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WEB-EXCLUSIVE: Maximize any space with clear furniture.

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These days it seems like everyone is downsizing. As a square-footage challenged apartment owner myself, I know the importance of maximizing what space you have. I want to make a statement and be stylish but space is a huge factor when buying furniture.  

One way to use your space intelligently is with clear furniture.  

Giving the illusion of space, this trend is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those with smaller homes. Incorporating clear acrylic or glass furniture into your home fools the eye into thinking there’s more to a room than there actually is.  

Perhaps the most well known example of transparent pieces is the Louis Ghost Armchair by Kartell. Created by French designer Philippe Starck and first introduced in 2002, these Louis XV-style chairs stand out from the crowd in a big way. Made of transparent polycarbonate, they are recognized for their famously royal design and modern material. I love the juxtaposition of a Lucite chair with a natural wood desk or dining table. It’s that perfect contrast of contemporary and natural lines.

Have a crammed eating area? Surround your table with clear dining chairs to visually make the area appear larger. They are less intrusive than traditional chairs and let’s face it, fun to look at. Is your bedroom a little bit too, let’s say, cozy? Replace that big black desk chair with a clear one as a space saver and for a less office-y feel.

Transparent furniture is not only for small spaces. It can be used to complement other items in a room. Virtually invisible, it hands the attention over to other furniture in the room while still serving its practical purpose of storage and shelving. Incorporate a clear coffee table or side console into your living room as a modern spin on the traditional table and your pretty area rug will thank you.

It’s important not to overdo this trend, as it will make a room look cold. See-through pieces are meant to be used sparingly and as statement pieces. To achieve the right balance, mix old materials with new. When the right contrast is met, you will have a smartly designed, seemingly uncluttered room.

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