Last week my Daugher carried out her own Interior Design Challenge on her Mother-in-laws flat, she wanted to surprise her by giving the living room a makeover while she was away on holiday, and I helped out with the painting and sourcing of some second hand pieces of furniture.
It can be a challenge when it comes to small space living as we found out, narrow corridors to contend with
and finding furniture that will fit through them, plus your furniture, accessories and decor need to work that little bit harder. But with a few design tricks you can make your space feel much larger, so here are my tips on small space living.
- To make the space feel bigger, use pale colours on the walls to maximise natural light coming in from windows. Decorate walls with paint that use light reflecting particles to bounce light around. Look out for wallpaper with light reflective surfaces in the pattern, such as silver and gold or a glossy surface. Like wise add a couple of reflective surfaces to bounce light around the room, think of using, glass, mirrors, and shiny surfaces.
- When purchasing furniture, remember to measure the space where the item will be fitting into, and measure the piece of furniture before you buy it to check that it will fit. If something is going to fit close to the wall, measure from the skirting board, not the wall, in a small space the difference of it fitting could be that extra 1cm. If yo live in a flat make sure that furniture will fit through stairwells and corridors.
- Choose sofas and chair that have exposed legs as opposed to a sofa with a valance running along the bottom of it, this extends the floor area visible to the eye making it appear to be a larger surface.
- Make every inch of the space work for you, consider a fold down table, stackable chairs, if possible add shelves to walls.
- Use flooring throughout the home in the same colour and style, again doing this makes the area seem larger, it tricks the eye in thinking the space is bigger than it is.
- If the space needs to be multifunctional, think about creating zone's, a space for sitting and relaxing, a space for eating, and a space for sleeping, as demonstrated in this room above from Alvhem Interiors.
- Keep window dressing simple and unfussy. If you need to shut out the daylight, use a blackout blind, which can be pulled up during the day. Add a pair of light coloured curtains to dress the windows.