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Hack a Small Space Like a Pro with These 9 Design Tricks

May 23, 2018

Depending on the design, a small space can be described as “cosy” and “charming” or “stuffy” and “cramped”. While it’s easy to select paint colour, furniture items, and lighting solutions for a large area, decorating a small space requires a lot more creativity and planning. But fear not! Today we are sharing a few interior design tricks professional designers use when working with small spaces. Let’s get started.


1. Declutter! Declutter! Declutter!


We can’t stress enough the importance of decluttering. Not only does it instantly give you more space, but, according to research, eliminating unnecessary items from our lives has positive psychological effects – from boosting creativity, to facilitating healthier sleeping patterns, to improving concentration.


2. Strategically placed mirrors are your best friends


This is the simplest way to visually expand your space. However, pay attention to the placement and the size of a mirror. For example, placing a large mirror behind a couch or a bookshelf to catch and reflect light, and thus adding depth to a living room, can have stunning results. Creating an entire mirror wall, on the other hand, can easily make your room look kitschy. Here are a few mirror placement tips you may find useful.


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3. Don’t limit yourself to neutral colours


Beige walls, white curtains, a light grey couch – these are all common choices for a small space and they all make sense. You can’t go wrong with a neutral pallet. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to boring interior design for living rooms or kitchens because they are small. Don’t be afraid to add a pop of colour, be it with an accent wall or a beautiful blue sofa. A colour pop adds sophistication and energy to your space, so don’t be afraid to take advantage of that. Check out 10 simple ways to add colour to your interior.


5. Use curtains to vertically extend your space


If you have low ceilings, hang your curtain rods and drapery as high up as possible. This simple trick will create the illusion of your space being taller than it actually is. Don’t simply place your curtain rods higher, though. For a dignified polished look, make sure your curtains are just touching the floor.


5. Use lighting as your secret weapon


When it comes to creating an illusion of space, lighting is a powerful tool. For example, a well illuminated ceiling adds height to your room. Adjustable lighting fixtures allow you to easily change the direction and angle of light. Recessed lighting creates a clean finished look. Read up on the art of designing with light and learn how to deliberately and strategically use light sources to manipulate space.


6. Look for multi-functional furniture pieces


Decorating a small room is about utilising every square centimetre of space. As already mentioned, clutter can ruin even the most gorgeous and spacious design, so you need to get creative when it comes to furniture and storage. For example, this coffee table both looks luxurious and is excellent for storage. And if you throw a couple of cushion pillows on top, it transforms into additional seating.