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Cus­tom de­signs like this slim TV unit (pic­tured left) can make all the difference. Add light items such as a glass cof­fee ta­ble and sheer cur­tains that won’t take up vis­ual space. Geo­met­ric wall­pa­per, for ex­am­ple this cus­tom de­sign, can make walls ap­pear wider. Kim­ber­ley Rich­mond, Beautiful Spa­ces

As they’re eas­ier and less ex­pen­sive to clean, main­tain and dec­o­rate, there are ad­van­tages to liv­ing in small spa­ces. We asked the ex­perts for their tips for mak­ing the most of them

In a small space, a stun­ning state­ment piece al­ways has more im­pact than a lot of small items, which just cre­ate vis­ual clut­ter. Clin­ton Sav­age, Clin­ton Sav­age In­te­ri­ors

The way you dress win­dows can make a room feel big­ger. Hang the cur­tains close to the ceil­ing, which makes win­dows and ceil­ings ap­pear higher. In­te­rior de­signer,

Kirsty Baden­horst

When de­sign­ing a bath­room in a pied-à-terre, lose the bath! A com­fort­able walk-in shower is far bet­ter. In­clude a stun­ning ac­cent tile for in­ter­est and good light­ing for am­bi­ence. Sue Lloyd-Roberts, Mint De­signer Ren­o­va­tions

The more nat­u­ral light, the grander the space. To bring in more, place a mir­rored sur­face on a wall per­pen­dic­u­lar to the source. Ar­chi­tec­tural de­signer

Puja Pa­tel, SAOTA Look for min­i­mal­ist fur­ni­ture with clean straight lines. For ex­am­ple, a din­ing ta­ble with chunky legs will over­whelm a tight space while one with nar­row legs won’t in­trude.

Michael and Kylie Born­man, Kipekee Stu­dio

If floor space is limited, the so­lu­tion is to mount lights

on the wall. Long-armed and ad­justable op­tions let you di­rect the light where it’s re­quired. Guy Har­ris, New­port

Light­ing Stick to a sim­ple colour scheme with one or two colours. With less con­fu­sion and less clut­ter, a room feels big­ger. Sil­via Miles, Mile­stone Kitchens Mir­ror­ing a wall from floor to ceil­ing or a kitchen from counter to ceil­ing im­me­di­ately in­creases the sense of depth. Kevin Lloyd, Kevin Lloyd Ar­chi­tects Invest in pieces that can be used for more than one thing such as a set of nest­ing ta­bles that can dou­ble as a cof­fee ta­ble. A desk can also func­tion as a buf­fet when en­ter­tain­ing, and a bench can be a cof­fee ta­ble and ex­tra seat­ing. Clin­ton Sav­age, Clin­ton Sav­age In­te­ri­ors

In a bath­room, 13 use a shadow line ceil­ing in­stead of a cor­nice and fit strips of LEDs to cast light down­wards, in­creas­ing the im­pres­sion of size. Sally Shaw, Sally Shaw Bath­rooms

Many houses have wooden cot­tage-pane win­dows, which make the in­te­ri­ors feel cramped and dark. To en­hance the feel­ing of space, paint the wood white. If the win­dow looks onto an unattrac­tive area, re­place the glass with mir­ror, to re­flect the in­te­rior in­stead. Heather Wel­ham, Port­fo­lio In­te­ri­ors Use vis­ual sep­a­ra­tion to de­fine zones within a space. By adding changes in floor lev­els, ma­te­rial fin­ishes, light­ing, ceil­ing and fur­ni­ture, you can gain the sense of go­ing into an­other room, with­out cre­at­ing phys­i­cal bound­aries with walls. Ar­chi­tec­tural de­signer, Puja Pa­tel, SAOTA

Opt for a free16 stand­ing kitchen so that fur­ni­ture can be moved around and used in dif­fer­ent ways. For ex­am­ple, a small is­land can be used as a server or a din­ing room ta­ble, and the gro­cery cup­board door as a black­board. Sil­via Miles,

Mile­stone Kitchens Small spa­ces don’t nec­es­sar­ily need small pieces of fur­ni­ture. A sin­gle over­sized piece, as long as it’s in pro­por­tion and prac­ti­cal, can of­ten give the il­lu­sion of space. Hay­ley Blaine, In­side Out

Home Bou­tique If the space is nar­row, use stripes hor­i­zon­tally to give the im­pres­sion of width; if the ceil­ing is low, use ver­ti­cal stripes to cre­ate height. Stephen Black,

Black Fab­rics Es­tab­lish a fo­cal wall that draws the eye so that there is less em­pha­sis on the size of the room. An easy way to do this is by cladding a sin­gle wall with an in­ter­est­ing wall­pa­per. Al­ter­na­tively you could com­pose a gallery wall us­ing in­ter­est­ing art­works, frames and mounted arte­facts. In­te­rior de­signer, Kirsty Baden­horst The Supine Lounger from our range is a com­fort­able and stylish couch for ev­ery­day use but can be trans­formed ef­fort­lessly into a daybed when com­pany ar­rives. Michael and Kylie Born­man, Kipekee Stu­dio Paint the walls a dark colour. Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, a dark colour does not make the space smaller but makes the walls re­cede, cre­at­ing a feel­ing of space and in­trigue. Sally Shaw, Sally Shaw Bath­rooms Opt for a frame­less glass shower panel as op­posed to a shower door. Sue Lloy­dRoberts, Mint De­signer Ren­o­va­tions

In­tro­duce a link to the out­doors whether it’s slid­ing doors onto the pa­tio or gar­den, a bal­cony or a roof gar­den – an out­door space feels like an ex­tra room. Derry Baker, Wy­att and Baker Ar­chi­tects

Don’t for­get to use ver­ti­cal space. Floorto-ceil­ing book­cases work well. Carida Muir­head, Finely Found It In­te­ri­ors Look for fur­ni­ture with ex­posed legs rather than fully up­hol­stered. Be­ing able to see un­der a chair or sofa gives the il­lu­sion of more room. In­te­rior de­signer, Lloyd Cook In bed­rooms, slid­ing cup­board doors al­low more space for bed­room fur­ni­ture. Pull-down hang­ing rails let you add an ex­tra ac­ces­si­ble hang­ing space in your closet. Cindy Tal­bot, Sins Tal­bot De­sign & Decor An open-plan lay­out al­ways looks much larger than a se­ries of small rooms. Derry Baker, Wy­att and Baker Ar­chi­tects

Opt for




An ot­toman

can act as ad­di­tional

seat­ing, but one with

space in­side is even bet­ter. Melissa Lawrence, Stu­dio Melissa Louise

Stor­age is im­por­tant, and must be in­te­grated for a clut­ter-free home. Con­sider un­used ar­eas above door height, for ex­am­ple, where shelves can be in­stalled, and mul­ti­func­tional fur­ni­ture that in­cor­po­rates stor­age. Cor­nell van der Westhuizen, CC Ar­chi­tects See-through fur­ni­ture is ideal for com­pact spa­ces. For ex­am­ple, a din­ing chair with a solid back blocks the sight line through the din­ing space and makes it look clut­tered while a translu­cent chair or one with an open or spin­dled back won’t. Michael and Kylie Born­man,

Kipekee Stu­dio

Use paint as a uni­fy­ing

tool. Paint skirt­ing boards,

walls and ceil­ings the

same neu­tral colour to

make cor­ners dis­ap­pear,

giv­ing the room a much

softer, cosier feel­ing. In a

small kitchen, paint the

cup­boards the same

colour as the walls. Carida Muir­head, Finely Found It In­te­ri­ors Max­imise kitchen stor­age space with the many ac­ces­sories available. Look at items like a bio-bin that has di­vi­sions for re­cy­cling and pull-out cor­ner pantries that make use of ev­ery inch of oth­er­wise wasted cor­ner units. Cindy Tal­bot,

Sins Tal­bot De­sign & Decor

SOURCES Black Fab­rics black­fab­rics.co.za CC Ar­chi­tects the­bigs­mall­home.com Clin­ton Sav­age In­te­ri­ors clin­ton­sav­agein­te­ri­ors.blogspot.com Finely Found It In­te­ri­ors fine­ly­foundit­in­te­ri­ors.co.za In­side Out Home Bou­tique in­sid­e­outhb.co.za Kevin Lloyd Ar­chi­tects klar­chi­tects.co.za Kim­ber­ley Rich­mond beau­ti­fulspaces.co.za Kipekee Stu­dio kipekeestu­dio.co.za Kirsty Baden­horst In­te­ri­ors kbin­te­ri­ors.co.za Lloyd Cook lloy­d­cook­in­te­ri­ors.co.za Mile­stone Kitchens mile­stonek­itchens.co.za Mint

De­signer Ren­o­va­tions mint­house.co.za New­port Light­ing new­port.co.za Port­fo­lio In­te­ri­ors 083 443 0339 Sally Shaw Bath­rooms sallyshaw­bath­rooms.co.za SAOTA saota.com Sins Tal­bot De­sign & Decor sin­stal­bot@gmail.com Stu­dio Melissa Louise melissa­louise.co.za Wy­att and Baker Ar­chi­tects derry@wy­at­tbaker.co.za

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