With these 8 easy-to-remember tips, small spaces will never cramp your style again.
1. Scale Down
Considering scale – the visual size of objects in relation to one another – is key. Small spaces can quickly become overwhelmed by even one disproportionately sized couch, so stay away from over-scaled furniture. Instead, pair a side chair or two with a
smaller-scaled sofa or loveseat.
2. Lighten up
Light brightens and visually opens up any space, so make the most of it. Strategically placed
mirrors can help reflect natural light into dark corners and create the illusion of depth.
3. Cut corners
Round furniture not only takes up less space, it's also easier to maneuver around in tight spaces. Go with the flow and carve out a dining nook with a
bistro table or opt for a round
coffee or side table instead of a rectangular one.
4. Go vertical
Make the most of your wall space to maximize storage and free up square meterage. Try installing wall hooks in place of a coat rack. Use
modular shelving to take bookshelves up to the ceiling.
5. Get in the zone
Small-space living can sometimes feel like you're trapped with nowhere to go. Create "zones" within a single space to create the illusion of multiple rooms. Try using
rugs and furniture placement to define different areas and activities (dining, relaxing, working). And if you're living in a studio flat, open bookshelves or a strategically placed
curtain can serve as a room divider or privacy screen.
6. Know your (colour) limits
For small spaces, that's generally two or three primary hues, max – any more and it'll start to feel chaotic. Stick with a light, muted palette to keep the room feeling spacious and bright. Use accessories like
bed linen to add in pops of colour.
7. Double duty
To save space, choose pieces that do double-duty – like nesting
side tables that easily stack when not in use, a
bed with storage drawers or a
coffee table that hides a pop-up desk.
8. Stay grounded
Rugs – think jutes, kilims and shags – are the best way to add accents, colours + patterns without taking up any extra space.