Making the Most of Your Space
Living and working in the city can be great – lots of places to go out, the hustle and bustle of being in the centre of things – but there can be drawbacks too, and the size of flats and apartments is a common one for many people who sacrifice living space in favour of lower prices and better locations.
But just because you only have a small living space, doesn’t mean that you have to think small when it comes to decorating your home; you can still be creative with your space and make practical choices at the same time.
Tables are a great place to start. They’re a necessity for most people – especially in living rooms and other areas where you spend a lot of time (everyone needs somewhere to put their cup of tea / coffee in the mornings!) and there are some types of tables that were specifically designed with small spaces in mind;
Coffee tables with storage compartments mean you can rid your room of the clutter which has a tendency to build up (and still have somewhere to put your drink) alternatively – or even as well as – you could opt for a nest of tables. Nests of tables (or stacking tables) offer more options than a single side table would – you can use just the main table and take the other two or three smaller ones out when needed for guests to use or to create different segments of your room.
It may not be physically possible for you to decorate your lounge with a three piece suite, but there are other options when it comes to seating arrangements.
For example, a 2 or 3 seater sofa bed will give you a place to sit as well as somewhere for guests to sleep, which is especially important if you don’t have a spare bedroom. Alternatively, modular furniture is a great choice as it means that you can pick and choose what your sitting area will look like (and what will fit into it) by selecting different sections and creating your own, custom corner sofa / l-shaped sofa. Another great idea to maximise seating AND storage is a storage footstool / ottoman. These are great for having an extra place to sit and to store clutter when you have guests over.
As any interior designer will tell you, illusion is your friend. There are many ways you can give your small space the appearance of a larger area, the easiest and perhaps most popular ‘trick’ is to use mirrors.
Placing a mirror opposite a large window will increases the amount of light in a room, while hanging one at the end of a room will give the illusion of length. Feature walls are also a great way to open up a room. Why not try creating a feature wall with a large mirror (or several smaller mirrors) to add further depth to the illusion of space in your small room.
Light and neutral colours will help give the illusion of space, if you think white or beige is too dull, try using muted pastel shades to give your rooms a splash of life. Whatever you do, you don’t have to give in to your small space. Brighten it up with the right colours, furniture, and accessories, and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.