Design Tips for Small Rooms

Choose the Right Furniture

    • Opt for smaller ‘space saving’ furniture where possible. These can be just as functional as full sized alternatives, but a fraction smaller. This could be the vital difference in making the room look larger.
    • Look for furniture that has multiple uses. Beds and sofas with hidden storage are ideal space savers.
    • Also think about furniture that hides away when you’re not using them. Sofa beds, folding tables, and extendable tables are useful examples.
    • Choose items that are easily moveable so you can rearrange the floor plan to optimise space. This can also help you find dual purpose for your furniture.
    • Furniture with legs has a lighter look than items that sit directly on the floor.
    • If your larger furniture can blend in with the surroundings, it will create the illusion of space. Consider painting these in a similar colour to your walls.
    • Clever use of glass can also make a room appear more spacious. Adding glass doors to built-in cabinets can have a great impact.

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Lighting

  • Allow as much natural light to enter the room as possible.
  • Keep curtains pulled back in daylight hours to let the light in. If the view outside the window is uninspiring, place small plants or ornaments on the window sill for a nicer look.

 

 

Colour Choices

  • Light colours make a room look big and airy.
  • If a room doesn’t get much natural light, warm yellows and greens can give a more open feel.
  • You can still use bold colours; just tone them down, or limit their usage. Use colour in small areas, such as rugs or shelves, so they don’t overpower the room.

     

Mirrors

  • It’s a common tip, but mirrors do make small rooms appear larger. They reflect the light in the room, making it feel brighter.
  • Place mirrors near to a window to reflect more natural light into a room.
  • Positioning a mirror opposite a focal point gives a greater impression of depth.

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Reduce Clutter

  • Have designated places for putting items away when not in use, and make sure that they are put away!
  • Floor space is precious. Try to keep the floors clear to increase the visible space.
  • Avoid having too many ornaments laid-out or too many pictures on the wall. These will make the room look busy and cluttered.
  • Rather than lots of little items; choose one main feature. Often this choice is made for you, such as the bath in your bathroom, and bed in your bedroom. This focal point will draw the eye from the edges of the room.

 

Planning

  • Plan ahead: Draw out a floor plan, and determine where your desired furniture would fit in the room. Would the layout be functional?
  • Think of the areas where you’ll spend most time, and make sure you design in a way that suits your personal needs. Do you read in bed? Do you eat in the living room? – Think about whether you need extra furniture to accommodate your habits, and whether these will fit your space.

 

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