Designing for Small Spaces

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In order to keep a smaller room from looking too cramped, good design is key in using that space well. Here are a few ways to expand smaller rooms of different types:

Colours and finishes: You don’t have to go with plain white, but keep in mind that darker paint or wood sometimes makes a smaller room feel even more cramped. Matching lighter-coloured furniture tones can also help keep a more open feel.

Take advantage of unconventional spaces: Storage under the bed, whether or not the bed has drawers, is often a good idea. Building into smaller nooks or under staircases is a good way to fit in storage or a desk. When you don’t have a lot of space, it’s important not to waste any of it.

Multipurpose furniture: Daybeds, ottomans with storage and other pieces that can be used multiple ways will help reduce the amount of furniture you need. You can also place tables in a way to make them available for multiple uses, instead of separate kitchen, serving area, and entry tables. 

High curtains: Hanging curtains from the ceiling draws the eye up further, and by increasing the room’s height can help make it feel bigger.

Use vertical spaces: Putting in upper shelves and Murphy beds will also help to pull your eye up, and will move some of your things out of the way. This is another way to take advantage of all the space you have available. Art, especially with perspective or colour that recedes, can also help the space look bigger, and adding some visual interest can improve the feel of the environment.

 Using storage in walls, and benches doubled as resting areas can be a great way to save space and improve your rooms. 
Using storage in walls, and benches doubled as resting areas can be a great way to save space and improve your rooms. 

Modular storage and seating: Adding together smaller units will help you choose only as much as you need and as much as your space will hold, rather than big couches and shelves. Smaller side tables will also work better than full-sized coffee tables.

Glass front shelving: Open and visible storage can help to make the space feel bigger, and glass panels can add a touch of class and neatness. This is part of generally reducing clutter, which will help the space feel less cramped.

Focus on usage: In order to make your space more efficient, try thinking about how you’ll actually be working in it. Being better organised will help you focus on what you need and fit your furniture and other things together in more efficient ways.

Tweet us your best design space saving idea, and if it’s cool we will feature it on @homelyau’s twitter page. 


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