Maximising Your Small Space
Written by Cassandra Starkey – Guest Writer
If you’re short on space and struggling to design a functional yet stylish home, you’re not alone. In fact, British homes have been progressively getting smaller since the 1970s. And when you’re working with a smaller abode, the tendency is to focus on maximising practicality over style, which is never ideal. But there are several visual tricks which can make your space look and feel bigger and brighter than it really is.
Simplify and Declutter
When it comes to small spaces, the adage “less is more” reigns supreme. Getting rid of clutter and excess pieces you don’t need will instantly free up precious space. You don’t necessarily need to scale down the size of your furniture however. Having several smaller pieces together can end up looking crowded compared to just one single larger furnishing. Opt for sofas and chairs with legs rather than chunky floor-level or skirted pieces. You can further create light and airy feel with transparent glass furniture which looks chic and timeless in style. A glass coffee table, for example, will lend a light and airy feel to your living room.
Light It Up
You can create the illusion of space with strategic lighting. For the ceiling, choose a large light fixture that draws the eye up. For example, a sculptural statement ceiling light can add brightness and drama and open up your space. Multiple light sources, however, are needed to provide adequate warmth and illumination. Floor lamps will light up dark, narrow corners and add height. Wall sconces are useful in places when you don’t have surface space to spare. You can also use mirrors to reflect light and instantly imbue a dark, cramped room with brightness.
Neutral colours can make rooms feel calm and spacious — even more so if you paint the walls, skirting boards, and ceiling in the same shade to draw the eye up. Your furniture can blend in with your walls (and therefore take up less visual space) if you choose pieces in a similar colour. Be wary of white which can appear cold and stark. Sometimes, however, darker hues like navy and grey can make small rooms feel cosy and inviting. Be sure to contrast dark walls with lighter coloured furniture and accessories to create brightness and depth.
Just because your home’s on the smaller side doesn’t mean you can’t live large. You should be able to personalise each room with accessories which mean something to you. With careful planning and consideration, you can create a stylish home and make the most of your small space.