Thanks to this weeks’ guest blogger Andrea Santos, Interior Designer, for this blog. Click here to send her an email.
One of the most common decorating challenges facing my clients is the belief that they do not have enough space. Most of the time, they do have enough. They just aren’t using the space effectively enough, and haven’t decorated it to highlight the space they do have. Here are a few quick tips to help your small place feel like a palace.
1. The Right Colours
Cool colours. Blue, grey, green. These are the colours you want to splash all over your home. However, it doesn’t have to be a light tone. Go ahead and paint that little living room in navy blue. Warm colours actually feel like they are moving towards you, making a space feel cozy. Cool colours, no matter how dark or intense they are, feel like they are moving away from you, giving the illusion of more space.
2. Less Is More
Use a fewer number of pieces, yet larger in size. It creates the illusion of space. Ditch the apartment sized sofa and three small chairs with multiple small side tables. Too much stuff. It feels cluttered, and therefore smaller. Use a larger, L-shaped sofa, and one coffee table. Your living room will instantly feel bigger.
Now that you have less furniture, how are you going to fit all those people for dinner? Expandable dining tables are always a good idea, but what about a console table that expands in to a dining table. Or, a sofa that has storage under the seat cushions. Suddenly, there is space that you didn’t know you had!
4. Large Statements On The Wall
Absolutely you can put some shelving or cabinets on your wall, however when you’re really wanting to make a space appear bigger, go with a big statement piece on your wall. The same theory that goes with furniture (less clutter), goes for your wall decoration. So go big!
5. Leave Blank Space
With small spaces many people try to stuff as many items as possible in every nook and cranny in order to maximize storage space. However, that clutters the space and makes the space feel cramped. Your space will feel spacious if you leave some empty corners. Resist the urge to fill every wall with furniture.