Tricks to make the most of small spa­ces

Clever use of colour can help you stretch out your in­te­ri­ors, mak­ing them seem larger.

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT -

Dark or light paint? That’s the ul­ti­mate ques­tion for small-space dwellers.

Af­ter all, we’re fre­quently told that smaller rooms should be painted with light colours. But in re­al­ity, you needn’t be afraid of em­brac­ing ei­ther. ei­ther side of the win­dow to make it ap­pear big­ger and al­low more light in. If there isn’t much nat­u­ral light, add more light­ing. Stripes can also al­ter per­cep­tion. Hor­i­zon­tal stripes vis­ually widen a nar­row room, while ver­ti­cal stripes make a low ceil­ing seem taller. So­fas and arm­chairs with open or no arms and ex­posed legs al­low light un­der the fur­ni­ture and make a space feel big­ger.

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