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Decorating small spaces brings with it many challenges. You want the design to look that's visually spacious, but you don’t want to compromise on functionality. Thus, every square inch must be skillfully used to offer some utilitarian value.
From clever storage solutions to simple room dividers and smart furniture options, learn how to make the most of your small-space situation with these creative design ideas from experts.
1. Use natural light to your advantage
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The trick to creating bright and airy interiors is to lighten everything up, and a few well-placed changes can make all the difference. A mirror that reflects light coming in from a window, a reflective piece of furniture or light fixture and pastel colours will do the job too. Pair together light and neutral shades of colour to create an interesting decor so that the texture, sheen and fabric detailing are what stand out.
2. Pick a light colour palette
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Dark colours weigh down a room while light colours bring about a light and airy feeling. You don’t have to spend big bucks on changing your sofa upholstery and re-painting the wall; simple quick fixes like choosing pastel colour cushion covers, light, patterned rugs and swapping the wintery lampshades for light toned fabric shades will do the job just as well.
3. Gauzy curtains and sheer fabrics
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Gauzy, sheer curtains create a more visually open space that looks polished and luxurious at the same time. Light and gauzy curtains do not interfere with air circulation the way heavier silk and velvet options do. They create the perfect backdrop for the room too.
4. Fluid room dividers
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Sometimes a room divider is a must for privacy, as well as visually segregating two functional zones. Needless to say, heavy dividers like wooden bookshelves or walls with cubby holes will create obstructions in the fluidity of space and look rather ‘heavy’ in a small space. If you are considering dividers within your living space, to visually break apart different functional zones, do it with light and airy partitions.
5. A natural touch
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The best way to beautiful small spaces is to bring green accents indoors. Think fresh cut flowers in tall vases, fresh fruit displayed in glass bowls and gorgeous planters brought the indoors to bring in a touch of naturalistic colour, texture and aromas.
6. Play with material
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Mixing and matching materials; soft upholstered couches, fibreglass stools and metal coffee table, creates an interesting layout which adds an element of intrigue to a small living area. A see-through coffee table also visually opens up a tight space. Lightweight, textured materials make your home light and airy, especially if you add colour in small doses through carefully selected decor accessories like cushions or a pretty throw pillow.
7. Unexpected use of space
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This small gallery space doesn’t offer a conventional dining solution. Yet, it works rather well as a family breakfast table/ nook. The light colour scheme is fresh and light and the bench built along the staircase railing makes excellent use of the space.
8. Make use of all available space
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Any space can be enhanced with additional and stylish storage solutions. Think of adding a shelving unit directly below the stairs to take advantage of the awkward, extra space. Located adjacent to the kitchen, this space can be turned into a mini-bar, storing bar essentials and other accessories or it can become an excellent spot for a home office. These shelves would also be an ideal place to display an abundant book collection.