picture of header

Professional Advice

picture of rey hernandez

T

here's nothing more helpful than consulting a professional when it comes to doing something unfamiliar or new.

In most cases, college students don't have access to an interior designer they could consult for advice.

Let's face it, paying for a consultation on how to decorate your dorm is not going to happen for most college students!

Interior designer Rey Hernández took time out of his busy schedule to answer some of my questions about designing for small spaces.


One on One with Rey Hernández

Lauren:

How do you maximize space in a room?

Rey:

Small spaces can be maximized by various methods. Light paint colors will visually make walls appear to be further away. Smaller scaled furniture will also seem to "fit" a small space better. Although you can have two different sofas that are both 84 inches long, the one with the lower back that sits lower to the floor with no toss pillows will fill the space better than one with a taller back and multiple pillows. Occasional tables with glass tops also allow the line of site to go the top rather than block the view.

Lauren:

How should short ceilngs be dealt with?

Rey:

If you're looking to make them feel taller, paint them a lighter color than the walls (or white).

Lauren:

Does a small room mean small furniture?

Rey:

Not necessarily. Smaller furniture in a small room will make the space feel larger. However, certain larger scaled furniture pieces in smaller spaces can be quite dramatic. It depends on you're going for.

Lauren:

Are there any good colors that give the illusion of more space?

Rey:

Light will always give that illusion. They tend to have a higher light reflective value. Darker colors, which absorb light, will appear to bring the wall surface closer. This is why dark walls make rooms feel more intimate.

Lauren:

Do you have any advice about creating the illusion of space? Aren't mirrors for that?

Rey:

Yes, mirrors are a great solution! An oversized framed mirror will do wonders. However, to maximize their effect, it's best to put them up against a perpendicular surface. For example, a mirrored wall that abuts the ceiling will reflect it more seamlessly. You initially don't realize where the real ceiling starts or ends!

Lauren:

If you could share 5 to 10 tips or tricks for saving space, what would they be?

Rey:

Lighter colors, light weight upholstery fabrics, minimalistic window treatments, furniture that sits lower to the floor, glass top tables, and minimal accessorizing. However, try to include one large painting or table top accessory to drama!