When square footage is scarce, filling yours with heavy, dark furniture is a surefire way to instantly make your space feel crammed. Instead, look to glass and acrylic furniture that makes little-to-no footprint, and lets your gorgeous floors or striking rug show through.
Large windows and low-level furniture provide unobstructed views of Central Park in the living room. After enjoying dinner and drinks in the dining, the owners can take a seat on the sectional and enjoy the roar of the fireplace.
Small bursts of color stand out starkly against the all-white palette of this modern, minimalist home. In the space, a combination of white and clear acrylic furnishings appear to “float” on the white floors. Even the baseboards are recessed to emphasize the home’s feeling of weightlessness.
Although the main spaces of this home have an open concept design, clear boundaries are created within that open space through the strategic placement of furniture and architectural elements. For example, the molded heading separates the living room from the kitchen and foyer, while the two armchairs provide clear limits to the living room.
The Beaver Creek, Colo., home provides expansive mountain views with crystal clear floor-to-ceiling windows. Low, contemporary furniture is comfortable and chic, yet doesn't distract from the views beyond.
A large gray rug with a purple pattern becomes the main attraction in this sleek contemporary living room where the furniture is all white, gray or clear. The glossy tiles of the fireplace add an extra layer of texture.
With crisp white walls and minimal decor, this modern apartment in Greenwich Village, N.Y., makes one thing clear: less is definitely more. From the colorful canvas to the bench below, every piece of furniture in the foyer serves a purpose and makes a statement.
Every space in this San Diego condo is used to its potential. This open space between bedrooms and bathrooms is turned into a music room the whole family can enjoy. To keep the floor clear, guitars are hung on the walls, and bright orange furniture brings playful color to the room.
In this focal fireplace by architect Jim Rill, Pennsylvania flagstone distinguishes the fireplace surround and floor, and the mantel and trim are made of clear fir to complement the mission-style furniture and exposed beam ceiling beautifully. Note how placing the TV off to one side rather than directly above the hearth keeps the focus on the fireplace.
A distressed rug gives a nice faded element to the pigmented furniture pieces surrounding it. A mix of patterned pillows decorate the mustard yellow sofa situated in front of the floral wall tapestry with complimentary hues. Deep red cushioned wood chairs and a shaggy faux fur seat surround the remaining sides of the clear, plastic contemporary coffee table.
Glass walls fully retract to open the living and dining spaces of this modern home to its natural outdoor setting. The hillside views are rugged and natural, and organic interior elements help connect the indoor and outdoor vistas. Clean lined, modern furniture fits with the clean, geometric planes of the architecture. Meanwhile, the open-concept plan keeps the sight lines open and clear.
Consider using see-through furniture in tight spaces. This contemporary acrylic table makes a great coffee station and uses the available space well, freeing the kitchen counter of a coffee maker, toaster and fruit bowl. The clear table doesn’t add visual clutter, while the stools add a place for guests or kids to perch. This room was designed by Clay Snider Interiors for Dwell with Dignity, which creates inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty.