Design for small spaces

Jul 6, 2015 | Anoushka's Blog, Small space design

Finish room

Small lounge room

Hi All. I’m always getting asked for ideas around how to make the most of small spaces. This has become a bit of an interior design niche for me I guess. So I wanted to remind you of some previous hints and tips that I have shared through my blog.

When your living in a home where space is at a premium floor planning and furniture placements is the most single important aspect to get right. If you get this wrong you will never be happy with the way your room flows and it may even feel clumsy or completely unworkable.

When investing in furniture for small spaces keep the pieces flexible. For instance if you are furnishing a living room perhaps only have one small two seater sofa and supplement this with occasional chairs that can be moved around and reconfigured depending on how you are using the space at any given time. Avoid large coffee tables, opting for a couple of smaller side tables and stools that will easily fit around your other pieces without taking up too much room.

Another key aspect is to use a rug to bring the space together. Choosing a rug that sits under the front legs of your sofa and occasional chairs will give the illusion of a larger space. So go as large as possible with your rug, but don’t take it as far as the skirting boards, leave at least 500mm at the edge.

The materials you use are also very important. Choose sofa’s with a lightweight feel, perhaps on chrome legs or least a high leg so that you can see just underneath, and choosing either a light sofa or light rug will help keep the room feeling spacious. Try not to introduce heavy feeling materials, stick to metal finishes that reflect light, white pieces, light woods and lighter fabrics and colours. That’s not to say you couldn’t embrace how small your space is and introduce a dark colour palette so the room feels cosy. Just ensure you have some contrast and balance with other lighter colours and reflective materials.

Ensure the furniture pieces are the right scale, it’s better to choose fewer larger pieces than several smaller pieces and the larger furniture will actually make your room feel more spacious and uncluttered.

Take a look at a couple of previous posts for more ideas on how to work with small spaces:

https://www.anoushkaallum.com.au//2012/05/21/small-space-living/

https://www.anoushkaallum.com.au//2012/08/27/fabulous-rooms/

Feel free to send me images of your small spaces and the fabulous ways you’ve adapted them to meet your needs.

Happy decorating!

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