For her latest post, our interior designer Marlene Card  has a few design tricks up her sleeve to help you make the most of a small space.


A common problem that a lot of my clients face, is the dilemma of trying to make a small space appear larger. They’re often impressed with the tips I give them. It’s amazing how a few small changes here and there can make even the tiniest space appear larger. Here are a few design tricks that I’ve shared with my clients over the years. I hope you find them useful!


White is often used to make small spaces appear larger. Add your own style with your favourite objects. They will pop out and you will love them even more. A successful white interior has texture, right proportions and different finishes soft and hard, to make a white room still feel warm.

Sliding doors

Swinging doors tend to take up space, so use sliding doors instead. Frosted doors in particular, give the illusion of more space beyond.

Floor Space

Lift your furnishings off the floor. Use light furnishings with legs, no bed skirts or heavy club chairs. Cantilever your cabinets. Show off your floor space. Keep your flooring the same throughout. Try not to chop up each space with floor lines. Consistent flooring will give an appearance of more space.


Carefully applied, the right lighting can elevate any space, making it seem bigger, cleaner, more welcoming and more modern.


I know this is extreme but I love this pic! We all know less is more.

Marlene Card is a Registered Interior Designer with IDC (Interior Designers of Canada) working with fashion forward interiors since 1990, specializing in multi- family residential interiors in Toronto and surrounding areas for the past 12 years