Tricks to make the most of small spa­ces

South Waikato News - - Backyard Banter -

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.

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