Turning a house (or a flat) into a home doesn’t have to be tricky; it all depends on how closely you abide by the sacred style rules of furnishing small spaces.
And fortunately, we’ve gathered some tried-and-tested tips from some of our busiest Interior Designers/Decorators to make your next interior design project (in a small space) so much easier…
You can’t skip the lighting factor, but you can opt for more clever ways to introduce illumination into your small spaces by focusing on the walls and ceiling instead of the floor.
That’s why it’s recommended to rather invest in wall sconces and ceiling downlighters (depending on your home style) instead of floor- and table lamps.
Bulky pieces close to the floor only eat up more visual legroom. Instead, choose slim-style furnishings that are elevated a bit off the floor (hanging chair, anyone?) to make a small space look roomier.
It’s simple: dark colours can make spaces appear smaller, and light colours open them up. But for visual interest, include three colours in your main palette: two light shades for the majority of the room, and one darker colour for a (little) bit of style drama.
Look to your furnishings and accessories to create different “zones” in your small interiors. For instance, use your sofa’s back to separate your living room from the dining/cooking zone. Or plant a bookcase between your sleeping- and working zone/home office.
Adding an irregularly shaped rug is not just about adding detail and anchoring a room. This can ensure a sense of visual flow while also drawing attention away from the limited space.
Furniture made from glass or acrylic is terrific for freeing up extra visual legroom (just like those slim-style ones we asked you to consider in tip no. 2). And bonus points if your interiors are of the modern/contemporary/minimalist kind, for they welcome see-through furniture with open arms.
Every available centimetre counts in a small space, which is where double-duty furniture can help you save on legroom. So, instead of buying just a bed, search for one with built-in storage compartments and/or which folds into a sofa. Or purchase an ottoman (yes, also with built-in storage space) to be used as both a coffee table and extra seating.
If you’re renting or just don’t feel like putting holes in your walls, you can still display pretty pieces around your home by letting artwork, mirrors, etc. lean on shelves or against walls.
And while we’re busy with mirrors, carefully consider their placements – mirrors near windows are better at reflecting light, making small interiors look and feel more spacious.
Furniture and décor with rounded/curved edges make a space look “softer”, scare up a bit of extra legroom, plus add dimension, especially if the majority of the pieces in the room consist of sharp lines, rectangular/box shapes, etc.