Small spaces can often feel cramped and confining, leaving many of us searching for solutions to make them feel more open and spacious. The good news is that with some smart design strategies and a touch of creativity, you can transform your space into a room that feels like a breath of fresh air. In this blog post, we'll share five tips to help you make the most of your compact spaces and turn them into inviting, roomy havens. Whether you're dealing with a tiny apartment, a compact bedroom, or a cozy living area, these tips will inspire you to embrace the potential of your small space.
1 | Built-in joinery
Where possible, consider adding built-in joinery along the walls to make the most of the small space. This could include:
A storage unit to remove clatter that makes the space feel smaller
A floating TV unit that feels lighter than a freestanding unit
A banquette seat for your dining room that reduces the amount of space needed for the table
Floating bedside tables/shelves for small bedrooms
2 | Freestanding furniture
Make sure that the furniture that you select is in proportion to the room. Putting a very large sofa in the middle of a small lounge is going to make that room feel even smaller. This will also allow you to move the sofa slightly off the wall so that it looks less cluttered. Keep your room fairly minimal and don't clutter the space with too much decor - choose a few main pieces that you love. Where possible, choose pieces that allow your eyes to see to the back of the room. Examples of this include dining chairs with a rattan or open frame back and low sofas that allow you to see over the top of them.
3 | Paint
Painting everything in the same colour will help the room appear larger. That means using the same colour for the walls, ceilings and woodwork, but just in different finishes (we use flat on the ceiling, low-sheen on walls and semi-gloss for woodwork). White tones often make a room feel more spacious too, but that is not always the case. If you love moody tones, you could go with a muted colour instead - but just paint everything in the same colour.
4 | Lines
Think about using vertical or horizontal lines on your walls to elongate the room. This could be done through VJ paneling, artwork and wall paper featuring lines, floor-to-ceiling wall-to-wall sheer curtains (you can still do this even if your windows are not that big), or tall/high joinery.
5 | Natural light
Natural light has a super power of making any space feel bright, light and spacious. Remove anything that may be blocking your windows and stopping light from entering the space. Adding mirrors can also help by bouncing that natural light around to make the room feel brighter. Of course, you can also add more/larger windows or even a skylight.
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