Making a small space feel like a proper home is a problem most of us face at some point in our lives. Trying to fit your whole life into a bedroom or designing a living room that can serve as an office, TV room and dining room is no easy task. Fortunately, there are many tips and tricks that you can try to ensure your small space look just as stylish and inviting as a big home. The following five tips are useful guidelines to start with:
- Use light colours
Expand your space visually by taking advantage of natural light as much as you can, and use neutral and light colour palettes. Although darker colours make a room feel warmer and cosy, they don’t reflect light, making the space feel much smaller. Incorporate neutral colours through elements such as your wall colour, curtains or furniture. Our Ulva sofa bed or a vintage grey carpet will lighten up any room and can be dressed up with a stylish throw and some pretty pillows.
- Expose your furniture
Keep small spaces clutter free and get maximum use from them by incorporating a few core pieces. Create a sense of space by pulling furniture away from the walls or cupboards. Even just a few inches in between the wall and your couch can make a big difference. Also remember that furniture with exposed legs is key. The Alisa or Stockholm sofa bed creates a minimalist look with multiple benefits, perfect for studies, inner-city apartments and cosy guest rooms.
- Make a statement
One large statement piece rather than multiple small elements will make a room less cluttered and make it feel bigger. Avoid heavy pieces that use up too much of the living space in the room. If you long for a statement piece, use something that you can hang on the wall or from the roof, but don’t consume valuable space by putting it on the floor. Bring art to the ceiling with this brass ceiling pendant or add a metallic pop to your décor with the Gatsby drinks trolley. Not only can you serve your drinks in style, but it can also be used to display an array of clear glass vases and decanters.
- Multi-purpose items
When you have limited space, choose multipurpose items. Make a beautiful shelf both a statement piece and a space to store all your books, or use an ottoman as a drinks table or extra seating when needed.
- Spread the light
Instead of harsh lighting focused on one spot, spread the light through the room by using a few smaller lamps.
Don’t fill up every exposed shelf in a room; leave some empty space and give your small space an airy look. Once again, bring natural light into your home as much as possible to instantly connect the room with the outdoors, no longer limiting your space.
Now that you’re armed with these practical tips, there’s no reason to not transform your space into the home of your dreams! Have a look at our small spaces, big ideas page for more inspiration.