Cottages & Bungalows
Small Space Functionality
For many cottages and bungalows, space is something you cannot take for granted. James likes to see the challenge of designing small spaces as a positive. “I love it because there are so many opportunities for creative solutions,” he says. To make the most of your small space, consider his following tips on bringing together functionality and aesthetics.
Look for ways to visually open the space.
There are many ways to open up a space that feels small. Removing a wall for an open concept look is one example. Open shelving is another feature that also lends classic cottage charm. James chose both these options, as well as a less traditional choice: “I decided to paint the shelving black, because it gives it depth and makes it feel more spacious,” he says.
Scale down appliances.
“When you’re designing a small space, things need to be intentional, and you need to work within your parameters,” James says. Find appliances that best fit the size and scale of your kitchen.
Corners aren’t the solution.
It can be tempting to try to shove things into every available space, but doing so can feel claustrophobic.“Have things be built-in and functional and catered towards the use of the space,” James says.
Bring in the light.
“Add natural and artificial light to make it feel brighter and bigger,” James says. Light fixtures are also another way to add touches of fun and character to your space.
Unify with color.
James chose to make the cabinets, appliances and countertops all black so that they all blended together as one block of color. “It makes it feel bigger because you have one solid element instead of broken-up color pieces,” he says.
“It also allows your eye to flow to the smaller aesthetic details.”