Hack a Small Space Like a Pro with These 9 Design Tricks
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.
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7. Embrace open storage
When decorating small space, you may instinctively want to hide your storage. However, don’t conceal all of your items in a chunky set of drawers. Use open cabinets and shelves and make storage part of the interior design.
8. Define the purpose of a space
If you live in a studio apartment or have a room that serves multiple purposes, give definition to each area. For example, open shelving can separate living space from a dining area. Placing large plants in between your bed and a sofa visually separates the two functions. Area rugs are perfect for unifying furniture items around the same purpose. Zoning your small space reduces the risk of clutter and gives a flow and logic to a room.
9. Add balance with symmetry
Symmetry is a common interior design trick. It adds structure, stability, and simplicity to an area. It is scientifically proven that our brain subconsciously sees symmetry as soothing, comfortable, and reliable. Visual balance is important in any interior design, but even more so for smaller spaces. So think of such elements as wall art, seating arrangements, or decorative items and see if you can add symmetry to them.
We hope you found these tips useful. Feel free to share your hacks with our readers in the comments section below. And remember, it’s not the size of a space that makes it a home. It’s the love and care that you put into creating a space that you want to come home to at the end of the day.