Life & Style Weekend - - BEST OF HOME - WORDS: DANNI MORRISON For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, visit­sign­by­

Cre­at­ing a stylish and chic in­te­rior within a small space can feel daunt­ing and dif­fi­cult. How­ever, with the right for­mula, you can ef­fort­lessly style an in­te­rior that’s prac­ti­cal, com­fort­able and beau­ti­ful. Be­fore you fill an area with so­fas, chairs, ta­bles and all the con­ven­tional pieces often styled in a liv­ing room, think about how you use the space and the en­vi­ron­ment you live in. In small spa­ces, it’s im­por­tant to con­sider multi-pur­pose fur­ni­ture for ease of func­tion. Buf­fets can act as a desk for a study­ing teen or part­ner work­ing late. A bench seat can ac­com­mo­date guests, act as a con­sole against a wall, a cof­fee ta­ble for serv­ing or an ot­toman for putting your feet up.

In close quar­ters, floor space is like the Up­per Man­hat­tan of real es­tate: ab­so­lute prime and should be treated ac­cord­ingly.

Leave the floor for pieces that sim­ply must sit on the floor and put to use your walls and ceil­ings. Get cre­ative with things such as stor­age, light­ing and even beds which can eas­ily be wall mounted. Con­sid­er­ing the great­est lux­ury in small ar­eas is floor space, se­lect fur­ni­ture with thin, high legs and svelte form to give the eye the il­lu­sion of a more ex­pan­sive space.

An open-plan lay­out more often than not means your liv­ing, din­ing and kitchen are all within one vis­ually co­he­sive space.

Unite your look by us­ing common ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes within each space to give the vis­ual per­cep­tion of space and uni­for­mity. In a nut­shell, treat the en­tire space as a sin­gle en­tity.

The pro­por­tion of fur­ni­ture and decor is an ob­vi­ous no-brainer. How­ever, you may think a smaller space looks best with a small clus­ter of pieces. This is not al­ways the case.

Styled with vis­ually pro­por­tion­ate fur­ni­ture, a beau­ti­ful state­ment piece makes a lovely im­pact in­stead of the vis­ual clut­ter of nu­mer­ous small dis­plays. This could be a large decor item sit­ting pride of place on a buf­fet, a beau­ti­ful pen­dant light or piece of art.

Nat­u­ral light is your great­est as­set, so en­sure the light has an all access path into your in­te­rior.

Where pos­si­ble, the pri­or­ity of your fur­ni­ture place­ment lies around the flow of nat­u­ral light and ven­ti­la­tion. Strate­gi­cally placed mir­rors and re­flec­tive fur­ni­ture can work won­ders in small places.

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