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Interior designer Alykhan Velji shares styling secrets for small spaces 0

Sarah Rowland, 24 hours

 

Perfect for small spaces, this multi-functional queen bed from Resource Furniture is attached to 42-and-half-inch shelving and a 9-ft sofa with adjustable chaise. As well, there is additional storage under the sofa seat. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Perfect for small spaces, this multi-functional queen bed from Resource Furniture is attached to 42-and-half-inch shelving and a 9-ft sofa with adjustable chaise. As well, there is additional storage under the sofa seat. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

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If you think squeezing all your stuff into a one-bedroom condo is a challenge, try turning a 300-square-foot room into a livable, chic home. It’s possible and Alykhan Velji is going to prove it at the Vancouver Home + Design Show. The celebrity interior decorator will be giving a “Small Space, Chic Style” presentation at the HGTV Main Stage on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 14 at noon. To illustrate how it can be done, Velji is bringing an impeccably designed, interactive micro-condo demo suite called Close Quarters to the show.

Here, then, are just a few of the design tips and trends for condo dwellers that Velji will be sharing:

 

Reflective pieces

Careful use of reflective surfaces — be it a glass coffee table in the living room or a mirrored backsplash in the kitchen — creates the illusion of more space. You’ll have light bouncing around, which will open the room right up.

 

Contrasting colours

Generally speaking, darker colours on your walls will only make your space look smaller. But, if do you want to add some deeper shades to your decor, make sure you contrast it with some lighter accents such as bright throw cushions.

 

Armless seating

Big overstuffed seating is going to suck up a lot of actual space as well as dwarf the visual size of your living room. It’s better to opt for streamlined arms on your couch and then go sans arms on your chairs.

 

Multifunctional furniture

The more a single piece of furniture can do, the better — couches that moonlight as beds, dining room tables that double as desks and ottomans that work as storage boxes.

 

Office organizers in the loo

Small bathrooms can be hard to keep tidy (especially for ladies who like to have easy access to all their beauty products). With that in mind, Velji recommends checking out your local office supply store. That’s where you’re going to find functional solutions for all those toiletry storage conundrums.

 

The Vancouver Home + Design Show runs Oct. 11 - 14 at BC Place Stadium. For more info, visit vancouverhomeanddesignshow.com.

 

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