Nowadays, it’s all about downsizing. Many of you may soon be heading to a dorm room (comparable to the size of a shoebox) or moving into your first, lets just say “petite,” apartment… Regardless of your homeward destination, I think we can all agree on the importance of breathing room. When space is limited it’s time to get creative! So, how does one take an inch and make it a mile? The answer is clear.

One of my favorite tricks of the trade is to incorporate clear acrylic or glass furniture or accents (Plexiglas and Lucite are also nice “clear” materials). Just one see-through piece can entirely reshape a room by giving it a more spacious and less cluttered feel. I love classic pieces crafted in clear materials because they maintain a sophisticated look while giving the traditional shape a cheeky and modern spin. (Note: Be forewarned… Clear accents can be dangerous for unwary guests, so please refer to my CFW* precaution at the foot of this post.)

Have a small space? Consider clear your new BFF. If your room is particularly tight, swap out that big black desk chair for an acrylic alternative. Or, if you’re living room is just a bit too cozy, incorporate a clear coffee table or footstool (your pretty rug will thank you for the extra press).

Transparent pieces are not limited to tiny spaces though… Clear furniture is perfect for balancing out rooms that are very ornate or heavy with wood or bold colors. The weightless feel of acrylic and glass furniture allows you the practicality of storage and use as well as the beauty of a sleek, seemingly uncluttered room.

If the see-through thing is just way too space age for you, try flirting with smaller room accessories like lamps, trays (see photo on left) and vases. Even slighter scaled items make a clear difference.

What do you think about clear furniture? Are you inspired?

P.S. If you have clear accents in your home or dorm room upload and submit a photo to your profile page and share the link in the comments below. I will share my favorite personal photos in a Member Spotlight post. Click here to learn how to upload and submit photos.

*CFW (Clear Furniture Warning): Many, if not most, unsuspecting guests might not spot that clear chair or stool amidst your beautifully decorated home. For the sake of safety and to avoid inevitable embarrassment, accessorize the clear item with something (i.e., book, throw, vase etc.). Let’s just say, I know someone who has fallen victim to an “invisible” chair after a girl’s night out… We’re still uncertain as to where to place blame. Some say the chair possessed Cheshire Cat-like abilities, while others–such as myself–believe it was due to this friend’s martini-impaired vision. The verdict is still out.