More and more our clients are coming to us with the struggle of designing small spaces which is something we wanted to cover for you today in this article. Read on and enjoy!
These days, having a spacious home is considered a matter of luxury. With property prices going higher every day, it has resulted in people buying smaller homes, which is especially true for those who choose to live in central city locations. As the cost per square metre keeps rising, it is important to optimise small spaces and convert them into useful dwelling units.
By knowing how to make the most of your small space, you can convert it into a functional, cosy and aesthetically pleasing place. We have gathered some design tips on how to create the illusion of a more spacious residence.
- Built-in furniture
By introducing built-in furniture, you are making sure that the level of clutter is reduced and that your space becomes more airy and visually bigger. Built-in wardrobes and shelves are great storage options. There are lots of great built-in solutions for example pull-out beds. They will give you the option to sleep on a comfortable mattress without permanently occupying precious floor space. Also when the colour of your built-in furniture matches the colour of your walls an illusion of a bigger space will be created instantly.
- Lighter and soft hues
Dark and warm colours can make your space intimate while lighter and cooler shades will open up small spaces and make them appear bigger. Shades of blue and green will provide the optimum effect. Also, your place will look bigger by introducing colours that are in the same family and using a monochromatic colour scheme. Therefore, try to tonally match your wall finishes, drapery and furniture fabrics.
Contrasting colours will break up the space and will create a visual imbalance in smaller spaces. In fact, contrasting hues will make small spaces appear even smaller. Furniture in colours that match one of the walls will blend well with space creating the illusion of a bigger room.
- Go big
A large number of smaller, intricate pieces of furniture and decoration will clutter your space. As a result, your space will appear smaller. Instead, opt for a few larger pieces with a simpler design. With open space, no visual clutter and large blocks of colour, your room will appear spacious, airy, calm and enjoyable.
When lit appropriately, any room will appear bigger. This applies equally to both natural and artificial lighting. Remove any light-blocking items, materials and fabrics, and let as much light in as possible. Artificial lighting can also add some character to your space, so choose your luminaries wisely.
- Mirrors and other reflective surfaces
To achieve room-enlarging effects, introduce some big framed mirrors either on the wall or on a stand. It is common knowledge that by simply adding these elements, you will instantly create an illusion of a greater space. The longer and wider the reflecting surface, the better. You can use other decorative reflecting items that will bounce back light and open up your tiny space.
Optimising small spaces is not always an easy task, but when planned correctly, with a few well-placed items and smart design choices, you can actually make a room look bigger. Our last tip would be to hire a professional interior architect and designer, as we can help you to make your house cosy, functional and the knowledge on how to best use the space that you have.
We have worked on some amazing house renovation projects and we have a deep understanding of how to run them smoothly, on time and on budget. If you’d like to work together, or you know someone who would, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we would love to chat through it together.