City dwellers, we are bringing you our foolproof decor tips for making the most out of your interior space, no matter how small its size.
Offering a cosy, efficient and less costly lifestyle, smaller homes are becoming more prevalent than ever. However, uncertainty surround smaller scale living, namely the uncertainty of whether it could possibly offer what a larger space would. But smaller spaces can be just as beautiful, practical and functional. Let us show you how, with these 8 easy ways to get the most out of your space.
Although dark colours are key when creating a cosy, intimate interior, they can make a space feel closed off and dainty. Instead, opt for lighter colours that will create a sense of space and airiness. A great tip is to paint your skirting boards, trim, picture rail and other mouldings a lighter shade than your walls. This will elongate your space by drawing the eye upwards and in turn make your whole space seem bigger.
Mirror mirror on the wall…
Adding mirrors is a sneaky way to add depth and light to your space, while at the same time giving your home a wonderful decorative touch. Mirrors are able to bounce rays of light deep into space, giving your room the illusion of being much bigger than it is in reality. With their ability to reflect both natural and artificial light, your space will become lighter throughout the day and night. A top tip is to place a mirror close to a window. This trick works wonders when it comes to maximising natural light, and gives you a reverse image of the great outdoors!
Vertical stripes work a treat when it comes to making your space feel taller and more elongated. Vertical stripes draw the eye upwards, emphasising and exaggerating the height of the room. There are many easy ways to use them in your interior designs without going full candy-striped-walls. Try a tall shelf, a statement pendant light, or vertical wood paneling. Whatever method you choose the sense of openness will be maximised.
There is nothing that makes a space seem smaller than too much 'stuff'. This may seem straight forward, but we are all guilty of amounting at least some clutter. Therefore, step 1 is to try as best you can to keep your space organised. You will reap the benefits of a more open and practical space. In fact, we wrote a whole guide about it! Have a read!
An easy way of doing this is to avoid hanging too many things on your walls. Stick to a couple of mirrors, a focal piece of art, or a small cluster of 3 or 4 prints or paintings. Likewise, keep your floor as clear as possible. Avoid rugs that will make your space feel smaller and confined (ie. large shaggy rugs). If you do want to add a rug, opt for something bright and colourful with horizontal stripes. This will trick the eye into seeing the space as larger and brighter than it actually is.
Clever storage solutions are also key when decluttering a small space. As daunting as the task may seem, invest some time into deciding where personal items will be stored. This will help remove unwanted clutter and, in turn, create the illusion of a bigger space!
When buying furniture for smaller spaces, consider its purpose. Why waste your precious space on multiple items when there are so many smart, multi purpose pieces available? A great storage ottoman like the Bumper by loaf will give you a place to store almost anything whilst also being a functional seat and footstool. Under-bed storage is also fantastic and can singlehandedly solve the problem of winter-wardrobe-clutter during the summer months.
There is a common misconception that you shouldn’t have empty spaces in your home. But when it comes to making your small space look bigger, you need empty areas to create the feeling of spaciousness.
To create the illusion of spaciousness, avoid pushing sofas right up against the wall. Instead, pull them away by a few inches or even a few meters. This will create pockets of space, making the space appear larger. This trick also works with furniture height. For example, choose a sofa that is raised with space underneath it to allow light to wiggle its way through.
A clear warning for small space decor: stay away from dark and heavy fabrics, especially around windows as it will give a feeling of constraint. Instead, use lightweight and breezy fabrics such as linen to open up the space, reflect light, and add a feeling of wonderful airiness. This simple tip also works for soft furnishings: Go for lighter fabrics for both cushion covers and throws.
The biggest tip when trying to maximise your space, however, is to keep it simple! Keep clutter at bay and bright colours to a minimum. The more clutter, pattern, texture and knick-knacks, the more enclosed your space will feel. Like most things in life, everything in moderation is the best approach. Know your space's limits and asses every item that will be placed in the room asking yourself what it will bring to the space – If the answer is 'nothing', get rid of it! Our designers are space saving ninja's so click here to chat to a member of our team.
Want some help putting these tips into place? Why not work with one of our Homewings designers and begin your design project today!