Small and smart apart­ment in­te­ri­ors

Cre­ate beau­ti­ful, colour­ful spa­ces that you will love to call your home in the sky with th­ese ex­pert tips

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Apart­ment liv­ing has a lot of ad­van­tages but the­sese small spa­ces can be a chal­lenge to dec­o­rate and fur­nish. Taub­mans am­bas­sador (right) shares her top colour tips for high-rise liv­ing.

Go bold

Use rich colours to ex­tend thehe vis­ual width of a room. A great eat way to get im­pact in a kitchen is to use a strong colour on the walls and use the same colour for the cab­i­nets, cre­at­ing a com­pletely new per­son­al­ity. I like rich emer­alds, aubergine and ink blues, teamed with metallics or gran­ite. Try Taub­mans Ad­mi­ral Blue.

Tonal or con­trast

Smaller apart­ments call for sim­plic­ity but this doesn’t have to mean bor­ing. Keep your palette for doors, trims, ceil­ing and cor­nices in the same colour fam­ily, and then se­lect one main colour for the walls. In the bed­rooms you can be a bit more playful, but I rec­om­mend the same colour palette, with min­i­mum con­trast so it does not feel like a jolt when you walk into the room.

Lighten up

Apart­ment liv­ing does not need to be about stark colour pal­ettes, but too many con­trast­ing colours and pat­terns can of­ten take over a space. Make sure your colours have a white, grey or blue/green base as th­ese colours re­flect light and cool colours re­cede. Some of my favourite whites are Taub­mans Crisp White, Akimbo and Clo Cloud­burst. Also, look at ti tim­bers that are ei­ther grey or o oak and pine to bal­ance strong colours, as they add a nat­u­ral warmth to the space. Th The trick is to con­nect the larg largest space in the room — the walls — to the sec­ond largest im­pact spa space —the floor. To make the room feel larger, I like to con­nect sim­i­lar colour pal­ettes and make the skirt­ing in that area the same colour as the wall, so that the eye trav­els from floor to ceil­ing, tak­ing ev­ery­thing in as one big space.

Modern vs pe­riod in­spired

Modern apart­ment liv­ing has min­i­mal fo­cus on trims, skirt­ings and ceil­ings. You can keep the palette quite sim­ple, with the ad­di­tion of a cou­ple more colours thrown in. Bur older in­te­ri­ors of­ten have many de­tails, so it is best to work out one main type of fea­ture to high­light in colour so the room does not be­come vis­ually over­loaded. De­cide which fea­ture you want to draw your eye, like pan­elling or cor­nic­ing and go from there.

White out LookL large

One of my pet hates is the com­mon per­cep­tion that apart­ment liv­ing needs to be treated as one big white box. Just adding a hint of colour to the walls can take the apart­ment from feel­ing clin­i­cal to full of life. A drop-leaf ta­ble and cor­ner chair (above) from Ikea work well in small spa­ces, while a wall bed (be­low) from The Com­fort Shop is the ul­ti­mate space saver.

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