When a space is small, you need to make every bit of it count – utilize every square inch and use tricks to make the space appear larger. So how do you go about doing this to make a small area work for you? We look at some common tips and tricks:
1. Scale the furniture to suit the size of the room.
This is a no brainer: if you have a small area, don’t fill it up with large pieces of furniture. Pick items that match the size and scale of the room. Also don’t try and fit in too many things and place the furniture along the walls, so that you leave area in the center to create space.
2. Use low slung furniture with clean lines.
Low slung furniture such as low settees, tables, beds and so on frees up more space while offering the same amount of seating space or storage or sleeping space. The space under the furniture is mostly wasted anyway! Also minimalist designs with uncluttered lines work better for a small space.
3. Use nesting furniture or multipurpose furniture.
Chairs that stack, tables that nest within one another; nesting furniture is a real space saver because it is out of the way when you don’t need it. Also use furniture that is multipurpose: a book case that is also a desk, or a sofa that is also a bed when it opens out (think futons).
4. Use light colors to create the illusion of space.
Light colored walls will reflect light, giving the illusion of space. If you prefer darker dramatic colors, confine that color to just one accent wall, leaving the other walls in a lighter color that will give the illusion of light and space.
5. Limit the furniture to a couple of colors.
Having a palette of multiple hues is not a good idea for a small space; it can create something of an assault on the senses. As you should keep the furniture muted (fewer large pieces or smaller items), so should you keep the colors muted.
6. Use mirrors and other reflecting surfaces to give the impression of space.
This is a trick that restaurants and hotels frequently use, to make cramped spaces appear more spacious. Placing a mirror all along one wall instantly gives the illusion of doubling the size of a room. Even using smaller strategically placed mirrors or other reflecting surfaces can work. If you have a partition within the room, make it a translucent one, to add to that feeling of space.
7. Let in the light.
Keep furniture away from natural sources of light such as doors and windows so that you’re not blocking the sunlight.
8. Reduce clutter.
Untidy clutter actually and physically reduces the amount of space you have in a room. Reduce clutter by being better organized. Not only should everything have a place, you should make the effort to see that everything is put in its place when not being used. And consider the actual amount of things you really need. If you don’t need it, it needn’t be there!
About the Author:
Sarika Periwal writes home decor and interior design articles. She has been promoting handcrafted oak wood dining room furniture sets that have a classic timeless appeal and last for years. Check out some space saving expandable tables for smaller spaces.