Dealing with a Small Space? Consider these tips!

small spaceWhether you live in a smaller apartment or condo in the Washington, D.C. area, or you are presented with small spaces in your suburban home, do not be intimidated by the square footage.

Small spaces aren’t as daunting as they may seem. You can do a large amount with a small space. Consider some of the tips below and remember that even tiny things can make a huge difference!

    • When you have a blank canvas, your options will seem endless. As previously discussed on our blog this month, there is nothing wrong with a little extra space. Clutter can cause anxieties and, unfortunately, it can make a small space seem smaller. Know when to stop adding design elements to your small space. If it feels like too much, it probably is.
    • Painting the walls in your small space with lighter colors can make the room appear larger. Unlike dark colored walls, lighter colored walls will reflect light instead of absorbing it. Dark colors, although comforting or cozy, make the room feel smaller. Go monochromatic with light hues and expand those walls! Also, you can paint your ceiling so the room will feel taller.
    • You may be familiar with the mirror trick. It’s true! Mirrors on a wall can help to create an illusion of more space. Keep in mind that the placement of the mirror is important. If possible, place a mirror on the wall across from a window. Similar to light colors on a wall, the light will reflect off the mirror and make the room appear more spacious.
    • Don’t be afraid to throw it away! A perk of living in a smaller space is that you will often feel the need to declutter. There is no need to save something that is cramping the, already, small space. However, if you are unsure about an item, use hidden storage pieces, such as an ottoman, where you can tuck it away until you need it.
    • Leave those windows uncovered. Although it may seem a bit invasive to do this, it can illude your mind to believe that your small space has depth. If privacy is necessary, use sheer or lightly colored drapery on the windows.

There are many design tricks that can make your small space appear larger. At Danziger Design, we can make the most of your space, both large and small.

We offer full service design, conceptual design, home transition assistance, or simply a design consultation. No matter what your needs, Danziger Design can help! Visit our website and contact Danziger Design to learn more!

The Odd Dilemma: Too Much Space?

More SpaceAn interesting statistic from a NPR article states that, “The average American house size has more than doubled since the 1950s.” Yet, we still complain about not having enough space. The problem that we may face is not that we do not have enough space, it is that we have too much stuff in our space.

As your year comes to an end, begin consolidating, getting rid of, and organizing items throughout your home. You may find yourself in an odd (or unfamiliar) dilemma: Do you have too much space, now?

Before rushing to fill the new space in your home, consider this: Is extra space a bad thing? No! There are many benefits to de-cluttering and revealing extra space (other than having more room for storage).

  1. Revealing more space by decluttering can not only clear your home, but it can also clear your mind.
  2. You will see that your home is a lot larger than you may think. Upgrading your home may not be necessary if you clear out some unnecessary items throughout the house. You will uncover space that can be utilized in a new way.
  3. You can save money by avoiding making an impulse purchase for the new found space. You will be able to identify items you do need and plan accordingly to fit a specific budget. Hiring a professional to assist you when designing/organizing your new space can help you to save money. Danziger Design can work with you to make great use of the new found space in your home, without the need for impulse purchases.
  4. One of the best reasons to appreciate more space (and less clutter) is that you will save time and avoid stress. When looking for a misplaced item or space in your home can be stressful, irritating, and cause anxiety. Decluttered and organized spaces throughout your home will save you time and reduce stress, especially when in search for a particular item.

Enjoy the empty spaces in your home. Use the end of 2014 and the start of 2015 to keep clutter out of your home. Contact Danziger Design to learn more about how you can utilize the new space you reveal and improve your home’s appearance in 2015.

Interior Design for Guest Rooms

guest roomThe holiday season is a prime time for guests to visit your household. Unfortunately, with the lack of time and patience during the holidays, we tend to neglect the aesthetic appeal of guests rooms and other rooms in the home. While having scrumptious food on the table is a plus, boring your guests with outdated decor and design can impact the excitement on the holidays.

When people visit your home, do you think your guest rooms provides a ‘WOW’ factor? Perhaps your guest room needs a transformation into an unforgettable space that will leave your guests in awe. Over the holidays this winter, ask your guests what they would like to see for next year. Is there anything that needs improving?

Being a great host starts with being confident in your home’s appearance. Working with a professional interior design company, like Danziger Design, is a great way to showcase your home to look its best. If you have no idea where to begin, need help putting your ideas together, or you just do not have the time to style and decorate your home, Danziger Design is here to help.

Figuring out what design elements to incorporate into your guest bedroom can be tough. Danziger Design is happy to help you find the elements that gives your guest room the ‘WOW’ factor your friends and family will never forget. View our portfolio to see some of our design work in guest rooms around the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia area. If you are interested in our interior design services, please contact us, today!

Danziger Design Speaks at Houzz Panel

Danziger DesignRecently, the Washington Design Center opened on 14th Street in D.C. The Washington Design Center houses designer showrooms from a new mix of luxury furnishings vendors, including Robert Allen, the host of the event.

Among the companies and individuals chosen to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony, and participate on a panel, was our very own Wendy Danziger!

Alongside other local designers on the panel, Wendy contributed ideas on how to utilize Houzz as a marketing tool to gain new clients and attract attention from the press. Many who attended the panel discussion seemed very eager to take advantage of Houzz, much like we did at Danziger Design.

Homeowners all around the Washington Metropolitan area are able to join Houzz to receive tips from professionals like Danziger Design free of charge. Houzz is a great tool for homeowners to get in touch with designers, as well.

Clients should feel comfortable with their designer. So, in an effort to build those relationships, Danziger Design are active on our Houzz account so we can connect with homeowners throughout the area.

Danziger Design was thrilled to participate in the incredible event and we look forward to the next opportunity to share our expertise of the design world. Contact us today to learn more about our services! Also, be sure to follow us on Houzz!

See Danziger Design in Today’s Washington Post’s House Calls

In today’s House Calls we provided our interior design solution for a living room in the Washington Post.  The challenges were to create a casual space with seating for entertaining and to maximize light in the space.

This was our “AFTER” solution…

house calls after

Illustration By Julius Goyanko For The Washington Post

We first worked with the “background” pieces to create symmetry in the room. We did this by addressing the windows and making them look unified by replacing the individual blinds with one workable Roman shade in a textured fabric.

Next, we covered the single radiator in the room with a custom radiator cover and to balance the room, we added another radiator cover on the other side.

We selected the mandarin orange rug to liven up the space and as a result kept our furniture pieces neutral to ground the room. Pops of the orange were used sparingly – on the pillows and a throw blanket.

We suggested adding recessed lighting on a dimmer to properly light the space, and we added a floor lamp with a black shade for ambient lighting. The room comfortably seats seven people. Not shown in the picture is a leather bench (in orange) that seats two people. Chairs can also be brought in from the dining room for additional seating.

Our favorite pieces in the room are the dual cocktail tables with adjustable height from Pottery Barn.
Pottery Barn Cocktail table

This is the room “BEFORE” our solution…
before house calls

Click HERE to see the article in the Washington Post.