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Mak­ing the most of a small space

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS - By re­work­ing the lay­out, a com­pact liv­ing space can be as chic as Tr­isha An­dres’ home

Get­ting the most out of a lim­ited space can be a challenge, but there are lots of ways to make your home feel more spa­cious. Al­li­son Chat­ten, in­te­ri­ors spe­cial­ist and de­signer at Bazaar Group, says, ‘One room can have many dif­fer­ent uses through­out the day. You may start off work­ing from home, then have to re­con­fig­ure your space and its mood for en­ter­tain­ing, but it also has to be a calm­ing space.’

Get or­gan­ised

Start with a clear-out, be­cause re­duc­ing clut­ter is key. Then – if you have the lux­ury of plan­ning from scratch – look for mul­ti­func­tional fur­ni­ture. The num­ber of com­pa­nies of­fer­ing fold­away chairs, com­pact ta­bles, light­weight, move­able fur­ni­ture, clever stor­age and smart beds grows all the time, and in­cludes ranges such as Ikea’s PS, Marks & Spencer’s Loft, Next’s Stu­dio and Bazaar Group’s Icon. Use the ver­ti­cal with tall, open-backed shelv­ing or in­stall

float­ing shelves. Opt for wall-mounted light­ing rather than floor lamps.

Open­ing up the space

‘Cram­ming in too much fur­ni­ture is al­ways a no-no,’ says Al­li­son. ‘If you need more places to sit, stools can be ideal but also look at light­weight seat­ing, which can be eas­ily moved into other ar­eas.’ Al­li­son ad­vises paint­ing walls white to make the most of any nat­u­ral light. ‘White can be clin­i­cal, so add in­ter­est­ing tex­tures in tac­tile fab­rics and layer with cush­ions and throws,’ she says.

When it comes to mak­ing com­pact kitchens feel larger, Richard De­lane, cre­ative di­rec­tor at The Wood Works, says: ‘Choose sleek, con­tem­po­rary de­signs that open up the space. Light, re­flec­tive ma­te­ri­als and min­i­mal­ist de­signs are your friends in small kitchens, so con­sider white cab­i­nets or even mir­rored fin­ishes to bounce the light around. Fit a boil­ing-water tap to re­move the need for a ket­tle and buy smaller ap­pli­ances, such as slim­line dish­wash­ers.’

Use re­flec­tive sur­faces to make the most of the light Fold­away fur­ni­ture is a good space-sav­ing so­lu­tion

Con­sider a peg­board wall with move­able shelv­ing

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