Tricks to make the most of small spaces
Clever use of colour can help you stretch out your interiors, making them seem larger.
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. brighter. Glossy surfaces which reflect light are ideal for small rooms, particularly when using darker paint. Use a higher gloss finish on kitchen cabinetry, builtin shelving and fireplace surrounds, but keep the walls lowsheen. Placing a mirror near a window to reflect the outdoors is especially effective at visually expanding a room. Mirrored wardrobe doors and cabinets, glass tables and acrylic chairs are ideal for small spaces. 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.
Resene advises teaming your favourite dark colour with a lighter neutral and good lighting to keep a smaller room feeling spacious.