Small Space Living

Small Space Living can be tricky, but if you follow some basic rules you can create a space which looks and feels much bigger:
Think small scale furniture for small spaces, but mix up the styles to give an interesting feel. This sofa and armchairs are petite in scale but still provide comfortable seating for four people. The neutral colour scheme is restful and allows the eye to travel around the room, nothing stands out too much which would draw the eye in and make the space feel smaller. To add interest this scheme uses many different textures; the wood floor, metal ottoman legs, quilted sofa back, stone fireplace and surround, check curtains, they all work together because they are in the same colour palette.
An L shaped sofa arrangement gives you maximum seating in a confined space. It can also provide a natural division between seating and dining areas where a room is used for both purposes. Leaving the windows and doors free of curtains and blinds also makes this space feel larger and brighter, privacy is not a problem in this room.
A glass coffee table or side tables seem to take up no space at all, for safety you could think perspex instead. The use of glass and mirrors can really open up a room. Here, the large wall mirror not only reflects light around the room but also reflects the wall opposite, visually widening the space. Any shiny surface can provide reflection, the gold lampshades hanging in the corners also reflect light.
Think about using open backed furniture which provides seating but appears to take up less space. The chaise allows you to see through the room, enlarging the space. The blue/grey walls are light and airy and the pale carpet opens up the space. The empty metallic frames are a very clever idea, they provide interest on the wall while not being too busy, some are mirrors to reflect the light. If these were filled with pictures and photos they would really close the space down and make it feel small and cluttered
Two small tables create a coffee table but can be moved apart (say as end tables) when more space is required. Think flexible, multi-purpose furniture to create storage and allow the space to have multiple uses.
Built in furniture can make a space more flexible, have the TV on show when required or behind closed doors when not. Plus the storage can conceal books, toys, craft materials etc. This minimalist room works because of the contrast between the wood, leather and fabric, no accessories are required.
Sofas and chairs that are raised on legs create the illusion of more space. The more floor area visible to the eye, the larger the room appears. This works particularly well in kitchens and bathrooms.
Using light colours makes the space appear bigger and brighter. Dark furniture draws the eye in and down.
Keeping the curtains the same colour or tone as the walls can also open up the space visually.
Multi purpose furniture makes sense in small rooms, an ottoman can be used as a coffee table, for storage and seating, it could also make a child friendly barrier (for example in front of a fire).
Do you have a small space? What are your own tips? Please share!
For more ideas on small space living, take a look at Houzz and Pinterest.

My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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