Most of us recognise the struggle of being short on space and big on needs. The million-dollar question that is on everyone’s lips is how to maximise your space and keep a small room feeling open and light.
To help answer the question, we invited Homewings’ interior designer Shari to provide some clever tips on how to make the most of any small space.
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“If you’re dealing with a space-challenged room and you want to give the illusion that it is larger than it is, you want to keep it light. Start with the colour palette - especially on the walls. Lighter shades tend to recede from the eye, making a room feel bigger, while dark and bright colours come towards you, making a room feel smaller.
The other light trick to keep in mind is using reflective materials. Mirrors and glass will help bounce the light around giving you the illusion that the room is bigger than it is. Very sneaky.”
“Experimenting with proportions is a great way to change the feel of a room. You might think that for a smaller area, a smaller rug makes more sense. But actually using an oversized rug will make the space feel much larger.
Similarly, if you are dressing your windows with curtains, select panels that start above the window and go all the way to the floor. This makes the window appear larger and the ceiling appear higher than they are, thus making the room feel bigger and lighter. Don’t think small just because the space is small.”
“Designers and companies are answering the calls for how to deal with small spaces with clever, multifunctional furniture and storage solutions. A coffee table or seat which has storage too? Yes, please.
Also keep an eye out for furniture which can be easily moved, folded or stored away. These are your friends if you have a small space on your hands and they are certainly worth investing in to help you manage the feel of your room.”
“Mess is never nice, but particularly in a small space you want to clear your surfaces as much as possible. Too much clutter will make a room feel cramped and crowded, and makes cleaning up a hassle, too.
If you’re like me and have a tendency to accumulate ‘bits & bobs’, invest in furniture pieces or stools that double as storage. They’re a lifesaver when you need to tidy up quickly, and can look amazing, too!”
If you're short on space and looking for ways to optimise it, investing in design advice from a professional stylist can really pay off – and it doesn’t need to break the bank.
For as little as £199 per room, you can work with Shari or any of the many other talented designers at Homewings to turn your interior design dream into reality. You can also book a complimentary 30-minute consultation with Homewings’ design team to find out exactly how they could help you.