectural details for a lower, darker 1 bedroom apartment in Nolita. He looked at it as an exciting challenge and a "over-the-top jewel box on a smaller scale".

The five tips Olsen gives can be found throughout his own home — it's always good to practice what you preach, of course. He suggests that every room have one oversized piece, allowing all of the smaller pieces to come into focus. This oversized piece can be artwork, a large couch or even a bookcase.

Another one of our favorite tips of his is to "keep going after the logical stopping points". He continued the stripe design from his bathroom walls onto the back of the bathroom door. He didn't see any other option. Why is it that we all would have thought to stop at the door and leave it blank? We really enjoy that he's not afraid to push the envelope, especially when it comes to small spaces.

We're also pretty inspired by the amazing color palette in his home. A bold color palette is another one of his tips, "don't be afraid of Crayola color, especially in small doses." We all know how big of a punch bright accent pieces can pack, no matter how small. A bright accent pillow on the couch can mean the difference between drab and fab.

Nick has quite the background story of how he became an Interior Designer and Lonny Magazine was able to share.

Images: Patrick Cline

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