Turning a house (or a flat) into a home doesn’t have to be tricky; it all depends on how closely you abide by the sacred style rules of furnishing small spaces.
And fortunately, we’ve gathered some tried-and-tested tips from some of our busiest Interior Designers/Decorators to make your next interior design project (in a small space) so much easier…
1. Light up your walls
You can’t skip the lighting factor, but you can opt for more clever ways to introduce illumination into your small spaces by focusing on the walls and ceiling instead of the floor.
That’s why it’s recommended to rather invest in wall sconces and ceiling downlighters (depending on your home style) instead of floor- and table lamps.
2. Keep furniture off the floor
Bulky pieces close to the floor only eat up more visual legroom. Instead, choose slim-style furnishings that are elevated a bit off the floor (hanging chair, anyone?) to make a small space look roomier.
3. Pick light colours
It’s simple: dark colours can make spaces appear smaller, and light colours open them up. But for visual interest, include three colours in your main palette: two light shades for the majority of the room, and one darker colour for a (little) bit of style drama.
4. Split up space with furniture
Look to your furnishings and accessories to create different “zones” in your small interiors. For instance, use your sofa’s back to separate your living room from the dining/cooking zone. Or plant a bookcase between your sleeping- and working zone/home office.
5. Try a unique rug
Adding an irregularly shaped rug is not just about adding detail and anchoring a room. This can ensure a sense of visual flow while also drawing attention away from the limited space.