Interior Design Tips for Small Spaces

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Higher rents and shrinking buildings mean that small rooms are become more and more common nowadays. But just because our spaces are getting smaller, it doesn’t mean we need to feel claustrophobic. Here are a few interior decorating tricks that can be used to provide an illusion of space.

Colour me big

Colour is the greatest way to control the illusion of space. Sticking to more neutral and lighter colours will open up a space considerably. Even monochromatic tones can be used to create a roomier feel.

Windows

We all know that windows provide an open feel to a space, and where we may not have windows the same principles apply. Creating window-like effects will open up a room considerably. The most common way to do this is to use mirrors, as it provides more light, contributing to a more open feel.

Get vertical

Interior design BThinking from top to bottom instead of left to right is a great way to open up a space. Displaying items on hanging vertical shelves and using drapes from the ceiling to the floor take the occupants eye upwards, creating a sense of space and openness.

Less clutter

Don’t crowd products together on shelves, and where possible balance larger items in the store with some smaller pieces. This principle applies to the number of pieces of furniture in a room too.

Think outside the shelf

Shelves aren’t the only way to display items. There are many creative ways to save space. For example, for smaller items, a modified art frame can house a corkboard to pin products to.

Let there be light

This has got to be one of the easiest ways to create an illusion of space. Ensuring the space is well lit, with particular focus lighting on featured products or displays, will maximise the effect of space and light.

Get on the floor

Flooring is important in a room and, generally speaking, the lighter the floor the more open the space feels. Light rugs are a good way to add an element of space and brightness to a room if you can’t change the dark colour of the existing floor.

Glass

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Being transparent, glass is a great material to use for furniture such as tables and shelves. Since it allows light to pass through, it appears much less obtrusive than a similarly-sized object in a solid block colour or material.

Using some of these tips and tricks will allow you to get more out of your space. The curse of the smaller room is no longer such a big deal, as there is a lot that can be done now to create the illusion of space and a nice ambience.