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Maximising a small space through colour and design

In the realm of interior design, small spaces can present both a challenge and an opportunity. While limited space might seem confining, we encourage you to look at it as a canvas for creativity and innovation. Through the use of colour and some strategic design techniques, you can transform a compact area into an inviting, functional, and comfortable oasis.

Opt for lighter tones to give you the iIlusion of space: Colour holds the power to visually expand a room. Lighter hues, such as soft pastels, whites, and neutrals, reflect natural light and will create an airy, open feeling within your space. Painting walls, ceilings, and even furniture in lighter tones can be transformative in opening up confined areas. We recommend our shades Heart Felt, Clay White, Wheatgrass, Silver Sage, and Stitch In Time.

Make use of your vertical space: In smaller areas, every centimetre counts. Vertical spaces, though often underutilised, offer immense potential. Floor-to-ceiling curtains or shelving, tall bookcases, or hanging plants can draw the eyes upward, making the room feel taller and more spacious.

Embrace multifunctional furniture that fits your space: Choose furniture wisely and consider the scale of your room when purchasing. Multifunctional furniture like storage ottomans, sofa beds, or extendable dining tables serve dual purposes without overcrowding the space. Additionally, furniture with exposed legs creates a sense of openness by allowing light to pass through.

Have fun with contrasting accents: While lighter shades work wonders in small rooms, incorporating strategic pops of contrasting tones can add depth and character. Introduce bold accents strategically—a vibrant rug, a statement wall, or colourful decor items—to draw in the eye and create focal points without overwhelming the space. We love adding vintage pieces for a unique and eccentric look!

Leverage the power of natural light: Maximise natural light to amplify the feeling of spaciousness and openness. Use sheer window treatments that allow light to filter through while still maintaining privacy. Mirrors placed strategically will also reflect light and visually expand the room. Look for large mirrors to place on larger, open walls of your room.

Say goodbye to unnecessary clutter: Minimise visual disruptions by embracing streamlined designs and spend some time decluttering your space to make it feel more open. Choose furniture and décor with clean lines to create a sense of flow and prevent the space from feeling cramped.

Use optical illusions to your advantage: Design tricks such as horizontal stripes on walls or flooring can elongate a room, while creating a sense of movement. Additionally, incorporating a focal point or creating visual depth through layering textures can add intrigue and distract from the space's size.

Designing small spaces is an exercise in resourcefulness and creativity. By following our expert tips above, you can create a home that feels more expansive and comfortable. Remember: small does not have to mean limiting. For more professional design tips, check out the rest of our blog.