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Eternally hunting for brilliant blogs we were beyond excited to find this little nugget: Expert advice: 11 tips for making a room look bigger https://bit.ly/2fg4Ri8
Written by Justine Hand and published March 22, 2019, her pearls of wisdom start with the premise that small spaces present themselves with both charm and challenge. When done well they can be cosy, Zen-like retreats, but can equally feel cramped, claustrophobic and anything but restful. Her over-riding advice is that the key to successful small space living all boils down to tricking the eye into perceiving more space by employing three simple concepts: scale, light and movement. Here, we expand on our favourite of Justine’s tips:
Scale it down
Furniture for small spaces is all about proportions. To create a sense of roominess, always leave a little air in between the sides of your furniture and the walls…Avoid heavy, weighty pieces that eat up too much of the usable space…If you long for a statement piece (art or a mirror) hang it on the wall.
Keep a low profile
Furniture that is lower to the ground will create a feeling of openness.
Show a little leg
Create the illusion of space with openness and movement. Furniture that is streamlined allows light and air to flow not just over but also under and around it, so that it appears to float in space. Midcentury furniture is a good example.
Mirrors create a greater sense of openness. Not only do they reflect light, they also reflect the view, thereby tricking the eye into perceiving more space.
Ditch the drapes and rugs
Curtains stop the eye from taking in the view outside and they just add more stuff to the room. Eliminating them keeps the space simple. Shutters or lightweight mesh blinds are a good alternative. Ditto rugs – they can create clutter.
White it out
White has reflective qualities. It opens up a room, making it feel airy and light, calm and serene. Painting the walls and ceiling the same shade of white only enhances this effect and serves to blur the boundaries between wall and ceiling, causing your eye to travel up and essentially making the ceiling seem higher.
Above all, keep it simple
Small spaces are all about editing. The more pieces, possessions and patterns you have in a room, the more cluttered it will feel. Be strict with yourself and intentional about everything that goes into the room.
Futon Company says: What an inspiring piece! Our favourite snippet from Justine’s tips is to be intentional. We couldn’t agree more. As experts in small space living we are dedicated to creating space saving furniture and accessories that maximise the potential of a room, whatever its size. We’re firm believers that you should only bring things into your space that you love and that make you feel good. To get you in the mood, check out some of our space enhancing goodies…