BIG IDEAS, SMALL SPACES
TIPS TO HELP DECORATE THE TRICKY AREAS IN YOUR HOME
Large open-plan spaces, 4m ceilings, bedrooms fit for a king and a butler. Doesn’t sound familiar? What we see featured between the glossy pages of interiors magazines isn’t always relatable to us here at home. Decorating a tricky or small space, and nailing it, can be a very rewarding exercise for yourself and of course for any guests who appreciate style. Decluttering is the first step in creating a stylish new space. Not only will this be good for your soul, but to be able to visualise the road ahead means starting with a blank canvas.
Utilise light colours, or the complete opposite, contrasting a light and bright palette with super dark and bold hues for added depth and the illusion of a larger space.
Neutral, muted colours can appear dull
and a little dreary in more compact spaces. You’ll want your colour palette to be dynamic to make up for the size.
Statement decor pieces and greenery, instead of grouped small items, offer a sense of elegance and luxury, using negative space to maintain added interest. Remember not every surface needs styling, especially in small spaces, let the furniture breathe and speak for itself.
Rugs, large mirrors or wall art can do wonders for small spaces. Rugs have the ability to define rooms, great for sectioning public spaces like living and dining rooms. Large, hero artwork can act as a focal point, allowing the eye to move through the room and settle on the piece of art. Mirrors are one better again, and when hung on the darkest wall, they reflect light around the room.
Strategic lighting is another way to give the illusion of size. Multiple light sources, for example, downlights, lamps and a gorgeous pendant not only add interest, but they light up the entire room, in particular, spaces that lack natural light.
Choose furniture pieces that have exposed legs, or are lifted off the ground, preferably with a storage option or multi-purpose action. For example, upholstered ottomans not only act as a coffee table but have added storage. Metal bed frames give the impression of size as your eye moves under the frame itself. Making educated decisions on furniture pieces is so important and can really make or break a small space.
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