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Small spaces, big ideas…

When it comes to small space design there are plenty of handy hints and smart tricks which can help to maximise what you have to work with. Sara Emslie, stylist and author of Beautifully Small features in the October issue of Coast Magazine, offering big ideas for small spaces… and Futon Company gives you the lowdown. She says…”The key to making a small space work is to shelve any preconceived ideas you have about what a home should contain, and instead try and enjoy balancing practicality with style.” Her top tips for small space living include:
• Be considered in your use of colour – off-whites lighten a space, but the alternative for a narrow dark hallway is to go for really dark and moody. Or use punches of colour as a highlight.
• Balance pattern with blocks of plain colour or pure white, which will provide the eye with a place to rest.
• Lift things off the floor and use the walls, where possible. Attach peg rails to walls or inside cupboards. Brooms, coats, hats, baskets, chairs, even bikes can all be hung on pegs, freeing up valuable floor space.

She continues….”In a tiny home, every object counts. The trick is to go hard or go home: either play with scale and space, say, a giant angle poise over a small armchair, or focus on repeated motifs, such as the same style of table lamp throughout. “Use light reflective or transparent materials in furniture and fittings. Glossy laminates or mirrored finishes will maximise the available light….Keep your eye out for mini but hardworking furniture…There’s nothing like the smaller pleasures in life.”

Futon Company says: We’re big advocates of the premise that furniture for small spaces should combine an appealing aesthetic with practicality. As small space specialists we’re constantly striving to design and source pieces which have multiple uses, or can be moved around and stored on pegs or in small cupboards when not in use. Check out key pieces designed with small space living in mind…

 

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