Smart ideas when de­sign­ing small spa­ces

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - METRO REGION -

As homes be­come smaller and we adopt a more min­i­mal­ist life­style, in­te­rior dé­cor is of­fer­ing fresh so­lu­tions to fur­nish tighter spots. Here are some big ideas to max­i­mize your mini space.

Con­sider your rou­tine. Be re­al­is­tic about your daily habits and how you use the space so you can pri­or­i­tize fur­ni­ture and lay­out. Do you re­ally eat at the din­ing ta­ble, or do you bring your plate to the couch? Do you work from home, or can you do away with that stately desk? Make your floor plan work for your life­style and you’ll free up space in un­ex­pected places.

Set rooms apart with colour. De­vel­op­ing a unique style for each space can cre­ate the feel­ing of a larger home. Give ev­ery room a dis­tinct colour pal­ette that you use from the walls to the ac­ces­sories, so that each feels de­fined and dis­tinct with its own mood and char­ac­ter.

Go ver­ti­cal. One of the big­gest mis­takes peo­ple make in tiny liv­ing spa­ces is ne­glect­ing ev­ery­thing above eye level. But this leaves out valu­able square footage. Uti­lize empty walls for added shelv­ing and hang­ing stor­age, wall-mounted light­ing and even a ver­ti­cal herb or flower gar­den.

Spread the light. Nat­u­ral light can make ev­ery­thing look brighter, big­ger and more invit­ing. For a seam­less look at the win­dow, con­sider roller shades, for ex­am­ple, which com­bine the en­ergy-ef­fi­cient con­struc­tion of a cel­lu­lar shade with the clean lines and sim­plic­ity of a roller shade. To­day’s new de­signs gen­tly dif­fuse light, pro­vid­ing am­biance to all an­gles of your room.

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