Hope you've all been enjoying the glorious weather we've had over April. With so many of us house-bound at the moment, this is a great time for de-cluttering your home and making more space. Space creation is one of the most common things that clients ask me about.
For me, this is an impossible subject to cover briefly but I'm going to share what I believe to be some of the most important elements of space creation.
................ it’s all about a bit of savvy organisation!
Let’s start with mirrors. Large mirrors always create the illusion of more space and look glamorous and stylish. This works particularly well in small hallways. Using mirrors can instantly transform a space and make it look bigger & brighter. See how the reflection in the image below practically doubles the appearance of the hallway. In small spaces, the mirror will be your best friend!
In a room with a limited amount of natural light, mirrors placed directly opposite windows will add instant light. Decorative mirrors can also be used in place of art to fill empty wall space. Large or small, mirrors add light and dimension to your living space.
Who doesn't have an issue with storage? Built in-storage may sound like a throwback to the 1980s but done well it really works, trust me! Building cupboards up to ceiling height and into the corners will give you more space and will make your room look bigger and less cluttered. It will maximise your floor space. This will work in any room in your house.
If you paint the units in the same colour as the walls it will create the illusion of even more space. This will give your room a more streamlined appearance as seen here below.
Rooms with awkward walls can also benefit from built in storage. In this image below the back wall looks more streamlined because the wardrobes have been fitted wall to wall and ceiling to floor into the corners. This allows for more storage and will make the room appear bigger. The contrasting colour also creates an interesting feature.
@ Metro Wardrobes
Incorporating TVs and sound systems into storage units will also be more space-efficient than stand-alone units.
@ Lakeside Joinery
Have you ever noticed how your house gets messed up without even trying? Maximise space with multi-functional furniture such as ottomans that hold DVDs, video games accessories, books & a whole lot more. It can also offer extra seating. Beds can store all sorts of things such as towels, sheets, seasonal clothes etc. like this one below.
If you're renovating a small bathroom and want to make it feel bigger, use the same tiles throughout the room (walls & floors) so the shower blends in seamlessly, creating the illusion of a bigger room.
Small rooms can be overwhelmed with windows framed in full window treatments especially with a lot of pattern or dark colours. Using elaborate window treatments draws attention to the windows instead of just accenting them. Choose window treatments that let light in and gently frame the windows. A simpler style will blend harmoniously with a wall rather than visually breaking up the wall. Tasteful Roman blinds or shutters will work much better on smaller windows.
@ The Enchanted Home
See how simple but effective the above window looks. You could also use the area under the window for storage, like an ottoman. Using light colours will make walls appear to recede, creating a bright and airy feel. Whites, light greys and earthy neutral are perfect colours for this.
Transparent furniture such as glass or acrylic will work a treat in small spaces and will blend in with other pieces of furniture & accessories whilst fulfilling a functional purpose, especially in small city centre apartments & kitchens. Circular dining tables work best in small spaces. Look at opportunities to create extra seating by building into recessed walls as can be seen on the image below.
A quick word about lighting. In small rooms, lights are best located on walls, about 30 cm below ceiling height and directed to shine up across the ceiling and down the walls. This spreads light over the surfaces, rather than concentrating the light in a single direction. This will create the illusion of size.
Hope you've found this helpful. Thanks for reading my blog & see you again next month!