For many of us living in cities, space comes at a premium. Having lived in London for years, I know the perils of inhabiting a tiny space, small rooms can feel dark and cluttered very easily. If you’ve got a small space and want to make the most of what you have, here are a few tips and tricks to make your space feel bigger.
Light: Stand in your room at mid day and notice where the light comes from, do you get natural light from the window? what direction does the light travel into the room? If the light shines directly in and hits a particular wall, place a mirror on the wall to maximise the natural light source and open up your space. Use mirrors, furniture with a high-shine finish and glass to create reflections and bounce light around.
Texture + Print: Using texture and print within a small space adds depth. Add a textured rug, sheer curtains, a chunky knit throw or bright printed cushions in an array of fabrics to give the illusion of depth.
Colour: In a small space light colours help to open up the room, making the space feel brighter. As a lover of colour, the thought of a pure white room sends me into a spin. However, it’s the way in which you cleverly use colour that counts! Keep walls light and bright and add colour using bright light shades, cushions and accessories, this way you get the best of both worlds. Creating a bright space that doesn’t look bland or lifeless.
Trickery in proportion: One great trick is to work with proportion, to trick the eye into thinking the dimensions of the room are greater than they actually are. If you have a tall narrow space, hang a landscape picture frame or mirror, creating a visual trick, the landscape frame will trick the eye into thinking the space is much wider. Likewise if you have very low ceilings and a wide wall, hang a portrait frame to give the illusion of height.
Storage & hanging: Ahh the all important subject! storage is vital when living in a small space. Clutter can make a space feel much smaller, keep your processions in check having a regular clear out of clothes and things you don’t use. There are many nifty storage solutions you can use, including vacuum sealed bags under the bed for storing clothes you won’t be wearing daily, if you have a clothes rail invest in some ultra-thin coat hangers meaning you get more dresses to a rail, roll up t-shirts, jeans and clothes kept in drawers, rolling items means they tidy away in a more compact way so you can get more per drawer.
‘Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need’ -Sarah Ban Breathnach
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