With the autumn term in full swing and everyone settling in to their student accommodation or new homes and apartments, this is the perfect time to revisit the popular Compact Living trend.
This time we’re bringing you top tips for small rooms – effective design tweaks that will help you optimize your space at little or no cost.
Mix and match furniture: Low & tall
Keep furniture low and punctuate with verticals here and there. In a small space it’s important not to feel boxed in.
Embrace your inner drama queen
Aggrandize small spaces with bold gestures. Smaller spaces are perfect for dramatic decorating because they require less time, money and materials. Dramatic moments offset the size of the space, making it look bigger.
Sit pretty in easy chairs
Mismatched furniture adds interest to any space. And in a small space easy chairs without arms are perfect because they're much easier to get in and out of. They're also more lightweight and can effortlessly be moved around the room to wherever they're needed.
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Don’t settle: pick your fights
Even though space may be tight, don’t compromise on what’s important to you. If you like a big bed, go with a big bed. But you have to pick your moments – for example choosing love seat or daybed rather than a full sofa.
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Zone distinct areas
Divide up your space by function using colour and furniture settings. By creating distinctions in the space it feels larger. A desk and bookcase help set off the office area, while a sofa grouping defines the lounge area.
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Become an illusionist
Create the illusion of height by hanging curtains directly underneath the crown molding at ceiling level. This will automatically makes the whole space feel airier.
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You can also make a space feel bigger with stripes. Traditionally, vertical stripes have been the common way to go. They create the illusion of height thus making ceilings appear higher than they truly are. Horizontal stripes are a little more edgy and modern than vertical stripes. They make rooms feel wider and can elongate spaces and feel bold, fun, and fresh.
Open up your kitchen shelves
Traditional kitchen wall cabinets with doors, while very useful, are dull and tend to close off a kitchen. Instead, open up your kitchen shelves by removing cabinet doors, allowing you to show off stacks of pretty dishes and glasses.
Avoid boxy furniture with sharp edges and pointy corners. Instead, choose curved furniture that can easily be walked around.
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Go with glass doors
Yes - we said little or no cost. And this will cost a bit - but it’ll be worth your while. Install glass doors to extend views and add interest throughout the home – even on closets (forcing you to keep your things neat and tidy!). It’s also a great way to light up dark storage spaces and enable you to showcase your treasures.
Credit: House Beautiful